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http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/190...d_i=1909282634 by David Hampshire, Living & Working in Switzerland
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LOL, you obviously do not know the story of Thomas Cook then, I guess

(July 1841, a printer from Market Harborough, organises the first ever 'leisure' trip from Leicester to Loughborough- for a Temperance (anti alcohol league) picinic. If you ever visit Leicester, you'll see a statue of our Thomas next to the station, and his first (second actually- but the early one was tiny) Travel Agency above the Footlocker shop near the Clock Tower- with a tiles frieze depicting this first event- and later ones to Scotland, and the first ever Tourist Trip to Switzerland in 1863- described in the Diccon Bewes book named above). Always fascinates me that the Swiss Tourism industry, and the World's- began in Leicester in the industrial Midlands. Even more so as the train the passengers took on their return journey, on the Paris to Bern line, passes everyday right by my house- and a train we have ourselves taken so many times to go back to... Leicester and Market Harborough).
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Old 01.09.2015, 19:02
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De Zaak Zonnebloem / L'Affaire Tournesol / The Calculus Affair

Part of the album is taking place in lovely Nyon! Hergé travelled to Geneva/Nyon/Gland/Rolle/Lausanne to find inspiration for this album.


There's even a little tour you can do in Nyon to trace back all the images depicted in the album:

http://www.nyon.ch/fr/vivre/culture-...-nyon-624-3870

http://www.nyon.ch/multimedia/docs/2...pliant_nrt.pdf
Not just Nyon. The Geneva locations shown all actually exist, or used to exist (including the airport ones). There's one minor slip when the interior view of Geneva station is actually Lausanne. Everything else is absolutely accurate.
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De Zaak Zonnebloem / L'Affaire Tournesol / The Calculus Affair
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There's even a little tour you can do in Nyon
Do they explain why it's not called The Sunflower Affair?
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Numbered Account by Christopher Reich (financial thriller)

Travesties by Tom Stoppard (imagines interactions between well known expatriates living in Zurich during the First WW -- Lenin, Joyce, the guy who started Dada forgetting his name at the mo)
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THE CLEAR FOUNTAIN
The French painter Gustave Courbet spent the last four years of his life in exile on the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland. He was wanted by the police for the demolition of Napoleon’s Vendôme Column during the Paris Commune – of which he was a member – in the wake of France’s defeat in the Franco-Prussian War. In July 1873, Courbet left his home town of Ornans, along with two of his assistants, and set off on a donkey for exile in Switzerland. He sojourned in the Jura countryside along the way, bathed in cool rivers whenever he could, and eventually, after spending some time in Geneva, made his new home in a studio in La Tour-de-Peilz. Once there, he captured the majesty of Lake Geneva on canvas, in all its colours and moods; exhibited his latest paintings; made love with Juliette, his Piedmontese housekeeper; sang in the village choir; cursed the police, who were pursuing and harrassing him; and drank himself into an exhausted death at the age of 58.

Have not read this one yet, but it's on my reading list for winter. Link contains recommended books by Swiss authors, (most) taking place in Switzerland.
http://www.prohelvetia.ch/12-recomme...92.0.html?&L=4
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Geschichte der Schweiz - Thomas Maissen.

It has everything you need to know.
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Have visited beautiful Ornans in the French Jura many times, not far from me- and visited the Corbet Museum several times too- so must read the Clear Fountain, thanks. The drive down through the Gorge from just above Pontarlier is amazing. Many will remember Courbet for his paiting 'the origins of the world' which proved to be really shocking at the time (normally at the Ornans Courbet Museum, currently on loan to Quay d'Orsay, I believe).
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'Can't wait to read the latter part of the book where that famous first trip in 1863 turns to Bern and then Neuchâtel and then passes right by our house on its way to Pontarlier and Paris- just as it still does now'

well I loved the book and learnt so much about my own country, and parts of Switzerland I know so well and yet wasn't always aware of the history. An EF friend from the UK told me today that Diccon is an EF member- so thank you Diccon. Diccon's book has a great reading lists of books relevant to Switzerland at the back- very useful.

But the last part was such a disappointment, as Diccon's trip finished in Neuchâtel- and never did take the Bern-Neuchâtel-Pontarlier-Paris train right past the bottom of our garden.The one I took when I first went to live in London, Easter 1970 and so many times in between- and the one so many of my ancestors took to go to Paris and on to Le Havre or London, to emigrate to the USA, Canada or Australia even since it opened. The line opened in 1860, just 3 years before Miss Jemima's trip organised by Thomas and which truly started the tourism industry here, and changed the country forever.

