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              Dear Bill Bryson: Footnotes from a Small Island
               

              Dear Bill Bryson: Footnotes from a Small Island (Paperback)

              By Aitken, Ben

              • RRP: $24.99
              • $19.99
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              • Pub Date
                20 Sep 22

              A new edition of an irreverent homage to the '95 travel classic, from the author of The Gran Tour.

              ISBN 9781785788253
              Released NZ 20 Sep 2022
              Publisher Misc - United Book Distributor
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              The Marmalade Diaries: The True Story of an Odd Couple
               

              The Marmalade Diaries: The True Story of an Odd Couple (Hardback)

              By Aitken, Ben

              • RRP: $39.99
              • $31.99
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              From the author of The Gran Tour, a portrait of an intergenerational friendship.

              ISBN 9781785788130
              Released NZ 17 May 2022
              Publisher Misc - United Book Distributor
              Interest Age 16+ years
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              The Gran Tour: Travels with my Elders

              The Gran Tour: Travels with my Elders (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Aitken, Ben

              • RRP: $32.99
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              One millennial, six coach trips, one big generation gap.

              ISBN 9781785786488
              Released NZ 11 Nov 2020
              Publisher Misc - United Book Distributor
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              A Chip Shop in Poznan: My Unlikely Year in Poland

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

              By Aitken, Ben

              • RRP: $24.99
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              Why do the Poles leave Poland? Travel writer Ben Aitken booked a one-way ticket to Poznan to find out. This account of his year is a bittersweet portrait of an unsung country.

              ISBN 9781785786266
              Released NZ 1 Dec 2020
              Publisher Misc - United Book Distributor
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              The Marmalade Diaries: The True Story of an Odd Couple
                

              The Marmalade Diaries: The True Story of an Odd Couple (Paperback)

              By Aitken, Ben

              • RRP: $35.99
              • $27.47
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              • Pub Date
                3 Nov 22

              'Charming, touching and very very funny' Jenny Colgan ONE HOUSE. TWO HOUSEMATES. THREE REASONS TO WORRY: WINNIE AND BEN ARE SEPARATED BY 50 YEARS, A GULF IN CLASS, AND MAJOR DIFFERENCES OF OPINION. When hunting for a room in London, Ben Aitken came across one for a great price in... a lovely part of town. There had to be a catch. And there was. The catch was Winnie: an 85-year-old widow who doesn't suffer fools. Full of warmth, wit and candour, The Marmalade Diaries tells the story of an unlikely friendship during an unlikely time. Imagine an intergenerational version of Big Brother, but with only two contestants. One of the pair a grieving and inflexible former aristocrat in her mid-eighties. The other a working-class millennial snowflake. What could possibly go wrong? What could possibly go right? Out of the most inauspicious of soils - and from the author of The Gran Tour - comes a book about grief, family, friendship, loneliness, life, love, lockdown and marmalade.
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              ISBN 9781785789106
              Publisher Misc - United Book Distributor
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              The Gran Tour: Travels with my Elders

              The Gran Tour: Travels with my Elders (Paperback)

              By Aitken, Ben

              • RRP: $24.99
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              One millennial, six coach trips, one big generation gap.

              ISBN 9781785787041
              Released NZ 3 Aug 2021
              Publisher Misc - United Book Distributor
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              A Chip Shop in Poznan: My Unlikely Year in Poland
                

              A Chip Shop in Poznan: My Unlikely Year in Poland (Audio CD / Audio, Unabridged)

              By Aitken, Ben; Narrator Watt, Will M.

              • RRP: $51.50
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              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. Travel writer Ben Aitken moved to Poland in 2016 to understand why the Poles were leaving. He booked the cheapest flight he could find, to a pla...ce he had never heard of - Poznan. This candid, funny and offbeat book is the account of his year in Poland, as an unlikely immigrant. Between peeling potatoes and boning fish, Ben spent time on the road travelling the country. He missed the bus to Auschwitz; stayed with a dozen nuns near Krakow; was offered a job by a Eurosceptic farmer and went to Gdansk to learn how Solidarity rose and communism fell. This is a bittersweet portrait of an unsung country, challenging stereotypes that Poland is a grey, ex-soviet land, and revealing a diverse country, rightfully proud of its colorful identity.
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              ISBN 9781799712336
              Publisher Brilliance Corporation
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              The Marmalade Diaries: The True Story of an Odd Couple
                

              The Marmalade Diaries: The True Story of an Odd Couple (Hardback, US / Canada-only Edition)

              By Aitken, Ben

              • RRP: $57.50
              • $53.72
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              • In Stock US

              From the author of The Gran Tour, a portrait of an intergenerational friendship. Recently widowed, Winnie, 84, was in need of some companionship. Someone to help with the weekly food shop and offer tips on the crossword. Ben, 34, was looking for a new housemate. As the UK was loc...ked down in 2020, Ben and Winnie's lives interwove, forming an unlikely friendship, where lessons were learnt (heat the red wine in the oven with the plates; preserve or pickle whatever you can; never throw anything away) and grief, both personal and that of a nation, was explored. Charting both their time together, and the details of Winnie's life that are shared with Ben in fragments, The Marmalade Diaries, from the author of The Gran Tour, is a very human exploration of home, of the passage time, of the growing relationship between an odd couple, told with warmth, wit and candour.
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              ISBN 9781785789021
              Publisher Misc - United Book Distributor
              Interest Age 16+ years
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