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Reading rats: All about German books and reading habits

September 13, 2019

Germany is known as the land of poets and thinkers, but is it a land of book-lovers? Settle in — it's storytime on Meet the Germans.


To mark the launch of the new DW Books channel on YouTube, Meet the Germans presenter Rachel Stewart decided to have a rummage around some German bookshelves. What sort of books do Germans love to read? How come books are so expensive here? And why are the titles often upside-down?

Rachel moved from the UK to Germany in 2016. As a relative newcomer she casts a fresh eye over German clichés and shares her experiences of settling into German life. Every two weeks she explores a new topic — from beer to nudity to complicated grammar.

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