Every morning it arrives at 11 o’clock, bringing salvation. Just like a train that I took many years ago. Really? Oh, yes. You see, there was a lot of trouble in my country. So my parents sent me all the way across Europe, when I was not much older than you are now…But I soon learned a home is more than a roof over your head.

Incidentally, Michael Bond’s only major complaint about the Paddington movie was that they didn’t cast an actual German Jew as Mr Gruber. The character was based on his agent Harvey Unna, who was in fact a Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany.