Born in Italy, Anna started travelling at 14. Having spent far too much time hitchhiking and on the streets as an under 5′ woman, she learned a fair bit about the less pleasant side of human nature—like being around people who engage in high-risk behaviors has a way of attracting trouble. By the time she was 19 she had learned these lessons across four continents. Through her adventures she learned to recognise, assess, avoid, and de-escalate imminently violent situations. She also learned a lot about effective recovery from those situations where none of those skills proved to be enough. Her first book, “A Woman’s Toolkit For Recovery From Violence And Trauma”, distils the knowledge she gained in the trenches about what works to put it back together.