Lydia Syson is a fifth-generation North Londoner who now lives south of the river with her partner and four children. Lydia began her career as a BBC World Service radio producer, after receiving a double first in English from Oxford and an MA in critical theory from Southampton University. She has since written three critically acclaimed historical novels for young adults, each in some way inspired by the radical backgrounds of earlier generations of her family. The books include Liberty's Fire, (Carnegie-nominated, Telegraph best YA titles of 2015) A World Between Us (Guardian Children's Fiction Prize longlisted, Branford Boase Highly Commended,), That Burning Summer (Independent Best Books 2013). With Mr Peacock's Possessions, her adult fiction debut, she has borrowed from her New Zealand-born husband's family history. Lydia's first book was Doctor of Love: James Graham and His Celestial Bed a biography of the eighteenth-century fertility guru, James Graham, who was known as the Electric Doctor.
Lydia is an RLF Fellow at The Courtauld Institute of Art and a National Literacy Trust trained author she regularly blogs at The History Girls<http://the-history-girls.blogspot.co.uk/> on the 6th of every month.