1. RIP David Lomon, 1918-2012


    December 22, 2012 by Lydia Syson


    When Ellathebookworm from the Guardian Teen Book Club asked me this week what I would have found hardest if I’d been a soldier in the Spanish Civil War, I immediately thought of David Lomon, and what he had endured after being taken prisoner by Mussolini’s forces in Spain in the spring of 1938.  Richard Baxell interviewed him for his new book, Unlikely Warriors - read more here. Very sadly, David died yesterday.

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  2. News and an offer


    December 14, 2012 by Lydia Syson



    Tucked into a corner of King’s Cross Station, just beside the sign for Platform 9-and-3/4, there’s a newish bookshop called Watermark which is well worth seeking out.  Thanks to Laura, its fantastically enthusiastic children’s bookseller, that’s where just over half my writing group kicked off this year’s Christmas celebrations last night.

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  3. Christmas stories


    December 7, 2012 by Lydia Syson


    This post was written for Hot Key Books ’9 Days of Christmas’ 

    All my childhood memories of Christmas merge into one indistinct blur: it was always the seventies.  It was always grey.  It never, ever snowed.  And later I keep reading

  4. The Next Big Thing


    December 5, 2012 by Lydia Syson

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    Yes, yes, I know writers are meant to be a lonely lot, isolated in far-flung garrets of angst-ridden creativity. Actually, the children’s writing community is as welcoming and inclusive a place as you could ever hope to find yourself.  Hence The Next Big Thing – a kind of chain blog in which no curses are threatened if you don’t pass it on, but writer after writer has the 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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