I was born in the city of Cambridge, of historic university fame. We moved when I was little, so I grew up in Stroud, a beautiful market town in Gloucestershire. That’s in the south west of England in the famous Cotswolds, not so far from the Welsh border.

My parents later moved further south west to Cornwall, known from the books of Rosamunde Pilcher. If this name means nothing to you, you’re probably not German.

I then did my Bachelor in Leeds and lived in Nottingham for two years.

However, my whole family comes from St Albans, known for its beautiful abbey, just north of London. Despite my rural roots in the south west of England, I feel quite emotionally attached to London. Maybe because it’s a little like Berlin, but British.