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The Lido

by Libby Page

Debuts Relationship Stories Star Books

LoveReading View on The Lido

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

The Lido Synopsis

Meet 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 Press Reviews

Brimming with charm and compassion - Daily Express

This debut is set to be one of the biggest of the year - Grazia

The next Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - Independent

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

This is a tale of loneliness, belonging and reconnecting with the world and people around us - Bath Magazine

Such a kind and lovely novel, The Lido has a heart that shines from every page - AJ Pearce, author of Dear Mrs Bird

Heart-warming - GOOD HOUSEKEEPING

A beautiful book. Sweet and heartwarming but also wise with a strong message about the importance of community and friendship. It reminded me of a Richard Curtis film, life-affirming, romantic and impossible to resist. - Francesca Jakobi, author of Bitter

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

Did I #lovethelido? So much my heart broke a little turning the last page. A stunning debut -- Clare Mackintosh Feelgood and uplifting, this charming novel is full of heart - Lucy Diamond

This is a wonderful story of friendship and believing in yourself - PRIMA

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

a feel-good novel about friendship and belonging - SUNDAY EXPRESS

Uplifting.. the pool is not just a place to swim - it's the heart of the community - BELLA

Switching mainly between Rosemary and Kate's viewpoints, we quickly come to see that Rosemary is just as lonely as her new friend, steeped in a lifetime's memories of swimming in the lido - SUNDAY TIMES

What will win you over is the story of two women and the strength of their friendship - GRAZIA

a timeless tale of friendship, love and chilly swims - SUNDAY EXPRESS

The next Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - THE INDEPENDENT

a joyful celebration of community and friendship - THE OBSERVER

A testament to kindness and friendship - RADIO TIMES

A novel of friendship, love and the importance of community - this is an absolute pleasure - WOMAN AND HOME

A beautifully written testament to unlikely friendship, the galvanising pursuit of common goals and lifelong passions which link individuals with their community - DAILY MAIL

Brimming with charm and compassion... It's tender, thoughtful and above all a feelgood celebration of community and life-changing friendship. -- Garry Bushell - DAILY EXPRESS

A standout hymn to female friendship and the power of collective action - Stylist

This summer's poolside must-read... a timeless tale of friendship, love and chilly swims. It may be about freezing-cold water but it will give you a warm glow. -- Andreina Cordani - DAILY MIRROR

This lovely book is about the power of friendship and community.. Heartwarming and uplifting, The Lido is set to make quite a splash. - SUN ON SUNDAY

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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: 9781409175223
Publication date: 4th April 2019
Author: Libby Page
Publisher: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 400 pages
Genres: Debuts, Relationship Stories, Star Books,
Collections: 10 Books That Make Us Happy for International Day of Happiness, 40+ Novels That Feature Friendship,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Swimming & diving,

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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