Freelance copywriter Dan Elloway was born and bred in the West of England. He threw in a promising career as an actor and performance artist to pursue a woman to Poland. When things didn't work out with her, he moved to Japan, then Sicily, then Denmark, before eventually settling in Norway. Having been rained on constantly for two years in Bergen, he relocated to Tonsberg on the East coast, an area of the country that is sometimes misleadingly described as the Norwegian Riviera. Not being the outdoorsy type, he tries to avoid extended contact with the Norwegian countryside as much as possible - much to the consternation of the locals. Instead he spends his days writing in cafes. He has published three English language textbooks, and written numerous articles, brochures and advertising campaigns. He dances the tango whenever he gets the chance. He has a Norwegian-Polish wife and Norwegian-Polish-British daughter, and often fails to understand what either of them is saying.
'A series of useful little guides written by natives of various cultures for the help and succour of bewildered foreigners trying to get to grips with, to them, bizarre and confusing patterns of behaviour. (The title, it should be pointed out, is not meant to cast aspersions on the reader's attitudes.)' -- Albion Magazine 'A series of books which takes a light-hearted look at the residents of various countries without crossing the fine line between funny and cruel.' -- North of Scotland Newspapers 'Irreverent guides to foreign habits. Amusing but insightful and anything but xenophobic. Good-humored support for taking one's first steps toward understanding the foibles of an alien culture.' -- Stanfords Travel Guides