“A Many Splendored Thing” author Han Suyin dies

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – Chinese-Belgian writer Han Suyin (the pen name for Elisabeth Comber) died, age 95, Friday 2 November in Lausanne, where she had lived for many years. She was best known for her book “A Many Splendored Thing”, the story of Chinese doctor and a married journalist having an affair, based on her own […]

Geneva writer’s great American novel – in French – in line for Goncourt


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The most coveted prize in the French literary world could well go to a young Geneva writer, Joël Dicker, named 30 October as one of four finalists for the Goncourt Prize. The 27-year-old’s second novel, La vérité sur l’affaire Harry Québert (publisher: l’Age d’Homme), is a thriller and saga about a young […]

French TV news star PPDA surfaces over book plagiarism fight

(video)Paris, France (GenevaLunch) – Three mistakes, but not plagiarism, were at fault, says French newscaster Patrick Poivre d’Arvor, famously known in France as PPDA, in the case of problems with his new Hemingway book. Some files became confused, then he did not actually read the proofs the editor sent him and which he signed off […]

Jamie Andrew tells La Chat grads “don’t give up”

No hands, no feet doesn’t stop mountaineer from snowboarding, changing nappies Founex, Vaud, Switzerland – Tough things are going to happen to you in this life and you can learn from them. Just don’t give up. That was the message handed by sports enthusiast Jamie Andrew to the 2010 graduating class at La Chataigneraie, the […]

Swiss literary giant, Jacques Chessex, dies in Yverdon library


Yverdon, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – A man widely considered to be one of Switzerland’s greatest writers, the unassuming Jacques Chessex who was the first non-French winner of the prestigious Goncourt literary prize, died Friday night in Yverdon just after a public presentation in the town’s library, surrounded by the books that were his great love. He […]

US president earns $2.6 million from his books

US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle filed their income taxes, which show him earning $2.6 million in 2008 from the sale of his two autobiographical non-fiction books, The Audacity of Hope and Dreams From My Father. The couple also earned about $200,000 in salaries and had a small amount of investment income. They […]