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The Lido

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  13,842 ratings  ·  2,010 reviews
A tender, joyous debut novel about a cub reporter and her eighty-six-year-old subject—and the unlikely and life-changing friendship that develops between them.

Kate is a twenty-six-year-old riddled with anxiety and panic attacks who works for a local paper in Brixton, London, covering forgettably small stories. When she’s assigned to write about the closing of the local lid
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published April 19th 2018 by Orion
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Heather Savickas Yes, I believe title was changed for American readers, since many Americans may not be familiar with the term Lido.

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Amalia Gkavea
‘’She folded herself into the shape of Hermione Granger or George from the Famous Five or Catherine Morland from Northanger Abbey and tried to be them for a day. When she started secondary school her friends were the characters she met in the pages of her books.’’

I confess I am not a lover of the sea or the pool. Although a Cancer born in the middle of July, I’ve always been a mountain girl and swimming is just another summer activity for me. However, one of my earliest memories is of my dad
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
4 delightful stars to The Lido! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

I’m on a streak with charming reads these days, and I am feeling uplifted!

Kate is a cub reporter working for the local paper in Brixton, London. As a cub, she is responsible for the smallest assignments. She also has severe anxiety that affects her work and daily life.

Kate’s next assignment is writing about the closing of a lido (i.e., outdoor pool and recreation center), where she meets Rosemary, a widow in her eighties. Rosemary has been a fixture
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to publisher Simon & Schuster who provided this advance reader copy via NetGalley.

This is a very touching story about an 87-year old woman named Rosemary who lives in the Village of Brixton in England. Her apartment's balcony overlooks "The Lido," otherwise known as the local community pool. More than anything else in her long life, she associates this pool with much of her happiness and fondest memories. She swam there as a child during the war, and even had her first date there with
4.5 Stars

"When you're weary, feeling small
When tears are in your eyes, I'll dry them all (all)
I'm on your side, oh, when times get rough
And friends just can't be found
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down"

-- Bridge Over Troubled Water, Simon & Garfunkel, Songwriters: Paul Simon

At eighty-six years old, Rosemary has lived in the Brixton neighborhood of London her whole life, a bustling neighborhood that brings to mind a scene of Not
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
This was a 3.5 for me rounded up to a 4.

I was looking for a bit of a lighter read and one that would make me feel good! This book fit the ticket. At times, however, I have to admit that it sounded a bit like something I’d read before. The premise isn’t new, older person meets younger person and they each learn from the other.

I thought the characters were very well developed, particularly Rosemary, as we learn her life story from the time that she met George until his passing. Of course the lido
Bam cooks the books ;-)
Have you ever moved to a new city or state, not knowing anyone, and been nearly swamped by loneliness? I have! And that's Kate Matthew's situation now that she's moved to South London and gotten a job reporting for a local newspaper. It's gotten so bad that she's suffering from overwhelming panic attacks. "I had always been anxious but it got so much worse once I was in London."

Most of her assignments have been of the 'lost pet' variety but now her boss wants her to cover the proposed sale of th
Umut Rados
Jul 06, 2018 rated it liked it
I confess it was a cover buy. I just couldn’t stand seeing it in book shops with that amazing blue colour of the Lido in the shiny summer days. It was as if I was going to jump in a refreshing pool if I buy the book, LOL! Well, it didn’t happen, but I really enjoyed my time. It’s a debut. My expectation was a cute and light summer read. It’s totally met. There’s no drama, no traumatized person, no family issues. It was a heart warming story of friendship taking place in a community, and I liked ...more
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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4.5 Stars

“I have been swimming here for more than eighty years.”

I have zero clue how The Lido ended up on my to-read list. None of my Goodreads friends have read it and I know it wasn’t from the library software because currently that believes I’m studying hard on becoming either a methamphetamine manufacturer or a serial killer. Maybe it was one of those advertisements that appear in the middle of the feed here that make you think
Cindy Burnett
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

This debut novel is a beautiful book celebrating the importance of community and relationships. As I read The Lido, I marveled that it is Libby Page’s debut – the story is very well-written. The book tells the tale of Kate, a lonely 26-year-old suffering from anxiety, and Rosemary, an 86-year-old widow who swims daily at her local lido (an outdoor pool and recreation center). The lido is targeted by a development company who wants to buy the land to build an expensive apartment complex.
Jul 24, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars for me.
This book was a light read that took me forever to get through, it just wasn’t all that interesting to me.
Rosemary is 86 yrs old and five years ago lost her husband George. They have always lived in a flat within sight of the The Lido (city pool). The Lido had actually been part of their lives since their youth.
A corporation comes in and wants to buy the land and close up the pool to build tennis courts for their new housing development plans.
This book is about the path to save
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
The Lido is the story of a young journalist, an 86 year old woman, and a swimming site in Brixton, London threatened with closure. During this story we meet a swath of residents of the area and learn more about both Kate, who has moved to London for work, and Rosemary, who has lived here for her entire life.

