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  1. Spanish Civil War songs

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    September 27, 2012 by Lydia Syson

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    You can hear different versions of nearly all the songs in A World Between Us on YouTube.  Many of these videos include evocative archive images of the Spanish Civil War. Print out song sheets for The Internationale and The Peat Bog Soldiers from the Hot Key Books website.

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  2. My friendly locals…

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    September 5, 2012 by Lydia Syson

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    …in other words, the independent booksellers I’m lucky enough to have near me. We may not have the tube in South East London, but you’re never far from a brilliant bookshop.   keep reading


  3. My local hero: the magnificent Dr Lettsom

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    August 29, 2012 by Lydia Syson

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    My favourite place to write is in bed, right at the top of our house in Camberwell.  Looking out of the window, I can see the furthermost corner of the estate that once belonged to a man I fondly think of as my neighbour, although he lived here over two hundred years ago.  I’m often reminded of Dr Lettsom when I’m up the road working on our family allotment.  It’s just where his pleasure garden used to be, part of what is now a community garden which still bears his name.

    I kept running into Dr Lettsom in the course of my research into eighteenth-century medicine for my book DOCTOR OF LOVE, always with great pleasure.  Eventually I  put together some of what I’d found out for the website of my children’s primary school…as you’ll see, Dog Kennel Hill pupils have more than one reason to be interested in Dr Lettsom.

    http://www.dkh.org.uk/dr-lettsom/


  4. It’s All Relative & Drawn to Spain

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    August 4, 2012 by Lydia Syson

    Here’s an article about some of the romantics, rebels and wordsmiths in my family which I wrote for the Jewish Socialist magazine’s Winter 2012 issue, followed by David Rosenberg’s review of A World Between Us. keep reading


  5. Len Crome – Autobiographical Notes

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    August 2, 2012 by Lydia Syson

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    Len Crome (1909-2001) was chief of the medical service of the 15th Army Corps of the Republican army during the Spanish Civil War; and a lieutenant-colonel in the Royal Army Military Corps during the Second World War, when he was awarded the Military Cross for outstanding bravery. This brief autobiography is published with kind permission of his son, Peter Crome, and offers a fascinating insight into Crome’s life before and after the Spanish Civil War. keep reading


  6. Map of Paris, 1871

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    March 1, 2012 by Lydia Syson

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    ‘Harper’s Map of Paris’ can be found in the back of W.P.Fetridge’s 1871 The Rise and Fall of The Paris Commune (see Find out more about the history behind LIBERTY’S FIRE). keep reading



"A mesmerising portrait of a family unravelling" THE TIMES (Best historical fiction in 2018)

"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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