Introducing Le Suissologue

August 12, 2013, 4 Comments

French edition of Swiss WatchingIt has taken some time but finally Swiss Watching is now in French! And it’s called Le Suissologue, a title which came about thanks to readers of this website – you may remember me asking for your help last November. The publisher is Helvetiq, based in Lausanne.

The English original was a bestseller, as was the German translation Der Schweizversteher. Here’s hoping that the public in Romandie like reading it in French too. It has certainly had a flying start, appearing on the main evening news programme on 1 August, with me tasting biscuits in the Kambly factory (one of my favourite pastimes). Luckily someone else provided the French voice!

And for those of you wanting to read this in French, sorry! My French hasn’t progressed much since I left school (my brain is now full of German), so instead here is what is written on the back of the book:

Suissologue cover“Tout ce que vous avez toujours voulu savoir sur la Suisse, avec un surplus d’humour et d’histoires bien racontées. Écrit sans complaisance par un Anglais qui aime vivre en Suisse, ce livre passe avec légèreté par des sujets aussi divers que les inventions cocasses, les dégustations de chocolat à l’aveugle et les vieilles querelles de clochers.

C’est un voyage passionnant à travers la Suisse qui s’offre aussi bien aux novices qu’aux experts, avec un regard mi-extérieur, mi-initié. Le Suissologue est la traduction française de Swiss Watching: Inside the Land of Milk and Money, best-seller et Livre de l’Année selon le Financial Times.”

Thanks to the wonderful people at Helvetiq, the French edition has already been in the press, so you can read all about it here: Le Temps, 20 Minutes, L’Hebdo, Le Matin or listen to me on RTS Swiss radio (although as on TV the French is not my voice!). Or read this article from Tribune de Genève:

Tribune de Geneve

You can order Le Suissologue in your local bookshop (ISBN 9782940481040) or online from these places:

And also as an e-book on Kindle and iBook.

“Un ouvrage passionnant fourmillant de chiffres et d’anecdotes que – souvent – même les Suisses ne connaissent pas. À la fois journaliste, anthropologue et satiriste, Diccon Bewes offre un livre sérieux sans être académique et drôle sans jamais tomber dans la caricature” L’Hebdo

4 Comments on "Introducing Le Suissologue"

  1. 'lexu Sunday August 18th, 2013 at 03:23 PM · Reply


    Well deserved success!

  2. Lucy Edwards Tuesday September 3rd, 2013 at 08:31 PM · Reply

    I loved Swiss Watching – I read it before we came to live in Switzerland to gain a better understanding of Swiss culture – found it tremendously useful. We are now based in le Canton de Vaud and I was delighted to read that le suissalogue is doing so well ( I bought Le Matin Dimanche in the Coop at the weekend ! ) Thank you Diccon, you describe the ins and outs of Swiss life so well, you have really helped with my integration. I wish you continued success.

  3. Lucy Edwards Tuesday September 3rd, 2013 at 08:33 PM · Reply

    Suissologue even… Get it right !!!

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