Posts Tagged ‘Len Crome’

  1. Len Crome Memorial Lecture 2014: Taking Sides

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    March 2, 2014 by Lydia Syson

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    The Spanish Civil War ‘gripped the imagination of a generation’, said Valentine Cunningham this weekend at Taking Sides: Artists and Writers on the Spanish Civil War.  To judge from the huge and variously-aged turnout at the event, not to mention the responses I’ve had from young readers of my own novel on the subject, it will continue to do so for several generations to come.   keep reading


  2. Wartime Christmas

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    December 22, 2013 by Lydia Syson

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    Today’s war-themed window in the Carnegie 2014 Advent Calendar by We Sat Down is my inspiration for this final post of the year. Christmas in wartime tends to be peculiarly poignant – so often dark with separation, and haunted by the ghosts of past celebrations.  Ritual is disrupted, and hope can seem fragile.  Both That Burning Summer and A World Between Us include not scenes, but memories of Christmas. keep reading


  3. The cave hospital, at last.

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    September 27, 2013 by Lydia Syson

    Cave hospital, La Bisbal

    ‘This hospital is in a cave.   When Felix heard, she imagined a storybook kind of cave, where dragons lurk on piles of gold at the end of winding tunnels.  Theirs is a great horizontal gash in the rock face of a hillside, an unhappy open mouth.  But its roof is solid stone.  And it won’t be far from the fighting. keep reading


  4. 20th-25th September 2013: Battle of Ebro 75th anniversary commemorations in Spain

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    September 5, 2013 by Lydia Syson

    The Cave Hospital at La Bisbal de la Falset

    The last section of A World Between Us is set during the opening stages of the Battle of the Ebro, the longest and bloodiest battle of the Spanish Civil War, towards the end of which the International Brigade volunteers were sent home. On Saturday 21st September I’m honoured to be speaking about the Cave Hospital at La Bisbal de Falset keep reading


  5. Homage to Catalonia: the debate

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    March 4, 2013 by Lydia Syson

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    “You’ve written a book about the Spanish Civil War?  Oh yes, Orwell, right?”

    “Mmm. Yes and no.”

    I’ve had a few conversations along these lines in recent months.  It’s hard to explain George Orwell’s complicated relationship to the complicated Civil War in Spain and its complicated historiography in just a few words.  As a teenager, I absolutely loved Homage to Catalonia keep reading


  6. 2nd March 2013 George Orwell’s ‘Homage to Catalonia’ 75 years on

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    January 29, 2013 by Lydia Syson

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    I’m looking forward to the 2013 Len Crome Memorial Lecture, which this year will be held not at the Imperial War Museum as usual, but in Manchester, with speakers such as Richard Baxell, Tom Buchanan, Christopher Hall and Paul Preston. I’m sure there will be some extremely interesting exchanges of opinion. keep reading


  7. 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


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