Where do I truly belong? This is the question Anne Pia continually asked of herself growing up in the Italian-Scots community of post-World War Two Edinburgh.
This candid, vibrant memoir shares her struggle to bridge the gap between a traditional immigrant way of life and attaining her goal of becoming an independent-minded professional woman.
Through her journey beyond the expectations of family, she discovers how much relationships with other people enhance, inhibit and ultimately define self. Yet - like her relationship with her own mother - her `belonging' in her Italian and Scottish heritages remains to this day unresolved and complex.
Based in Edinburgh, Anne has a long experience of writing for different audiences. A language graduate, former teacher with a recent Doctorate in Education (2008) she has been published many times in professional and academic journals, Times Educational Supplement and Scottish Educational Review; and as a government official, HM Inspector, has been responsible for expert national reports for a range of stakeholders on education in the adult learning world.