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3.77  ·  Rating details ·  1,625 ratings  ·  289 reviews
Welcome to the café that never sleeps. Day and night Stella’s Café opens its doors for the lonely and the lost, the morning people and the night owls. It is many things to many people but most of all it is a place where life can wait at the door. A place of small kindnesses. A place where anyone can be whoever they want, where everyone is always welcome.

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ebook, 416 pages
Published January 23rd 2020 by Orion
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Dec 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.

I really enjoyed The Lido and so looked forward to reading this one. Although I enjoyed aspects of it there are sections that I don’t feel work as well as others. Hannah and Mona are friends. Hannah is a wannabe singer and Mona is a dancer and as both of them struggle to find jobs they both work long hours in the 24 hour cafe. Here their lives briefly touch on their customers, many of who put on a ‘jolly good show’ hiding their problems as many people do and using the cafe as a haven.
Best friends Hannah and Mona both work at Stella’s Café the café that never shuts. Many of the customers that pop into Stella’s are regulars and then there are a few that are simply just passing by. After a while you start to know the faces of the regulars and in time you get to know a little bit about them.

This story is mainly told from Hannah’s point of view and some of the customers she gets to know. This is where the story gets very interesting and you just want to keep turning the pages to
Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
Welcome to Libby Page’s ‘“The 24-Hour Cafe”, where night and day, communities come together and lives are changed.....
Having not read the author’s previous book “The Lido” but hearing good things about it, I knew this book would be just as entertaining. Straight from the start I was invested in Stella’s Cafe and Hannah and Mona the main waitresses there. I liked how the chapters were written, with ongoing customers coming in and their own individual stories told, then switching to either Hannah
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it

‘The Lido’ ( previous book ) was fab and so my expectations of this book were high, maybe unfairly so..

Firstly have to say I love the authors fascination with people and also London and how she mixes these 2 things up and writes books on them, clever and living here her observations are spot on

The book is all about the ‘24-Hour Cafe’ but surprising to me it focused more on the staff than the customers and the staff’s previous lives ( went back and forth, past and present with staff and customers
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hannah and Mona are best friends, living and working together; both part time waitresses in Stella’s Café, a 24 hour café opposite London’s Liverpool Street station. An area I know well as I commuted in and out of that station for over 15 years. Stella’s café is well described with its eclectic style of decoration and I got a real sense of place for both the cafe and the location. Both women have ambitions of a different life – Hannah wants to be a professional singer, whilst Mona dreams of a li ...more
Emma Shaw
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever had that feeling where you just want to climb inside a book and live there? That's how I felt about The 24-Hour Café, a delightful, heartwarming story that warmed my insides like hot chocolate on a cold day.

The story takes place over twenty-four hours at Stella’s, a London café that has a style all of its own, sharing glimpses of the lives of two of its waitresses, best friends Hannah and Mona, and some of its customers. Over the course of the day we get to know these people, see
Feb 07, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was hoping to love this book as much as I did The Lido, but sadly I didn’t. It’s a nice easy read following friends Hannah and Mona over a 24 hour period in the cafe that they work and having a glimpse into the lives of some of their customers. I felt it took some time for the story to build and once it did, it just petered out afterwards.
Dash fan
4☆ A Heart Warming and Uplifting Must Read!

I really enjoyed reading The 24-Hour Café
It's a slower paced read but flowed along perfectly. Definitely a book you can get lost in for several hours.

The 24-Hour Café is about Stella's based in London, the café that serves fish and chips, bangers and mash and American pancakes to Londoners and visitors at any time of day or night.

It's about two waitresses Mona and Hannah who work, live together and are best of friends. Working at the Café whilst still c
Dec 01, 2019 rated it liked it
I would rate this one a 3.5. It didn’t quite live up to The Lido in my opinion but I still thoroughly enjoyed it and thought that it was a lovely, thought provoking and relatable story. Libby’s writing style is quirky and evocative and she has a real talent for making her characters likeable and really telling their story. I loved the setting of the story and the concept of not knowing what someone is going through or what their background story is. I did find the main character quite selfish an ...more
The bestselling author of The Lido has written a new novel, The 24-Hour Cafe. Even though I have yet to read Libby Page's début, The Lido, I was still expecting great things from this book and I was not disappointed.

