Jonathan Lipman was born in Oxfordshire, England in 1968. In the 1980s he encountered many temporary émigrés from Eastern Europe – including Russians, Romanians and… Poles. They were visitors to his father’s team that pioneered wind energy in the UK. Conversations with them would range far and wide, from the flaws in Capitalism to the evils of Communism, from the corrupt West to the post-Communist “Wild East”, from Keynes to Marx and Engels. Little did Jonathan know this would stand him in good stead when, at the age of 25, he’d meet a variety of Eastern Europeans on a course at Oxford University, and fall in love with one of them – a Pole.
After qualifying as a lawyer in 1997, Jonathan married Marzena in Krakow, Poland, and they spent the next two years getting to grips with Warsaw. Jonathan worked for a renowned and very Polish law firm; Marzena completed her doctorate. All this is the subject of Jonathan’s first book – Polska Dotty. In 1999 they returned to the UK, and after Poland joined the EU in 2004, found themselves surrounded by a flood of new Polish immigrants – the inspiration for Polska Dotty 2.
Jonathan and Marzena live in Buckinghamshire, England, where they are preparing for a more traditional flood by way of two girls, two cats, two fish, and (apparently) at least two of every generation of apple device ever built.