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The Lido

by Libby Page

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April 2018 Debut of the Month

Ahh, this is just so, so lovely… a debut that made me smile, weep, and smile some more. Rosemary is 86, she has lived in Brixton all her life, watching as Brixton has changed a building at a time, from fruit and veg shops to trendy bars. 26 year old journalist Kate is surrounded by people, yet feels completely and utterly alone, when the local lido is threatened by closure, an alliance and unexpected friendship is formed. Libby Page has a lovely quick-witted, gently quirky writing style, surprising me with observations and unexpected detail (adored the fox!). I loved travelling through memories, getting to know Rosemary and Kate, and seeing the small snapshots of the lives they touch. While it is a truly beautiful read, part of the beauty is in the emotion I felt, pain and heartache is embraced, hugged, soothed. ‘The Lido’ is a deliciously warm and entertaining slice of wonderful, and I absolutely adored it.

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The Lido Synopsis

'THE LIDO is a joyous and uplifting debut - a testament to kindness and friendship and all those values society must hold dear' SARAH WINMAN, author of When God Was a Rabbit and Tin ManMeet Rosemary, 86, and Kate, 26: dreamers, campaigners, outdoor swimmers...Rosemary has lived in Brixton all her life, but everything she knows is changing. Only the local lido, where she swims every day, remains a constant reminder of the past and her beloved husband George. Kate has just moved and feels adrift in a city that is too big for her. She's on the bottom rung of her career as a local journalist, and is determined to make something of it. So when the lido is threatened with closure, Kate knows this story could be her chance to shine. But for Rosemary, it could be the end of everything. Together they are determined to make a stand, and to prove that the pool is more than just a place to swim - it is the heart of the community. The Lido is an uplifting novel about the importance of friendship, the value of community, and how ordinary people can protect the things they love.'Feel-good and uplifting, this charming novel is full of heart' Lucy Diamond

The Lido Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

There are some novels that ooze warm Summer days spent with friends - and The Lido really hits that mark. Amongst the recent deluge of heartwarming reads, The Lido will deservedly establish its place. Full review

Joy Finlayson

An easy read that could appeal to all ages and will show you how important friendship is. Full review

Emma Barton

The Lido by debut author Libby Page is an absolute joy. This is the feel good book of the year. Full review

Francesca Ashurst

I really loved the relationship between the two women, I took Kate to be early 20's which means a 60 year age gap between these good friends. Full review

Charlie Pritchard - Williams

A beautifully gentle summer read that will captivate and enchant and leave you feeling like all is well in the world once more. Full review

Alison Bradbury

The Lido is a great debut novel, the power of community shines through in this book, interweaving friendship, love & loss. Full review

Lucy Hall

This is a beautiful book about friendship, love and the value of community - and how working together can make people stronger, braver and kinder than when they’re struggling on alone. Full review

Jane Welby

The Lido is a heart-warming, readable book. I enjoyed it very much. Full review

Charlotte Walker

A fabulous, feel good read. This made me want to find my nearest outdoor pool. Full review

Jane Pepler

Get your tissues at the ready - but in a heartwarming way! Full review

Kate Thacker

A book I will probably reread as I enjoyed it so much. It was a nice story and I don't usually have a lot of time to read but I made time to read this. Full review

Dawn Lynch

This was like a trip back in the past for me and I enjoyed reading about the Kate and Rosemary. They make a good team! Full review

Jo Ann Hakola

Feel good, cross generational story of 2 women who are looking to belong. The threatened closure of the local lido brings them together to fight a common goal and discover who they are. Full review

Rachel Bridgeman

A refreshing story that speaks to your heart, beautifully observed and crafted about hope and the power of community. Full review

Emma Caddick

I cannot fault this book. An inspiring and emotional read that actually moved me to tears. Full review

Julie Bickerdyke

I loved the gentle nature of the book. The feeling of community that emanated throughout the story and how the characters pulled together in the bid to save an important part of the community. In fact I loved the book so much I have joined a group who swim in a local lake. Full review

Siân Spinney

Makes you want to get out your swimming costume and seek out your closest outdoor pool. Full review

Heather Byrne

The Lido, a brilliant debut novel. A feel good story that will leave you feeling uplifted, happy and sad. Full review

Caroline Sara Walls

An antidote to so much of what’s currently going on in the world – and a joyous read. Full review

Sarah Webb

The Lido Press Reviews

'A lavish depiction of an unlikely friendship, a London community and life-long love, all charmingly told in rich, yet gentle prose' - CATHERINE ISAAC, author of You, Me, Everything

'Brimming with charm and compassion'  DAILY EXPRESS 

'A bright, uplifting tale of friendship and community resilience' IRISH INDEPENDENT 

This debut is set to be one of the biggest of the year' GRAZIA 

'The next Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine' THE INDEPENDENT 

'Feelgood and uplifting, this charming novel is full of heart' Lucy Diamond '

A joyous and uplifting debut - a testament to kindness and friendship' SARAH WINMAN, author of When God Was a Rabbit and Tin Man

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781409175223
Publication date: 04/04/2019
Publisher: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781409175209
Publication date: 19/04/2018
Publisher: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781409175209
Publication date: 19th April 2018
Author: Libby Page
Publisher: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
Format: Hardback
Genres: Reader Reviewed Books, Debuts of the Month, Debuts, eBook Favourites, Relationship Stories, Star Books,
Collections: 50 Books To Transport You To Another World, 80+ Books That Deliver a Hug ,

About Libby Page

Libby Page wrote The Lido while working in marketing and moonlighting as a writer. The Lido has sold in over twenty territories around the world and film rights have been sold to Catalyst Global Media. After writing, Libby's second passion is outdoor swimming. Libby lives in London where she enjoys finding new swimming spots and pockets of community within the city. Follow Libby on twitter @libbypagewrites

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