Books in English about the Lake Geneva region are rare and good books are even rarer. In his third book about Switzerland, Farrol Kahn, a British journalist who has lived in the region for several years has succeeded in describing in a refreshingly eclectic style, the Montreux Riviera (a region he denotes as starting in Lutry and stretching to the Valais end of the lake).
No mere guide book, he amply recounts the region’s history, charmingly portrays its personalities and accurately describes both its geography and economy. Written in a forthright, clean style, this book occasionally reads a little like a tourist office promotional, but he should be forgiven this as it is full of quirky details and anecdotes that any resident or visitor will find fascinating.
It is nigh impossible to avoid clichés when producing a book focusing on a single locality. But Kahn has identified this pitfall and while not entirely avoiding it, he offers us such a plethora of fresh stories, practical information and insight that you will not be bored. The book is generously and unpretentiously illustrated in a style ostensibly free of over-cooked Photo-shopping.
This is great book to have at home if you appreciate getting out and about the region, or if you enjoy entertaining visitors and are looking for inspiration.
By Jeremy McTeague