Ben Aitken

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Ben Aitken was born under Thatcher, grew to 6ft then stopped, and is an Aquarius. He followed Bill Bryson around the UK for Dear Bill Bryson: Footnotes from a Small Island (2015), then moved to Poland to work in a fish and chip shop. A Chip Shop in Poznan: My Unlikely Year in Poland is the fruit of that unusual migration.

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Ben Aitken Gosh, Desmond, sorry for the late response. In short, no. One can only cling on to the coattails of genius for so long. My next book is about working…moreGosh, Desmond, sorry for the late response. In short, no. One can only cling on to the coattails of genius for so long. My next book is about working in a fish and chip shop in Poland. Bryson is nowhere to be seen. That's out in July. In any case, thanks for your question. (less)
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“For one, there are so many things on the table, most of which are tricky to identify, especially when you’ve nobody to consult with. I’m pretty sure some of the gear from the bathroom – the little pots of cream and lotion – are put out with the breakfast things, to give the impression of abundance and luxury, a dozen things to spread on your toast. Another thing is that the other guests are always so fascinated by you. They’re so bored of each other that all of a sudden you’re the most intriguing thing in the world. Is his girlfriend still in bed? they whisper. He can’t be here on business? He’s not actually reading that book – it’s a niche. Look, Ted, he’s dunking his sausage in moisturiser.”
Ben Aitken, Dear Bill Bryson: Footnotes from a Small Island

“If it’s a British characteristic to be friendly and curious, it’s as much a British characteristic to inhibit such qualities, believing it polite to do so. As a result, British friendliness too often fails to escape the clutch of British manners. Thankfully, as we get older we start to see the madness in all this and, with one foot in the grave, adopt the attitude that, ‘hell, if I’ve a question to ask or something to say then I jolly well shall’, and start once more to act with the candour and curiosity of children. It is during our middle decades, when we are supposedly most vital, that we are most socially pathetic.”
Ben Aitken, Dear Bill Bryson: Footnotes from a Small Island

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