Posts Tagged ‘Kermadecs’

  1. Reports from Raoul – 30.2622° S 178.5948° E

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    June 14, 2018 by Lydia Syson

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    I’ve been spending the week going through my notes and listening to sound recordings made on the HMNZS Canterbury in the Kermadecs earlier this year, reliving some magnificent moments as I write a number of features for various newspapers and magazines both on the expedition and the human history of Raoul Island. keep reading


  2. Mr Peacock’s Possessions: sources and background reading

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    May 4, 2018 by Lydia Syson

    As noted in the book, the most important sources for Mr Peacock’s Possessions were:

    Elsie K Morton Crusoes of Sunday Island, 1957.

    Steven Gentry, Raoul & the Kermadecs: New Zealand’s Northernmost Islands, Steele Roberts, 2013.

    Margaret Pointer, Niue 1774-1974: 200 years of contact and change, Otago University Press, 2015.

    SOAS London Missionary Society Archives

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  3. Heading towards publication day. . .

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    May 3, 2018 by Lydia Syson

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    As I write this in London, the Kermadecs – the chain of volcanic islands in the Pacific where Mr Peacock’s Possessions is set – feel further away than ever.  Here’s a photograph of me back in March saying a sad farewell to Raoul, reimagined in my book as Monday Island.  I’d come within feet of its landing rock in a NZ Navy speedboat, flown over the island in a  keep reading


  4. 2018 news

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    February 24, 2018 by Lydia Syson

    Adele's photo of proofs and wrapping paper

    A book cover, an expedition, a story. keep reading



"An intelligent, beautifully written book about a dysfunctional family in a sinister paradise" THE TIMES (BOOK OF THE MONTH)

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"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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