Blue Burgundy Land
by Roy Swanepoel
ISBN 978-3-8423-8563-4

In 1940 Hitler staged a massive build-up of German troops on Switzerland’s northern border to deceive the Swiss and Allies into thinking he would invade France through Switzerland. Ernst evacuates his family and - in his concern to keep them out of harm’s way – misses the mobilisation of their army. When the German invasion does not come, he and his family are forced to return to their hometown in disgrace and to another deception.

The book is available in English bookstores and from internet suppliers.

posted: 14.02.12


Grüezi Newcomer! Insider's guide around Lake Zürich 2009/2010.

This guide is a compilation of information for English speaking newcomers having recently settled or planning to relocate to Lake Zürich area (both sides of Lake Zürich including Obersee).

Grüezi Newcomer! Insider's guide around Lake Zürich 2009/2010 will be updated every 2 years and is based on facts and personal recommendations. It covers a broad range of subjects related to every day life and living such as managing administrative issues like finding a home and registering a car, searching for a job, organizing childcare, commuting, going out, and much more. Our aim is to facilitate newcomers' relocation to the area and their integration.

After surveying the market and talking with internationals and expatriates alike, we quickly realized the real need for a publication like this: up-to-date, finger tip recommendations in English, for a wider public and geographical area, and containing more concrete information than existing books available in the bookstore.

Where to find it? In Switzerland, available from:

  • Orell Füssli in Zürich
  • Lüthy & Stocker Buchhandlung in Zürich Sihlcity
  • BB 2000 Buchhandlung Seedamm Center, Pfäffikon SZ
  • Kreuz Papeterie und Buchhandlung in Rapperswil-Jona SG
  • Spiel- und Läselade in Lachen SZ
  • And can be ordered from any libraries and department stores in Switzerland with the ISBN number: 978-3-033-01973-7 as well as direct through

posted: 05.11.09

Swiss Watching
Inside Europe's Landlocked Island
by Diccon Bewes

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One country, four languages, 26 cantons, and 7.7 million people. Swiss Watching is a light-hearted yet revealing journey around Europe's most individual country, proving that there's more to Switzerland than skis, cheese, banks, and francs. Welcome to the landlocked island!

Diccon Bewes worked at Lonely Planet and Holiday Which? magazine. As well as grappling with German and overcoming his innate desire to form an orderly queue, he has spent the last five years exploring this quirky country.

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Tasneem's Indian-Pakistani Cuisine Made Easy
by Tasneem Ahmad

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Over the years, friends, colleagues and acquaintances who enjoy the delectable nature of Indian-Pakistani food have asked me how to make certain dishes. It has always been a pleasure to share my family’s cooking secrets and most rewarding when others find it fun and easy to follow my recipes.

This book is about more than recipes; it is about sharing a part of my culture and myself with people whom I have not had an opportunity to meet personally. It is a food autobiography rather than a simple cookbook. I have selected dishes that I have been preparing over the years and that are part of basic home cooking in the Indian-Pakistani region. This is the book I wish I had had when I was learning to cook!

Food is a passion. Having trained and worked as a banker and management consultant, home cooking has provided me a work-life balance in my professional career. My philosophy is two-fold; to encourage readers to make delicious and easy Indian-Pakistani meals and to entice them to discover a very old civilization with a rich cultural and spiritual heritage.

Visually, the book’s journey goes beyond food and spices; it includes maps, architecture, embroidery and textiles, and even festive and fragrant flowers – just enough to pique your interest.

Bon appétit,


Author’s Profile (from book)
Tasneem Ahmad originally comes from Lahore, a city in the Northeastern region of Pakistan that is about 50 km west of the Indian city of Amritsar. She has been working in financial services and management consulting for the last eighteen years. Her work experience includes work for large global corporations such as the Royal Bank of Canada, KPMG and UBS. With her international background and professional experience, she has lived or worked in Pakistan, the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany and Switzerland.

She loves healthy living, cooking delicious and nutritious food and teaching people that Indian-Pakistani cuisine is easy and fun to prepare. Other passions include travel, discovering new cultures, yoga, ayurveda and designing products that blend East and West. Tasneem is a Canadian citizen and has been living in Zurich, Switzerland, for the last ten years.

posted: 19.09.11


The Wonder of Whiffling and other extraordinary words in the English language


by Adam Jacot de Boinod
Illustrated hardback • £12.99
ISBN 9780140515855

'You'll never be lost for words again. Truly enlightening!' MARIELLA FROSTRUP

The Wonder of Whiffling is a hugely enjoyable and surprising journey through the English language, revealing interesting and unusual words from Old and Middle English and Tudor-Stuart, through the rural dialects collected by Victorian lexicographers, the argot of 19th century criminals, slang from two world wars, right up to our contemporary jargon that has grown from activities such as darts, working in an office and texting. Discover words we have lost or never knew existed, such as a blatteroon, a person who will not stop talking, and crambazzled, to be aged prematurely through drink; words with meanings that have changed, such as racket, originally the palm of the hand, and constipate, to crowd together in a narrow room; together with a wealth of words from around the globe, like shubi (Australian), someone who buys surfing gear but doesn’t actually surf; and those that have developed very recently, such as ham, a legitimate email (as opposed to spam).

Delving passionately into the English language, Adam Jacot de Boinod reveals why it is you wouldn’t want to have dinner with a vice admiral of the narrow seas, why Jacobites toasted the little gentleman in black velvet, and why a Nottingham Goodnight is better than one from anywhere else.

And as for whifflers, whether you prefer yours whistling lightly, examining degrees, constantly changing their mind, morris dancing, crying out in pain or descending in a formation of geese, you’ll find them all, and more, in here…


Adam Jacot de Boinod, hunter of perfect and obscure bon mots, is a true linguistic bowerbird (a person who collects an astonishing array of - sometimes useless - objects). He trawled the languages of the world for exotic specimens in his bestselling book The Meaning of Tingo and has now turned his attention to the beauties, oddities and downright hilarities of the language that began his love affair with words - English.

posted: 02.09.09