A Chip Shop in Poznan: My Unlikely Year in Poland (Paperback)
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A Chip Shop in Poznan: My Unlikely Year in Poland (Paperback)

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Paperback 368 Pages / Published: 02/07/2020
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WARNING: CONTAINS AN UNLIKELY IMMIGRANT, AN UNSUNG COUNTRY, A BUMPY ROMANCE, SEVERAL SHATTERED PRECONCEPTIONS, TRACES OF INSIGHT, A DOZEN NUNS AND A REFERENDUM.

Not many Brits move to Poland to work in a fish and chip shop.

Fewer still come back wanting to be a Member of the European Parliament.

In 2016 Ben Aitken moved to Poland while he still could. It wasn't love that took him but curiosity: he wanted to know what the Poles in the UK had left behind. He flew to a place he'd never heard of and then accepted a job in a chip shop on the minimum wage.

When he wasn't peeling potatoes he was on the road scratching the country's surface: he milked cows with a Eurosceptic farmer; missed the bus to Auschwitz; spent Christmas with complete strangers and went to Gdansk to learn how communism got the chop. By the year's end he had a better sense of what the Poles had turned their backs on - southern mountains, northern beaches, dumplings! - and an uncanny ability to bone cod.

This is a candid, funny and offbeat tale of a year as an unlikely immigrant.

Publisher: Icon Books
ISBN: 9781785786266
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 269 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 21 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'One of the funniest books of the year' - Paul Ross, talkRADIO

'A fascinating insight ... Poland is a zone that has largely been ignored by talented travel writers [and this] is therefore a welcome addition. A captivating and entertaining account.' - The First News (Poland)

'A clever, critical and witty travel book about Poland' - Polish Cultural Institute

'A fascinating book [...] We should know more than we do about Poland, a nation with which we have had centuries of interaction. Ben Aitken's excellent book is probably the best place to start.' - The New European

'Adeptly balances personal ruminations on love, attraction, and friendship, with cultural evaluations that subvert British stereotypes of Polish citizens [...] An engaging romp through Polish culture, with a resonant political message of the importance of interacting with other cultures and preserving our ties with Europe.' - The London Magazine

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“A travel guide, a history lesson, a therapy session and a ‘laugh out loud’ turn pager!”

After a recent phase of reading about the holocaust and the Polish people’s dark and troubled past, I was ready to introduce a lighter period of literature into my life and the ‘Chip Shop in Poznan’ was right up my... More

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“Fabulous book!”

Funny, poignant; Ben was given a wonderful welcome by Polish people; Britain would do well to follow their example. We are all Europeans and as Covid 19 has shown we all need each other!
Can’t wait for Ben’s next... More

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