Diccon Bewes is an experienced travel writer who has lived in Switzerland for four years. An 18-month world trip set him up for a career in travel writing, via the scenic route of bookselling. After ten years at Lonely Planet and Holiday Which? magazine, he decamped to Switzerland, where he is currently manager of the Stauffacher English Bookshop in Bern. As well as grappling with German, re-learning to cross the road properly, and overcoming his innate desire to form an orderly queue, he has spent the last four years exploring the bits of the country he'd never heard of before and eating lots of chocolate.
A NO.1 BESTSELLING BOOK IN SWITZERLAND "We all know that Switzerland gave us the world cuckoo clocks, triangular chocolate and penknives, but how about the Toilet Duck, Velcro and LSD? Europe's "landlocked island" is a great subject for a cultural anthropologist and Bewes, manager of an English language bookshop in Bern, is a perfect guide." -A FINANCIAL TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR 2010 - Bewes has an engagingly light and comic touchA" - Clover Stroud, The Sunday Telegraph (July 2010) Informative and Entertaining.A" - Harry Ritchie, The Mail on Sunday (Aug 2010) "It's a real page turner, a treasure trove. Absolutely jam-packed with fascinating facts that really got me thinking." -Margaret Oertig-Davidson, author of Beyond Chocolate Everything you wanted to know about Switzerland, and then some. Not just a travel book, 'Swiss Watching' is a no-stone-unturned exploration of what makes (and has made) this enigmatic country tick.A" - Peter Kerr, author of the Snowball Orange series of five books