Posts Tagged ‘Lydia Syson’

  1. WELCOME

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    June 14, 2018 by Lydia Syson

    Adshot pic - best?… you’ve reached the website of Lydia Syson, author of the historical novel MR PEACOCK’S POSSESSIONS, the YA novels LIBERTY’S FIRETHAT BURNING SUMMER, A WORLD BETWEEN US, & the biography DOCTOR OF LOVE: DR JAMES GRAHAM AND HIS CELESTIAL BED, all critically acclaimed. Do visit Reviews to discover what other readers have thought of all these books, and scroll down from there to find out more about the history behind the novels. For those on larger screens, on which this website works much better, apologies for any repetition. You’ll find the latest blogpost just below.

    Find out about school visits and other author events here

    Order MR PEACOCK’S POSSESSIONS here or here

    Buy LIBERTY’S FIRE here

    Buy THAT BURNING SUMMER here or here if you’re in the US

    Buy A WORLD BETWEEN US here or the iBook edition with extra features (music, interactive maps, photographs, interviews with historians, archive materials and more) here at iTunes

    Buy DOCTOR OF LOVE here

    Or better still, ask your nearest independent bookshop for the books.

    Photograph by Gianluca De Girolamo, Adshot, London.


  2. Bookings & Events

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    May 24, 2018 by Lydia Syson

    Please contact lydiasyson@gmail.com to request more information or to make a booking for any kind of event. You’ll find more about school visits here and can also download full details:  Lydia Syson’s school visits

    Upcoming events will be found on the sidebar.


  3. 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

    keep reading


  4. 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


  5. 31st March 2016: Children and Socialism series, Marx Memorial Library, London

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    March 8, 2016 by Lydia Syson

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    New Ways to Tell Old Stories: putting the political into historical fiction for today’s young readers

    Lydia Syson and Meirian Jump in conversation at the home of the International Brigade archives.

    Lydia, a former BBC World Service radio producer, is the author of three critically-acclaimed novels for young adults. A World Between Us (2012) tells the story of three British volunteers in the Spanish Civil War. Sparked by research into the anthem of the International Brigades, Liberty’s Fire (2015) brings the 1871 Paris Commune dramatically to life for a new generation. That Burning Summer (2013) is set during the Battle of Britain in small rural community where spyfever is infectious and pacifism a dirty word. Lydia and Meirian will discuss hidden histories, unexpected heroes, archives and sources, and the ethics of turning real lives into fiction.  All welcome.  No need to book. £3 on the door.

    March 31st, 2016 7:00 PM 
    Marx Memorial Library
    37A Clerkenwell Green
    London
    EC1R 0DU
    United Kingdom
    Phone: 020 725 31485

  6. A WORLD BETWEEN US reviews

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    April 19, 2015 by Lydia Syson

    Christmas book pick in The Observer , The Telegraph , The Morning Star & Radio Suffolk, Teen book club choice on The Guardian Children’s Book website, recommended as a ‘hot read’ on teen website SugarscapeHighly 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 and Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize 2013, nominated for the  CILIP Carnegie Medal, 2014.

    Please follow links for full reviews….

    A World Between Us is an outstanding debut novel for teenagers…what Syson captures so well is a sense of heartbreaking courage, comradeship and lost innocence…Thoroughly researched and beautifully written, for what I suspect is a keep reading


  7. Longing for Lundy

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    September 25, 2012 by Lydia Syson

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    The seat at the kitchen table by the relief map was the prized place at meal times, if I remember rightly. Did we take it in turns, or was there a pecking order to where we sat? There was always something irresistible about stretching up and running your hands keep reading


  8. And another thing

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    September 7, 2012 by Lydia Syson

    Amy' s pic of iBook filming

    I spent yesterday filming for the iBook edition of A World Between Us.  So I’m spending today with all the things I should have said yesterday swirling round my head.  Too late.  Did I really fail to mention the time my great-aunt Lulu was arrested after throwing a keep reading


  9. The Torch of History

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    August 30, 2012 by Lydia Syson

    1948 women's swimming team

    For most of my life I’ve been as likely to pole-vault out of the garden as to sit down to watch the Olympic opening ceremony on television. The celebration of children’s books certainly softened my resistance to the occasion. And I enjoyed the glimpses of London in 1948 we had on our screens. And finally, I had time to watch – and get keep reading



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

"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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