129 x 198 x 22mm
In early 1999, George Negus signed off from ABC-TV's 'Foreign Correspondent' program and spent a much-publicised "working sabbatical" in Italy with his journalist partner, Kirsty Cockburn, and their two young sons, Ned and Serge. Trading their bush retreat in Bellingen for a poky apartment in San Giovanni Valdarno, a Tuscan town south of Florence, Negus and his family absorbed themselves completely in the rhythms of Italian life.
On one of their forays into the bustling daily market of Florence, they came across a T-shirt bearing the words "Football is life . . . all the rest is mere detail!". So began Negus's journey into the heart and soul of Italian daily life and the holy trinity of passions - football, food and politics - which so define and shape both Italy's culture and its view of the world. But it was also a trigger that fired Negus to think about broader international issues such as globalisation, IT, and the new political and social ideology "The Third Way", and their impact not only on modern Italy, but also the rest of the world.
'The World From Italy: Football, Food And Politics' is a travel book like no other. It uncovers a side of Italy that you won't find in guidebooks or Italian travel memoirs, and offers some thought-provoking and challenging insights on how the world works today, how it could work, and how, despite its mad rush to nowhere in particular, the Italians still manage to go their own wonderful way.