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Ben Aitken was born under Thatcher, grew to 6ft then stopped, and is an Aquarius. He is the author of Dear Bill Bryson: Footnotes from a Small Island (Not Bad Books, 2015), which was featured in The GuardianThe Times and on BBC Radio, and was described by the Manchester Review as a ‘poignant comment on the state of the nation’ and a ‘highly accomplished homage’. In 2016, Aitken moved to Poland to work in a fish-and-chip shop. His second book A Chip Shop in Poznan: My Unlikely Year in Poland (Icon, 2019) is the fruit of that peculiar migration.