1. Party in Peckham: 25th October 2012


    October 24, 2012 by Lydia Syson

    AWBU in review window

    Book signing and general festivities from 7 -9 pm at review,131 Bellenden Road, SE15 4QY  - my wonderful local bookshop.

  2. My Dear Friend…


    October 19, 2012 by Lydia Syson

    African Americans in SCW from ALBA

    ‘There are loads of histories that deserve remembering’ wrote Catherine Johnson this week on The History Girls blogspot, on the subject of Black History Month.  What better time to remember a few more?  Until I started work on A World Between Us, I had no idea of the roles played by black volunteers and conscripts in the Spanish Civil War – volunteers on the Republican side, Moroccan conscripts fighting for Franco.  Histories within histories. keep reading

  3. Cover Story


    October 16, 2012 by Lydia Syson

    Screen Shot 2012-10-16 at 12.46.49

    Last Christmas I handed over present-buying duties to a reponsible other and buckled down to re-writes. By early January Hot Key had sent me a cover design.

    I opened the attachment with great excitement, desperate to love it. keep reading

  4. Press launch in pics


    October 9, 2012 by Lydia Syson

    Cameron and Iris at AWBU launch

    Cameron Jacobs and Iris Mathieson performing Si tu me quieres escribir (If you want to write to me…), a song to celebrate the launch of A World Between Us into the reading world.  I’ve started spotting that cover in bookshop windows already.

    keep reading

  5. The Battle of Bermondsey


    October 3, 2012 by Lydia Syson

    Maire Lynd c 1930 1

    75 years ago today my grandmother was arrested.  It must have been incredibly frightening, but by then she was used to being on the frontline. Maire Lynd (later Gaster) was one of 111 people ‘knocked off’ (as my grandfather put it) at a huge anti-fascist demonstration in Bermondsey.  Dockworkers, Communists, ILP members and Trades Councils got together to defeat Mosley’s Blackshirts as they tried to penetrate a Labour stronghold in the heart of London. keep reading

"An intelligent, beautifully written book about a dysfunctional family in a sinister paradise" THE TIMES (BOOK OF THE MONTH)

"Powerful, intense and beautiful" HISTORICAL NOVEL REVIEW

"This tense, evocative, richly-imagined novel conjures the voices of a strange time and place, and makes them universal" EMMA DARWIN

"A wonderful book" CAROL DRINKWATER

"A fantastic historical fiction debut" THE BOOKSELLER

"Syson brings history alive" THE OBSERVER

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