My Cart


A Chip Shop in Poznan: My Unlikely Year in Poland

$ 21.99

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 place 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.

Review Quotes:
'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

'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

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

'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


We ship insured and offer reasonable pricing anywhere in the United States. 

When you place an online order, shipping costs will be automatically calculated and included in your total. We accept phone orders and are happy to assist with any concerns you may have. 

Please contact us for orders requiring shipping to Canada and outside the United States.

Returns and Exchanges for Online Orders

You may return new, unopened, and unused items within 30 days of delivery for an exchange. Please call 206-903-1285 or email requesting instructions on how to ship back your item(s).