So good news that I have a copy of Cook's 1874Tourist's handbook to Switzerland via Paris- where this last bit of the journey is well described, in the final chapter called 'HOME', with a section on Neuchâtel earlier in the book. Best start at the beginning though.
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The Fear Index by Robert Harris

The story begins as Dr Alex Hoffmann, an American expat living in Switzerland, and the founder of his eponymous hedge fund, is attacked in his home by an unknown assailant. The next morning he proceeds to his company, where his British CEO, the charismatic Hugo Quarry, is pitching for a renewed investment from the firm's existing clients. They seek to utilise Hoffmann's genius with algorithms into a system, named VIXAL-4, which can provide sufficient data on the markets to generate successful hedges.
Over the course of the business day the situation becomes unstable, with VIXAL assuming a level of risk considered unsustainable by the human staff, and they strive to shut it down. As this happens Hoffmann also begins to suspect that he is losing his mind.
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Here is a review from the New Yorker: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/04/bo...ller.html?_r=0

Friedrich Dürrenmatt's The Visit and Martin Suter's Small World
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Wilhelm Tell by Friedrich Schiller

Bloke shows off his bow & arrow skills, skedaddles round some mountains and murders another bloke. Presumably because he was not permitted to use his shiny Swiss Army knife to peel the apple.
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Reading really interesting book on Kindle now, as couldn't get paper copy- about the history of the most famous ever watch-maker, Breguet- who did his apprenticeship in 1761 very near to me. And the story of the fabulous Breguet watch collection, stolen from the Mayer's Museum in Israel, including the most sophisticated watch ever made, for Marie-Antoinette.

John Biggs 'Marie-Antoinette's watch' - a 'must' for anyone interested in the watch industry.

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Just finished it- what a great story. But it also tells you so much about the growth, fall and re-birth of watch-making and collecting- including watch-making in the USA, in Lancaster Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Ohio, etc.

A 'must' for all those interested in watches.

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Just finished it- what a great story. But it also tells you so much about the growth, fall and re-birth of watch-making and collecting- including watch-making in the USA, in Lancaster Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Ohio, etc.

A 'must' for all those interested in watches.
Forgive my ignorance, but weren't the Pennsylvanian watchmakers of German descent rather than Swiss?
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The Bells by Richard Harvel.

An exquisite book that starts high in the Swiss Alps, spends time in the monastery in ST Gallen and romps through the opera houses of Europe. It's a story of true love for music and mensch.
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Hansjörg Schneider. His detective Kommissär Hunkeler has been operating in Basel in the ones that I have read. "Tod einer Ärztin" for one. "Hunkeler und der Fall Livius" revolves round an allotment in Basel.
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There are some great scenes in Smiley's People by John Le Carré (sorry can't do acute accents either (Ed: I can!) in Bern and Thun.
When the Russian diplomat parks his car on the pavement in Bern and gets remonstrated by a Swiss lady.

Mr Standfast, by John Buchan. Third Richard Hannay novel. The characterisation of the Swiss is pretty obviously not based on personal experience.
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I read this in one sitting through the turn-of-the-millennium night in a timber-framed house in Wales.

Never again! ... next time I'll read it in the daylight.

Hahahaha, it was my first "swiss" book as well :-D
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I am now reading this one: A Concise History of Switzerland (Cambridge Concise Histories) by Clive H. Church and Randolph C. Head. It's good!


http://www.amazon.com/Concise-Histor.../dp/0521143829

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Transparent Things, by Vladimir Nabokov
This short novel tells the story of Hugh Person, a young American editor, and the memory of his four trips to a small village in Switzerland over the course of nearly two decades.


English Assasin by Daniel Silva

Art restorer and sometime spy Gabriel Allon is asked to visit Zurich, to clean the work of an Old Master for a millionaire banker. But when he gets there he finds the corpse of his client in a pool of blood beneath the masterpiece, and discovers that a secret collection of priceless paintings - stolen by Nazis in the war - is missing. With the Swiss authorities trying to pin the murder on Allon and a powerful cabal determined to make sure this wartime secret remains buried, the art restorer must use all his former spy skills to find out the truth. And with an assassin that he helped to train also on the loose, Allon will need all his wits just to stay alive.

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La Fille des Louganis, by Metin Arditi but it's only in French

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