Posts Tagged ‘history’

  1. Left out


    March 14, 2013 by Lydia Syson

    I’m developing a new obsession, fuelled this week by a number of chance media encounters.  Today I read an article by Mariko Oi reflecting on her own extremely selective education in history as a teenager in Japan – just nineteen pages of a textbook were devoted to events which took place between 1931 and 1945. Oi then outlined the ‘curriculum battles’ taking place in Japan right keep reading

  2. Digging deeper


    September 12, 2012 by Lydia Syson

    So a royal funeral could soon be on the cards.  I imagine the protocol might get a little tricky, what with it being the second time for this corpse.  And there’s nobody left alive who knew him.

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  3. A sudden blow


    September 3, 2012 by Lydia Syson

    A few weeks ago I lost my memory.  I’m still circling round what happened, telling and retelling myself the story, and checking and double-checking with my children exactly what I did and said at the time.  On holiday in France, I fell off a horse and hit my head. 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

“Syson brings history alive” THE OBSERVER

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