Lydia Syson is a fifth-generation North Londoner who now lives south of the river with her partner and four children. After an early career as a BBC World Service Radio producer, she turned from the spoken to the written word, and developed an enduring obsession with history. Her PhD about poets, explorers and Timbuktu was followed by a biography of Britain’s first fertility guru, DOCTOR OF LOVE: JAMES GRAHAM AND HIS CELESTIAL BED, and then three YA novels for Hot Key Books set in the Spanish Civil War (A WORLD BETWEEN US - 2012) and World War Two (THAT BURNING SUMMER - 2013) and the Paris Commune of 1871, LIBERTY’S FIRE (2015). All three have been inspired, very loosely, by her own family history, but none more directly than Liberty’s Fire: Lydia’s anarchist great-great-grandmother moved in Communard circles in late nineteenth-century London and volunteered at Louise Michel’s international school in Fitzrovia. For her adult fiction debut, MR PEACOCK’S POSSESSIONS (2018), set on a remote volcanic island in Oceania in the 1870s, Lydia borrowed from the family history of her partner, who was born in New Zealand.
Catherine Clarke at Felicity Bryan Associates represents Lydia’s work for older children and adults.