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A selection of recent interviews, articles and opinion pieces connected to The Naked Swiss: A Nation Behind 10 Myths:

Humorous piece on NewlySwissed.com by Vanessa Lépine, 7 things I learned from reading The Naked Swiss, November 30 2018.

Interview in Echo Magazine, “Les Suisses sont reservés mais pas ennuyeux”, November 2018.

24 Heures newspaper: Une Irlandaise remet les coucous suisses à l’heure, August 18 2018, by Caroline Rieder.

Tribune de Genève newspaper: La malédiction du coucou suisse, June 28 2018, by Olivier Bot.

Le Temps newspaper: Ennuyeuse la Suisse? Une Irlandaise tente à démonter l’affreux cliché, March 21 2018, by Olivier Perrin.

Clare O’Dea: “Il est difficile de trouver beaucoup de défauts à la democratie Suisse.” Migros Magazine, March 15 2018, by Laurent Nicolet.

“After years of working as a journalist in Bern, O’Dea knows how to get to the heart of her subject, combining liveliness with impeccable research.”

Kim Hays, Sietar Switzerland. See full review here.

Ralph Atkins, Financial Times. See full review here

Television interview on Telezüri’s Talk Täglich programme (in German) with fellow Bergli Books author Wolfgang Koydl, hosted by Hugo Bigi, June 5 2017.

Photographer Elaine Pringle came to Fribourg to do this photo shoot for her blog and talk about the story behind the book, May 14 2017.

“O’Dea places her faith in the reader’s ability to deal with complexity, and utilises the ten chosen stereotypes as a springboard for a multifaceted and thoughtful discussion.”

Fergal Lenehan, Irish author and academic based in Leipzig, wrote this essay about The Naked Swiss for the Dublin Review of Books, April 5 2017.

“Fast-moving and entertaining, The Naked Swiss presents a wealth of new material on the well-worn clichés about Switzerland and lays many (Swiss) myths to rest.”

Margaret Oertig, author of Beyond Chocolate: Understanding Swiss Culture

“A must-read for any English-speaker who lives in or visits Switzerland.”

Ellen Wallace, Ellen World News / Geneva Lunch. See full review here.

Kate Evans, author of the Scarborough Mysteries, published an author interview on her blog, February 20 2017

Girlfriend Guide Zurich interview, January 13 2017

The English Show radio interview with Anna Wirz, November 22 2016

“Particularly compelling are O’Dea’s interviews with prominent figures, like former president Pascal Couchepin and competitive runner Marijka Moser. They give life and language to the statistics and show that there is more to a person than their stereotype.” 

newinzurich.com interview with Jennifer Lisle, November 22 2016

The Irish Times opinion piece: Switzerland offers foretaste of the difficulties to come for Brexit, October 19 2016

WRS radio interview (5 mins) with Katy Dartford: New myth-busting book about the Swiss hits the shelves, October 18 2016

blick.ch interview and review: Deshalb sind wir keine langweiler Irische Autorin zerpflückt das Klischee, October 14 2016

thelocal.ch interview with Morven McLean: Six reasons Switzerland isn’t as boring as you might think, October 12 2016

swissinfo.ch podcast interview (14 mins) with Veronica DeVore: Boring, crooked bankers? 10 myths uncovered, October 9 2016

swissinfo.ch opinion piece: Investigating 10 myths about Switzerland, October 9 2016

newlyswissed.com listicle opinion piece: 10 things people wrongly assume about the Swiss, October 5 2016

Die Weltwoche excerpt and review/interview: Licht in die Finsternis (Light in the darkness), July 29 2016

“The book piqued my interest from the start and it was so interesting that I read it all in one sitting. Clare O’Dea’s writing is informative without being too dry, and her clear, well-structured style means that this is a fascinating read, occasionally funny, but never boring. It is an excellent social and historical portrayal of the Swiss nation.”

-Judith Griffith, nudge-book.com. See full five-star review here.

The Naked Swiss is available from Bergli Books, and the translations La Suisse mise à nu and Die Wahre Schweiz from Helvetiq. For more news and reviews, check out the Facebook page.