In a few short days, The Naked Swiss: A Nation Behind 10 Myths will be on the shelves in Swiss bookshops. The official Swiss launch date is October 11th but the book is already available to buy on Amazon and on the Bergli Books website.
This is the point where the book will no longer belong to me. It will be read and handled by (hopefully) many people. Drops of tea and coffee will be splashed on it, and it will be carried around from place to place, in backpacks and handbags. Most importantly, it will (again hopefully) entertain and inform readers and give them something to think, or argue, about.
So, what am I doing in these final days before the book comes out? One thing keeping me busy is writing articles about the book, like this one published today on the online Swiss magazine, newlyswissed.com – 10 things people (wrongly) assume about the Swiss.
I am also helping to organise the launch party in Bern and one in Dublin, and figuring out what I will say (and wear!) on the night. Last Sunday I spent an enjoyable day at the Expat Expo in Geneva and had a chance to meet readers and tell people about the book.
The interesting part for me is coming up. Finally, I will get to see how people react to The Naked Swiss, and all the hours of thinking, researching, writing, rewriting and more rewriting will be transformed into something meaningful.
If you are one of the early readers of the book, it would be incredibly helpful if you could rate or review it on Amazon or Goodreads to get the ball rolling.
I’ll leave you with a quote from Dostoyevsky, an excerpt from a letter he wrote to a good friend in 1868 while living near Geneva. There is an amazing online archive of Dostoyevsky’s correspondence which is worth browsing through if you like that kind of thing. I include this quote in The Naked Swiss because I think it is amusing and because I’ve heard people say similar things almost 150 years later. I myself do not agree with the Russian genius.
Oh if only you knew, what a stupid, dull, insignificant, savage people they are! It is not enough to travel through as a tourist. No, try to live there for some time! But I cannot describe to you even briefly my impressions: I have accumulated too many. Bourgeois life in this vile republic has reached the ne plus ultra.
9 thoughts on “Countdown to the launch of The Naked Swiss”
Congrats Claire on your book!! Fingers crossed it is a success
Best of luck with the launch, Clare. It sounds as thought you’re doing all the right things 🙂
Thanks Jane. Doing my bit but it’s learning by doing. Fingers crossed 🙂
You seem to be pressing all the right buttons. Keep up the pressure and they’ll crack 🙂
Hey congrats on the book! That’s so exciting
Hi Clare, really sorry but I’m not going to make it to the book launch tonight, I’m out every night this week and am on football lift duty tonight as Gary out, so sorry about that. I hope it goes great and congratulations on the book, I look forward to reading it! Martha x
Hi Martha, I totally understand. I know you would come if you were free as a bird but we’re not there yet. One day! Thanks for your support and interest. Hope to see you soon, Clare x
I look forward to reading your book, there are so few books on Switzerland, I am currently in the process of moving there, so its great to learn more about Swiss culture!
Well done on starting your blog in French and English. Great practice. I hope you find the book useful and enjoyable!