Stella’s, a London café, has a style all of its own and is the place to go for customers wanting a coffee, a pancake or a bite to eat, shelter from the weather, or for some comfort. In this novel the author provides the reader with glimpses into the lives of some of the customers
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
A beautiful book which provided me shelter in its pages for a few hours just like the Café allowed weary travelers of life to rest in its warm interiors.

This was about Stella's Café which was run day to day by the waitresses Hannah and Mona, who not only provided warm food but also an ear to listen to the problems of their customers.

My first book by author Libby Page, she has beautifully depicted the emotions which were true to all of us. Loneliness and past dreams, forgotten lives and second
Monica Mac
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored this book!

Hannah and Mona are waitresses at Stella's, a 24-hour a day cafe in London. During their shifts, they see all sorts of people coming in and out, and this book does give a short snapshot of a few of the customers they get in. Everyone has a story, and some of them get told in here.

However, the book is about female friendship, and how important that actually is to women. A strong female friendship is something to treasure and never take for granted, and it is the some
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would very much like to thank Orion Books for sending me a finished copy of The 24-Hour Cafe. I am so so honoured; all the views and opinions discussed here are my own.

Wow. Wow. Wow. I literally have no words about how amazing this book is. It is so different to The Lido and yet Libby's powerful and evocative writing really shines through just as much in this story as it did with The Lido. There is not one thing that I didn't enjoy about this book; I smiled, I laughed, and I sobbed until I ha
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
I think I might pin my colours to the mast at outset on this one, particularly having noticed a few early reviews that surprised me by being a little lukewarm – I thought this book was quite wonderful. As you might guess from the title, the book is set over a 24-hour period, in a cafe – a double shift for two of the waitresses, first Hannah a waitress/singer, then Mona a waitress/dancer, close friends at a critical point in their relationship. The long shifts offer plenty of time for reflection ...more
Jodie (whatjodiereads)
Although I didn’t love this book, I can definitely understand why other people do. I think the main reason why I didn’t enjoy this book is because it’s not a genre I normally read and like. There’s nothing that I really didn’t like about this book, it’s just not the right book for me. I found it a bit slow going and struggled to find the motivation to keep reading. It took me surprisingly long to finish it. However, I fell in love with the characters and with the 24-hour cafe. I really like Libb ...more
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was thrilled to be offered to chance to read and review this book as I loved The Lido by Libby.
Again Libby has mastered the art of watching people and writing it down so well that you can so easily visualise the scene. It was as though I was in the cafe with them.
There were several points of the story that were heartening and also a few that brought a lump to my throat.

All in all a good read that you could dip in and out of, one I would recommend.
Apr 10, 2020 rated it liked it
I really liked the structure of the narrative. Seeing perspective from different characters, and how life changes, depending on who is looking at it. And this was really my favourite thing about this novel. I also liked the evolution of the friendship between Hannah and Mona. But I felt the pacing could have been better. At one point, it got repetitive and I just wanted to skim through the pages. The ending, however, brought me back.. made it worth it.
Laura Geater
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Loved it... Fast becoming a favourite author! A few little mis-edits noticed and a bit too much repetition on some plot lines but overall a very absorbing story, ready for the next one please
Joanna Park
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The 24 Hour Café is an emotional, absorbing read which was very addictive and I often found myself trying to fit in a few more pages whenever I could.

Firstly I loved the fly on the wall view that I had of life in the café which made me feel that I was there watching everything unfold. It felt almost like people watching at times, which I always enjoy and I liked seeing all the different people who visit the café.

The story is told mainly from Hannah’s point of view but sometimes other important c
Oh this book made me cry! I don’t cry very often when I read, it’s got to be a book that really touches my heart and not just because it’s got a sad storyline.

This book really crept up on me, gently pulling at my heart as I flipped the pages on my tablet. I so enjoyed reading about Hannah and Mona and the customers at Stella’s 24 Hour Café. I loved all their stories, sometimes cringing, sometimes laughing, sometimes holding my breath as to what was going to happen next in their lives.

