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The Lido by Libby Page

The Lido

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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. ~ Liz Robinson

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.

  • Charlotte Walker - 'The Lido is a heart-warming, readable book. I enjoyed it very much'
  • Charlie Pritchard-Williams -'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'
  • Francesca Ashurst'The Lido by debut author Libby Page is an absolute joy. This is the feel good book of the year.'
  • Jane Welby - '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.'
  • Alison Bradbury - 'A beautifully gentle summer read that will captivate and enchant and leave you feeling like all is well in the world once more.'
  • Lucy Hall - 'The Lido is a great debut novel, the power of community shines through in this book, interweaving friendship, love & loss.'
  • Joy Finlayson - '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.'
  • Jane Pepler - 'A fabulous, feel good read. This made me want to find my nearest outdoor pool.'
  • Emma Barton - 'An easy read that could appeal to all ages and will show you how important friendship is.'
  • Kate Thacker - 'Get your tissues at the ready - but in a heartwarming way!'
  • Sarah Webb - 'An antidote to so much of what’s currently going on in the world – and a joyous read.'
  • Heather Byrne - 'Makes you want to get out your swimming costume and seek out your closest outdoor pool.' 
  • Jo Ann Hakola - '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!'
  • Dawn Lynch - '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.'
  • Emma Caddick - 'A refreshing story that speaks to your heart, beautifully observed and crafted about hope and the power of community.'


The Lido by Libby Page

'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


'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

About the Author

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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Book Info

Publication date

19th April 2018


Libby Page

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Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co


384 pages


Relationship Stories
Debuts of the Month

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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