1. In the Blood

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    September 30, 2012 by Lydia Syson

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    Like most writers, I find pictures often help the words along. Some images get under your skin more than others. I can’t pretend that A World Between Us started with this beautiful print. But its appearance in my life felt serendipitous, and I’ve loved living with it for the last few years.

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  2. Spanish Civil War songs

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    September 27, 2012 by Lydia Syson

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    You can hear different versions of nearly all the songs in A World Between Us on YouTube.  Many of these videos include evocative archive images of the Spanish Civil War. Print out song sheets for The Internationale and The Peat Bog Soldiers from the Hot Key Books website.

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  3. Longing for Lundy

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    September 25, 2012 by Lydia Syson

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    The seat at the kitchen table by the relief map was the prized place at meal times, if I remember rightly. Did we take it in turns, or was there a pecking order to where we sat? There was always something irresistible about stretching up and running your hands keep reading


  4. Lou Kenton, 1908-2012

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    September 18, 2012 by Lydia Syson

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    The oldest surviving British volunteer for the International Brigades has died aged 104.  Both ordinary and extraordinary, Lou Kenton was one of many individuals whose matter-of-fact and everyday heroism worked their way into A World Between Us.  In fact, when I began keep reading


  5. Publication Day: 4th October 2012

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    September 15, 2012 by Lydia Syson

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    Buy A World Between Us at a bookshop near you!


  6. Talking about the Spanish Civil War

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    September 15, 2012 by Lydia Syson

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    Paul Preston must know more about the history of twentieth-century Spain than anyone else alive.  A captivating speaker, who charms with his truculence, he’s a hero to thousands, including me.

    The first time I heard him in public I squeezed into the last seat of a dark and crowded basement at the Instituto Cervantes just as he began to introduce his fellow speaker, Julián Casanova.  The event was called  ‘Remembering the Spanish Civil War’. I gulped, keep reading


  7. BOOKING SCHOOL VISITS and other events

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    September 14, 2012 by Lydia Syson

    South London Press, 21.3.14

    PLEASE EMAIL ME TO DISCUSS AN EVENT OR MAKE A BOOKING: lydia.syson@hotkeybooks.com

    I’m happy to talk to audiences of all ages (ideally from KS3 up at present), and take a very flexible approach to school visits and other events for teenagers and adults.  My illustrated, interactive talks can be delivered with a focus on either History, English or Spanish.  I use vivid primary sources of all kinds, and always include readings from the novels and plenty of discussion.  Why not follow up a talk with a creative writing workshop, for example on writing about place?    keep reading


  8. Digging deeper

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    September 12, 2012 by Lydia Syson

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    So a royal funeral could soon be on the cards.  I imagine the protocol might get a little tricky, what with it being the second time for this corpse.  And there’s nobody left alive who knew him.

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  9. And another thing

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    September 7, 2012 by Lydia Syson

    Amy' s pic of iBook filming

    I spent yesterday filming for the iBook edition of A World Between Us.  So I’m spending today with all the things I should have said yesterday swirling round my head.  Too late.  Did I really fail to mention the time my great-aunt Lulu was arrested after throwing a keep reading


  10. DOCTOR OF LOVE reviews

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    September 7, 2012 by Lydia Syson

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    “Syson’s enthralling book offers a new portrait of Graham as an authentic innovator… [An] admirable and engaging book.” - The Guardian

    “I was entranced by Lydia Syson’s superb volume… keep reading


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