One Italian Summer
Pip and Shannon dreamed of living the good life. They wanted to slow down, grow their own food, and spend more time with the people they love. But jobs and responsibilities got in the way: their chooks died, their fruit rotted, and Pip ended up depressed and in therapy. So they did the only reasonable thing - they quit their jobs, pulled the children out of school and went searching for la dolce vita in Italy. One Italian Summer is a warm, funny and often poignant story of a family's search for a better way of living in the homes and on the farms of strangers. Pip sleeps in a woodshed, feasts under a Tuscan sun, works like a tractor in Calabria and, eventually, finds her dream - though it's not at all the one she expected.
Pip Williams is co-author of the book Time Bomb: Work, Rest and Play in Australia Today (NewSouth Press, 2012). As a social scientist, she has also published many academic papers, book chapters and reports on the subject of a good life and these have been the subject of interviews and discussions in all major newspapers and on national and regional radio. Pip has published two travel articles based on the journey described in ONE ITALIAN SUMMER (InDaily,16 June 2015; The Australian, 30 June 2012). She writes book reviews that are produced for Radio Northern Beaches and published in InDaily, and she has published flash fiction online. Pip is very proud of a poem she published in Dolly Magazine when she was 15 years old. Pip lives in Adelaide.