Author(s): Penelope Green
From her rooftop terrace, Penelope Green looks out across the sparkling waters of the Bay of Naples, and down into a garden of lemon trees and magnolias. Has her Italian dream come true? For Penny and her Italian love, Alfonso, the idyllic island of Procida, across the bay from Capri, can offer the life they are looking for. But first Penny has to find a way into its tight community. One thing she has in common with the locals is a love of food, so she sets herself a goal - to master the Procidan cuisine and become more than just a visitor. Across kitchen tables, in bustling cafes, and over long lunches under vine-covered pergolas, Penny learns the art of Italian cooking, builds friendships, and discovers the rhythms and secrets of island life.
Penelope Green was born in Sydney and worked as a print journalist around Australia for a decade before moving to Rome in 2002. Her first book, When in Rome, recounts her early experiences in the Eternal City. In 2005 she moved to Naples to work for ANSAmed, a Mediterranean news service. She found an apartment in the city's colourful Spanish Quarter, worked hard at mastering the Neapolitan dialect, and writing her second travel memoir, See Naples and Die. Girl by the Sea completes Penny's Italian experience as she moves to the idyllic island of Procida, with her Italian partner, Alfonso. The couple are now living in Australia.