I loved the
Lydia Bailey
Feb 28, 2020 rated it liked it
The Lido was one of my favourite reads in 2018 so I was excited to buy the new one by Libby Page. Sadly it was disappointing but probably in part due to having too high expectations. The story is a good one but the writing seems disjointed & without the same depth of feeling for her characters that she portrayed in the Lido. Also there were too many ‘information dumps’ - pages and pages of background info on Hannah & Mona which did nothing to drive the momentum forward. It does improve as the bo ...more
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*I voluntarily reviewed this book from Netgalley.

Absorbing, moving, and relatable on so many levels, THE 24-HOUR CAFÉ by Libby Page is a fantastic book to read this January.

The setting is a 24-hour café called Stella's in London and the characters are those that work there and those that frequent it at all hours of the day. Hannah and Mona are best friends, one a musician and the other a dancer, who works in the café to pay the bills while they reach for their big break. Only their big break doe
Carly Findlay
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Lido, Libby Page’s first book, was one of my favourite reads of late 2019-early 2020.

Once again, in The 24 Hour Cafe, she wrote about the power of friendship and different generations.

It’s about Hannah and Mona - best best friends who work in Stella’s, a busy 24 hour cafe near Liverpool Street Station in London. They interact with many different characters throughout the day, and both work this job to support their emerging artistic careers.

Libby writes characters and dialogue really well.
Melanie’s reads
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
For anyone that likes people watching this book is an homage to that glorious pastime. Set over 24 hours in a cafe we meet Hanna and Mona, best friends and part time waitresses while chasing their dreams and ambitions and the many customers that pass through the door.

The setting itself is almost like another character and you can tell the author holds London dear to her heart. But it was the customer Dan’s chapters that held me the most and I almost wished this book was just about him. A homeles
Feb 09, 2020 added it
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~Her judgement was clouded by well-worn cliches and inspirational phrases that she lived off as though they were food. It would all work out. Hard work would pay off If she wanted it enough...~

~When I'm dancing I feel as though I'm doing what my body is meant to do. I'm more myself than I am at any other time. I sometimes feel like someone should watch me dance if they want to really get to know me.~

~Each year that passes, Hannah wonders if i
Dec 24, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a hard one for me. To be honest, I'm swaying about the three stars.
It's meant to be 24 hours in the cafe and gives insight into various people's lives, the main ones being Mona and Hannah.
I just felt it didn't go anywhere, I couldn't get into the characters.
I hate to leave books unfinished so I went back and finished it but yeh, wouldn't recommend.
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I originally rated this as 3 stars but after thinking about it I’ve come back to increase it to 4. Although the story wasn’t as absorbing as The Lido I did enjoy Libby’s writing. I could really picture the scene in the café, I could hear the music playing in the background and smell the coffee. It’s a lovely story of friendship but I wasn’t as emotionally invested in the outcome as I expected to be.

Apr 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am one of those people who absolutely loves people watching. Whenever I go out whether it be to a restaurant, a bar or just on public transport. I always want a window seat so I can observe everything going on. I think this is why I really enjoyed this book so much as it is basically observing people in a cafe and learning about whats happening currently in their lives.

The story is written during a 24 hour period in a cafe called Stella’s. The two main characters are the waitresses Hannah and
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary

This was so amazing!

Have you ever wondered what other people's lives are like?

This book is about Hannah and Mona. The novel is set entirely in the 24 Hour cafe, the first half is set in Hannah's 12 hour shift at the cafe and the second half is Mona's 12 hour shift at the cafe. We also get perspectives of many of the customers at the cafe which gives us a glimpse into their lives.

This was so well written and I could read about all these characters and stories forever. I loved all the differe
Feb 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
A cute, easy and uplifting story that shows the importance of female friendship, something we need more of!! I was really in the mood for something like this so I had a great time!

Also, it made me so nostalgic for people-watching in cafés :( Not in a creepy way, it's just nice to see strangers and wonder about their lives while they stop for a coffee. The small joys 💗
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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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