The Xenophobe's Guide to the Swiss

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Oval Books, 1999 - Travel - 64 pages
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After the considerable success of The Xenophobe's Guides series, which uncovers the quirks and curiosities of other nations for xenophobes (people who fear foreigners) a series of phrase books is now being launched for the 'xenolinguist' -- people who are afraid of speaking a foreign tongue.

When visitors are traveling abroad, they have to expect to meet foreigners. Most of these foreigners will not speak English. The Xenophobe's Phrase Books series aims to help users overcome this setback and cope with the unexpected difficulties that may arise should they need to communicate with the natives.

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As someone who regularly meets people from different European countries I find these friendly guides very useful. I spent 6 months in Switzerland but didn't realize the degree of independence and ... Read full review

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About the author (1999)

Born in Southport, Lancashire,Paul Biltonrecently became what is known somewhat unaffectionately as a ¿paper Swiss¿. (First marry a Swiss, then live in the country for five years, fill in forms, wait another 18 months, and finally hand over several hundred Swiss francs in cash for the paper which grants you Swiss nationality to the local postman when he delivers your mail.)

A short career in magazine publishing was preceded by an even shorter career in advertising (¿Ferguson¿s Fertilizers Fertilize Faster¿). In the 1980s he launched a business to manufacture plastic products under his own patent, and later left both the business and Britain to become an Ausländer in Switzerland.

His book The Perpetual Tourist - in search of a Swiss role is published by Bergli Books of Basel, and between writing, broadcasting and giving talks about Swiss life, he gives odd English lessons. He tries hard to worry more, but still cannot understand why it is frowned upon to redecorate his nuclear shelter himself.

He and his Swiss wife live an idyllic life by the Zurich lake-shore where he collects coffee creamer tops while she embroiders car cushions. They enjoy a near perfect diet of muesli and Rösti, but never on the same plate.

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