Now that I have finished The Lido, I have found that nothing happened that I hadn’t anticipated early in my reading. During the second half of the book, the impact of interpersonal emotions
Iryna *Book and Sword*
When your eyes are glassy and your nose is dripping and your heart is full - you know you just finished a good book.

I honestly don't know what drew me into this book? The drawn cover with cheery blue waters and skies? The description? Or the fact that this book is marketed in the likes of A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman? Probably all of them combined - and boy am I happy that I picked it up.

Despite picking it up because it was similar to A man Called Ove I was astonished at just how simila
Melissa Rose
O-M-G, what a book!!

The Lido is a debut novel from author, Libby Page; that delves deep into friendship, community, and mental health.

While not every aspect of this novel was "happy," the story itself was beautiful; I know that it will stick with me.

I truly connected with the characters; they were all believably flawed and real. Who knew that I could become so attached to a fictional community.

I especially connected with Kate; as someone with a severe anxiety disorder, I teared up reading about
First we meet Kate Matthews.  In her early twenties she has moved from her home in the suburbs of Bristol to take her chances in the big city of London.  She has settled in the London community of Brixton where she shares a house with four other people who she barely knows.  She has been here for two years now and is very lonely and depressed.  Also, lately she has been experiencing panic attacks.  She works as a journalist for a small community newspaper, The Brixton Chronicle. When she is not ...more
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
I love listening to audiobooks, especially fiction audiobooks. And the audiobook for The Lido was as good as I hoped it would be. At the end I had goosebumps and was smiling this silly but happy smile. With only 9 hours, the audiobook was quick, easy and flew by lightening fast.

If you love books that make you feel good, The Lido will do the trick. It was a heartwarming tale of friendship, hope, and new beginnings. If you love charming characters and a plot that was as enchanting as it was uplift
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Note: I won this book as part of a Goodreads Giveaway

Reading a description of The Lido intrigued me. It contained multiple story lines I’m interested in - a friendship between a woman in her 20s and a woman in her 80s, gentrification and pushback in a multicultural neighborhood, and a young woman trying to make her way in the big city. I love London and have spent extended time there so I was looking forward to reading this novel.

Unfortunately I found the novel extremely predictable and the writ
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
I read the first 25 pages. The kindest word I could apply to the prose is “undemanding.” I’d hoped the charm of a story about a lonely twentysomething journalist and an octogenarian who band together to rescue their local swimming pool would outweigh the dull writing, but not so. Comparisons with Eleanor Oliphant didn’t fill me with confidence, either.

Sample lines: “It may be spring, but Kate is living under a cloud. It follows her wherever she goes and however hard she tries she can’t seem
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction-general
According to a letter from the publisher enclosed in a copy of the ARC, this book has sold in 24 countries and has been “optioned for a film”. According to the author page at Goodreads, this book was “pre-empted within 24 hours of submission for six figures” in the UK and “pre-empted for six figures" in the US. For the life of me, I can’t imagine why. At its best, this novel is mediocre chick lit. At its worst, this novel is so pedestrian that it’s hard not to entertain fantasies about it being ...more
Liz Fenwick
I’ve just finished the book with tears streaming down my face. It is a beautiful heartwarming hug of a book.
Donna Davis
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women looking for a feel-good story.
3.5 stars rounded up. My thanks go to Simon and Schuster and Net Galley for inviting me to read and review this charming debut. This book is for sale now.

Kate is a journalist, painfully shy, anxious, and lonely. Rosemary is an elderly widow. When the Lido—which I learned is an open air swimming pool—in Brixton is slated to close, Rosemary is up in arms. She isn’t usually an activist, but she has swum in this pool her entire life, and many of the most memorable events she has experienced took pl
Susan Johnson
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
What a sweet, lovely book that just makes you feel great after you are done with it. It evoked Fredrik Backman, author of A Man Called Ove, to me with that spirit of people with problems coming into their own and making a difference. It was uplifting.

