The Lido (Paperback)
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The Lido (Paperback)

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£9.99
Paperback 400 Pages
Published: 04/04/2019
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Waterstones Says

Two very different women come together to save their local lido from closure in Libby Page's elegantly written and uplifting novel about community, friendship and the passage of time.    

An uplifting novel about the importance of friendship, the value of community, and how ordinary people can protect the things they love.

‘The book’s themes of community, protest and activism are urgent ones in Brexit Britain.’ – The Guardian

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.

Included in the Guardian’s round-up of the best new faces of fiction in 2018, The Lido is an unashamedly feel-good read. Inspired by the south London where the author spent her student years and a passion for outdoor swimming, it’s a powerful book about loneliness, belonging and the importance of community in an increasingly disconnected world.

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9781409175223
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 278 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The next Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - Independent

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

Brimming with charm and compassion - Daily Express

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Hardback

“A charming, heartwarming story....”

This is a perfect story to make your heart melt. It revolves around the closure threats of a local lido, a wonderful community spirit to keep it open. In the middle of it, a great heartwarming story of new love, old... More

Hardback edition
Helpful? Upvote 122

“An easy read”

I was sent an advance manuscript proof of The Lido by Libby Page to read and review by NetGalley.
This is an idealistic story of a community coming together to fight a common cause and a tale of friendship and love.... More

Hardback edition
Helpful? Upvote 58
Penelope Bullock at Lancaster

“A wonderfully uplifting novel.”

A wonderfully uplifting book about the important of friendship, community and fighting for what you believe in. A timely novel in these current times where so much of what is good and important is being allowed to... More

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