The Next Best Thing to Being There: Sneak Peek of One Italian Summer by Pip Williams

The Next Best Thing to Being There: Sneak Peek of One Italian Summer by Pip Williams

Rome

(Six impossible things before breakfast)

In a few hours Rome will be teeming with people, but now, at six in the morning, it’s all ours. Woken by jetlag, we’ve emerged from our apartment on Via Boccaccio to search for breakfast, but we don’t know which way to go. Shannon and the boys look perturbed, but my nerve endings still tingle from those first waking moments when Shannon’s arm on my belly kept me from stirring. I lay listening in near darkness to the unfamiliar sounds of the street below: the rumble of a delivery van over cobblestone, the clatter of a security door, a shouted greeting and a conversation I could only guess the meaning of. I felt like a child eavesdropping on a secret.

It will take time for the city to wake, so we wander aimlessly, taking it in turns to hold one another’s hands and squeezing lightly to assure ourselves we’re really here. We favour the narrow lanes, and each turn reveals a treasure: domed churches, a covered archway with a frescoed ceiling, a wrought iron balcony. Then we see the hint of a private courtyard – the bough of an orange tree, heavy with ripe fruit, reaching out over a high stone wall. Aidan takes a running jump and tries to grab an orange, and I’m flung back ten years, to the front yard of our little house in Sydney.

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          Synopsis

          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.
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          About the author

          Pip WIlliams

          Pip Williams was born in London and grew up in Sydney. She has spent most of her working life as a social researcher and is co-author of the book Time Bomb: Work, Rest and Play in Australia Today (NewSouth Press, 2012). Her creative non-fiction has been published in InDaily and The Australian and produced for Radio Northern Beaches, and she is very proud of a poem she published in Dolly magazine when she was fifteen years old.Pip Williams lives in the Adelaide Hills with her partner, two boys and an assortment of animals.

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