ATPIELI 4: Malden Road NW5 One of the happiest times of my life, and the first time I lived on my own – good practice because I later worked abroad and did a lot of that. Rented M’s cute studio flat that he’d bought during the last property boom and now couldn’t offload due to negative equity. It was bijoux. It was on a main road. You had to stand in the bathroom when you answered the front door to let the guests walk into the living/bedroom, but it was home. I was untidy. I was on the number 24 bus route.
It was my first zone two experience. I could walk to Camden, which I did with monotonous regularity. Then I got offered a job in Singapore.