• Publication date: 19 Apr 2018
• Publisher: Orion
• Language: English
• ASIN: B077DTBMHF
Source: ARC copy from author and publisher.
I read this book a short while ago and it is one of the most memorable, beautiful books I’ve read in a long time.
If I hadn’t moved house, I’d have reviewed it much sooner but it’s one of the books that kept me sane before, during and after the moving phase.
Such a very welcome break from reading crime fiction, the genre that has been my book reading choice now for quite a while.
It’s made me realise that I’m really missing out on good contemporary fiction that doesn’t necessarily involve tense action packed drama and high body counts.
This outstanding novel is the story of a community fight to save an historic Lido in London.
Aided by Kate, a reporter from a local newspaper, Rosemary, a lady in the prime of her elderly life and a user of the Lido for decades decides to fight to keep it open and prevent developers from building over it.
Rosemary, through her precious memories of life with the love of her life, her husband George, a fellow Lido user, tells the story of both the history of the Lido and her marriage. From romantic trysts late at night after the pool had closed and they’d climbed a wall to get into the Lido right up to the time she sadly lost him.
Kate, a quiet lonely girl with a lack of self worth and confidence issues learns to love the Lido and becomes a stronger person both from Rosemary’s influence, her growing interest in the local community and the new found friends she makes and the fight to save a piece of history and a place she comes to love.
The story, which moves from the past to present day seamlessly. Beautifully woven together narrative and a book that will stay in my mind and my heart.
As a footnote, I learned from my fellow book blogger Mairead O’Hearne’s fantastic review of this book Here the following: –
The Lido tells the tale of The Brockwell Lido, a place I knew nothing of until I started reading this book. Actually I had never heard or knew anything about the existence of any of these incredible facilities, these Lidos that are so much a part of communities all over London. The Brockwell Lido opened it’s doors for real in July 1937 and in more recent years it was closed from 1990 to 1994. A successful campaign run locally resulted in the reopening of the pool and since 2003, it has been listed Grade II on the National Heritage List for England (Source : Wikipedia)
All the stars ✨✨✨✨✨
Praise for The Lido
‘A standout hymn to female friendship and the power of collective action’ STYLIST
‘Did I #lovethelido? So much my heart broke a little turning the last page. A stunning debut’ CLARE MACKINTOSH
‘Joyous and uplifting debut – a testament to kindness and friendship’ SARAH WINMAN
‘Such a kind and lovely novel, The Lido has a heart that shines from every page’ AJ PEARCE, author of DEAR MRS BIRD
‘The next Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ THE INDEPENDENT
‘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
‘An uplifting story about communities, kindness and compassion’ LUCY MANGAN
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