Book Review: The Lido by Libby Page

PUBLISHER: Orion

PAGES: 384

PUBLICATION DATE: 19th April 2018

I cannot praise this stunning and charming debut novel by author Libby Page enough. It didn’t take me long to fall for this story of friendship and community empowerment. 

Main characters Kate and Rosemary are fantastically depicted. Kate is a twenty something journalist trying to built a career in London, but feeling rather overwhelmed by the big city. Rosemary has lived in Brixton all her life, but the changes around her pose a challenge. Together these two embark on a journey to save the local Lido and in the process form an incredible friendship.

Rosemary’s persona really touched me. It is not all that often that you come across a main character in a novel who is already in her mid eighties. I found her extremely interesting, easy to relate to and completely admired her. She reminded me very much of my great aunt and only after a few pages I had a complete picture of how I imagined her to look in my head.

The storyline felt so incredibly real, raw and utterly relatable. This novel doesn’t only showcase the immense power a community has when everyone comes together to fight against something that is important to them (in this case the closure of their local swimming pool), but also how meeting different people and forming friendships (no matter how unlikely on first sight) can shape, heal and support a person. 

Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a proof copy of this book. All opinion are entirely my own. 

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