1. LIBERTY’S FIRE

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    February 20, 2015 by Lydia Syson

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    Liberty’s Fire has been nominated for the 2016 Carnegie Award and named a Telegraph ’best YA book of 2015′. Paris, 1871.  Nearly 40 years after the events of Les Miserables, a new revolution is brewing. . . Though the Franco-Prussian war is over, life through the siege has been tough, and peace proves bitter.  On the edge of despair, Zéphyrine …
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  2. THAT BURNING SUMMER

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    August 30, 2013 by Lydia Syson

    THAT BURNING SUMMER - Lydia Syson

    A Book of the Year 2013 for The Independent and Lovereading Romney Marsh, July 1940. When invasion threatens, you have to grow up quickly. Sixteen-year-old Peggy has been putting on a brave face since the fall of France, not least for the sake of her anxiety-prone younger brother Ernest.  But now the enemy is overhead, and the …
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  3. A WORLD BETWEEN US

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    July 29, 2012 by Lydia Syson

    A WORLD BETWEEN US

    Highly Commended for Branford Boase Award 2013, longlisted for The Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2013, shortlisted for WeRead Book Award 2013, longlisted for UKLA Book Award 2014, nominated for the  CILIP Carnegie Medal, 2014.   Spain, 1936. Felix, a spirited young nurse, has run away from London to help the cause of the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War. But she …
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  4. DOCTOR OF LOVE: JAMES GRAHAM AND HIS CELESTIAL BED

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    July 28, 2012 by Lydia Syson

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    Dr Graham set out to bring the sublime into the sex life of every married couple.  Widely considered the world’s first sex therapist, he guaranteed both ecstasy and fertility to the users of his infamous Celestial Bed, a contraption which harnessed all the most exciting developments of the Enlightenment. Electricity, magnetism, mind-altering gases and music …
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