Lydia Syson grew up in Botswana and London and spent her early career as a BBC World Service radio producer. She has since written a PhD on Timbuktu (2003), a critically acclaimed biography of Britain’s first fertility guru, DOCTOR OF LOVE: JAMES GRAHAM AND HIS CELESTIAL BED (2008), and three novels for young adults published by Hot Key Books. Her YA 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), were loosely inspired in different ways by her own family history. For her adult fiction debut, MR PEACOCK’S POSSESSIONS (2018), set on a remote volcanic island in Oceania in the 1870s, Lydia has 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.