The Lido

The Lido : The feel-good debut of the year

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'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 Man

Meet Rosemary, 86, and Kate, 26: dreamers, campaigners, outdoor swimmers...

Rosemary has lived in Brixton all her life. But now everything she knows is changing - the library where she used to work has closed, the family fruit and veg shop has become a trendy bar, and her beloved husband George is gone.

Kate has just moved and feels alone in a city that is too big for her. She's at the bottom rung of her career as a journalist on a local paper, and is determined to make something of it.
So when the local lido is threatened with closure, Kate knows this story could be her chance to shine. And Rosemary knows it is the end of everything for her.

Together they are determined to make a stand, to show that the pool is more than just a place to swim - it is the heart of the community. Together they will show the importance of friendship, the value of community, and how ordinary people can protect the things they love.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 234 x 158 x 28mm | 502g
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9781409175216
  • 231,612

Review Text

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 20180415
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A testament to kindness and friendship * RADIO TIMES * a joyful celebration of community and friendship * THE OBSERVER * The next Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine * THE INDEPENDENT * a timeless tale of friendship, love and chilly swims * SUNDAY EXPRESS * What will win you over is the story of two women and the strength of their friendship * GRAZIA * A beautifully written testament to unlikely friendship, the galvanising pursuit of common goals and lifelong passions which link individuals with their community * DAILY MAIL * A standout hymn to female friendship and the power of collective action * Stylist * 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 * A novel of friendship, love and the importance of community - this is an absolute pleasure * WOMAN AND HOME * Uplifting.. the pool is not just a place to swim - it's the heart of the community * BELLA * a feel-good novel about friendship and belonging * SUNDAY EXPRESS * 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 wonderful story of friendship and believing in yourself * PRIMA * Feelgood and uplifting, this charming novel is full of heart * Lucy Diamond * Did I #lovethelido? So much my heart broke a little turning the last page. A stunning debut -- Clare Mackintosh This debut is set to be one of the biggest of the year * GRAZIA * A bright, uplifting tale of friendship and community resilience * IRISH INDEPENDENT * Brimming with charm and compassion * DAILY EXPRESS * 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 * 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 * Heart-warming * GOOD HOUSEKEEPING * Such a kind and lovely novel, The Lido has a heart that shines from every page * AJ Pearce, author of Dear Mrs Bird * 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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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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Rating details

15,645 ratings
3.88 out of 5 stars
5 29% (4,510)
4 39% (6,120)
3 25% (3,835)
2 6% (920)
1 2% (260)
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