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Lydia Syson for blogLydia Syson is a fifth-generation North Londoner who now lives south of the river. Although writing a novel was a very early ambition, it took her rather a long time to get round to A WORLD BETWEEN US, set during the Spanish Civil War. In the meantime, she went from being a World Service radio listener in Botswana to a producer in London, leaving the BBC after her first child was born. Three more children later she wrote a biography of Britain’s first fertility guru, DOCTOR OF LOVE: JAMES GRAHAM AND HIS CELESTIAL BED, telling the full story of the charismatic eighteenth-century ‘electric’ doctor. Getting to Timbuktu is still on the ‘to do’ list –  explorers, poets and Timbuktu fever were the subject of the PhD she finished in 2003.  Recent travels have been closer to home.  Her second YA novel for Hot Key BooksTHAT BURNING SUMMER (October 2013), is largely set on Romney Marsh in July 1940, as the Battle of Britain raged overhead.  She is currently working on a novel set in Paris during the ‘terrible year’ of 1871: LIBERTY’S FIRE is out in May 2015.


Contact details:

Email Lydia at lydia.syson@hotkeybooks.com or follow her on Twitter: @lydiasyson

SCHOOL VISITS available for KS3, 4 & 5.  Lydia is also happy to participate in adult events, and talk to reading groups.  She is a National Literacy Trust trained author, and a Visiting Lecturer at City University, London.

Catherine Clarke at Felicity Bryan Associates represents Lydia’s work for older children and adults.
Anne Clark at Anne Clark Literary Agency represents her work for children under seven.
Lydia Syson is a History Girl, and also a member of CWISL, SAS, and the SoA.



  1. Phoebe says:

    oh no i can’t access the follow button

  2. Brian Durrans says:

    Hi Lydia
    I used to be a colleague of Luke’s at the BM and met you I think at KCL a few years ago at an event linked to the Culture of the Enlightenment MA course on which I still do a little teaching. Just came across this book you’ve written on the Spanish Civil War. Well done for that (from an old Communist). My own are no longer young enough but I’m sure I can find a teenage son or daughter of a friend to buy it for.
    Hope sales go stratospheric

    Best wishes

  3. Brigitte says:

    Hi Lydia
    I just read your old mails in a box… and find more recent news on the net. I m sure i will get a chance to read all that. All the best to you !

  4. Seda says:

    hi Lydia,
    I have just ordered both of your books on line and I can’t wait to read them. Well done on recieving such amazing reviews too. I hope the kids are well :) All the best!
    Seda-the au-pair

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20 January 2015:National Literacy Trust teacher training day, Leicester

29 January 2015:Hay Festival Scribblers Tour to Trinity St Davids University

10 February 2015:Camberwell Library book group author visit


9 May 2015:Philosophy Football event

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