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30th March 2021
RRP: $29.99
ISBN: 9781922419330
Paperback,  288 pages
234 x 153 mm

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One Italian Summer | New Edition

by Pip Williams

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’ elegant prose transported me deep into the heart of Tuscany. A delightful, insightful book, and the most eloquent advert for a working holiday I’ve ever read.’
CHRISTINE MCCABE, author of A Garden in the Hills

‘A book as rich and wise and full of goodness as the good life it seeks to define.’
CAROL LEFEVRE, author of Nights in the Asylum

‘Warm as a Tuscan evening, generous as broken bread and honest enough to question whether happiness is really a hill of compost.’
MAX ANDERSON, author of Digger

About the Author

Pip was born in London, grew up in Sydney and now calls the Adelaide Hills home. She is co-author of the book Time Bomb: Work Rest and Play in Australia Today (New South Press, 2012) and in 2017 she wrote One Italian Summer, a memoir of her family’s travels in search of the good life, which was published with Affirm Press to wide acclaim. In The Dictionary of Lost Words she combined her talent for historical research with beautiful storytelling to create a remarkable and phenomenally bestselling Australian fiction debut. She has delved into the archives of the Oxford English Dictionary and found a tale of missing words and the lives of women lived between the lines.