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Publisher Description

An epic romance set against the backdrop of the Spanish Civil War, further enhanced in this edition with first-hand accounts, author and expert videos, personal letters and dozens of beautiful photographs.


50% Epic Romance, 25% Historical, 25% Drama

Spain, 1936. Felix, a spirited young nurse, has travelled to Spain to help the cause of the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War. But she is also following Nat, a passionate young man who has joined the International Brigades fighting Franco. And George - familiar George from home - is not far behind, in pursuit of Felix ...

As Spain fights for its freedom against tyranny, Felix battles a conflict of the heart. With the civil war raging around her, Felix must make choices that will change her life forever. An epic and moving historical adventure from debut author Lydia Syson.

Alongside the epic novel, this enhanced edition includes:

- Over 20 videos and audio clips from historians, Lydia herself and the final, touching interview with the last remaining British International Brigade survivor before his death in 2013.
- 5 interactive maps of the battle fronts
- 6 songs, including The Man Who Watered the Worker's Beer
- 14 image galleries with images of letters from the front, war posters, medical innovations, and International Brigaders.
- 16 history snippets in the glossary format
- Reading group questions, further reading suggestions, and extended information about how Lydia's family history inspired this story.


"An outstanding debut novel… Thoroughly researched and beautifully written, for what I suspect is a crossover rather than a strictly teen audience, Syson's novel convinces with a light touch and a flair for vivid detail." – The Guardian

“It's a fantastic historical fiction debut set in the Spanish Civil War, featuring a wonderfully passionate and resourceful heroine. Recommended.” – The Bookseller

“This book should certainly appeal to those interested in an anti-fascist struggle whose events and consequences still impact in Spain and beyond to this day. Highly recommended.” – The Morning Star

“Carefully-researched and rich with fascinating period detail, A World Between Us is a compelling story of politics and passion, bravery and love.” – Booktrust


Lydia Syson is a fifth-generation North Londoner who now lives south of the river.   The publication of her first novel, A WORLD BETWEEN US, has taken a good few decades. During this time she went from being a BBC World Service radio listener in Botswana to a producer in London, and then became a non-medical doctor and mother of four. She also wrote a biography of Britain's first fertility guru, DOCTOR OF LOVE: JAMES GRAHAM AND HIS CELESTIAL BED. Getting to Timbuktu is still on the 'to do' list - it's the subject of her PhD thesis - but it will have to be via Romney Marsh, where her next YA novel for Hot Key Books will be set. You can follow Lydia on www.lydiasyson.com or on Twitter: @lydiasyson

Young Adult
November 5
Hot Key Books

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