Lido is a pool in Brixton, England, opened in the 1930's and now closing as an evil corporation that is buying the pool to build luxury apartments and plan to cement the pool over for a, gasp, tennis court. Rosemary, 87, has swum in the pool almos
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it

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This book is like a hug! Kate, is on the brink of a journalist career and feels more comfortable in her books than she does in real life. Rosemary aged 86, is upset to think the lido might be closing and wants to try everything she can to save it. Kate starts to write a story about it and their joint friendships and campaign begins in earnest.

The story, history, look and essence of the Lido reflects the lives and loves of the two women. They have highs and lows,
I found out about this novel because I loved the narrator of the first four Elly Griffiths novels featuring Ruth Galloway so much that I went looking for other performances.

Yes it was heartwarming, and yes, it features a 20-something and 80-something woman who form a friendship. I am a sucker for these books.

Kate is in her 20s and suffers from some type of panic disorder and possibly depression as well. The author does a great job imo of conveying the experience of this type of illness. Althoug
Jul 23, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this very much, and think the characters are well written. The story is a little bit predictable but I did like it. I could see it being made into a film extremely easily. The pace picked up after about a third, and I did like the sense of community that the book describes. I read that someone had described it as “charming” and I can totally see why. It’s a lovely, light read that isn’t too taxing but one that does tackle some important issues.
Jul 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Apart from reading and hiking, swimming has been one of my long-time passions, and I was immediately drawn to this book when I found out it centres on a local swimming pool that is put under threat by a large development company. Whilst the term “lido” is not widely used in Australia, the issue is a very topical one here as well. Many small communities are facing the loss of their recreation facilities, as money talks and most public pools don’t make enough income to cover running costs. Our tow ...more
~ Becs ~
Apr 10, 2018 marked it as coming-soon
Very much looking forward to the release of this. Publishers are talking about a new genre “up-lit” (kind of like comfort blanket books) and this one slots nicely in that category.

Novels that fit into this category are about compassion and kindness but it’s not a matter of sugar-coating the world rather than meeting the darker sides of life and yet still reaching out a hand of kindness even when you have nothing else to give.

In a world when everyone has become so insular and just scroll through
Oct 26, 2018 rated it liked it
“The Lido” is a sweet tale of two women joining forces and rallying the community to save a local swimming pool. This is an adorable, uplifting story of an unlikely friendship of a young girl who is struggling to fit in a suburb of London called Brixton. She works at a local paper and she has the assignment to write about the local swimming pool. She meets an elderly woman who has enjoyed the pool since the 1920’s. When a development company buys the land and pool to build an upscale apartment b ...more
Tasha Mahoney
The Lido by Libby Page is a heart-warming tale. Rosemary Peterson has watched a lot of her local area of Brixton in London change drastically over the years but one constant has been the local Lido where Rosemary loves to swim and socialise. Now, like many of the local, traditional shops and amenities, it is threatened with closure.
Kate is a new to the area, reporter tasked with reporting on the plight of the Lido and in doing so encounters Rosemary. As the two women talk Rosemary opens up to K
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: heart-warming
This is a very gentle, feel-good story. Nothing fancy and what happens in exactly what you think is going to happen. But I think what makes this a lovely cuddly read is the quality of the writing, which is beautifully clear and flows along. It's a story about loneliness and hopes and false starts and expectations. but above all it is a story about a community coming together to protect something that has a special importance for a lot of different reasons. We all know these people in the book an ...more
Philip Meeks
May 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
This is truly dreadful. How did it get published. As a story it has some charm and I wanted to read it as its set where I live. But the prose! Its childlike at best and utterly senseless at worst....

"The fish lie on beds of ice, turning it from white to pink throughout the day and reminding you that you should never eat pink snow either"


And how can you write a book set in Brixton and make it so white?

This is an embarrassment all round really.

Its only May but I now this'll be my WORST book
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Libby Page previously worked in marketing, moonlighting as a writer. She graduated from The London College of Fashion with a BA in Fashion Journalism before going on to work as a journalist at the Guardian. THE LIDO is her first novel. It was pre-empted within 24 hours of submission for six figures in the UK, pre-empted for six figures in the US, and will be published in 2018 by Orion UK and Simon ...more

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