A charming, heartwarming novel about the importance of community and multi-generational connections.
Kate is suffering with mental health issues, and is isolated from her family in a big bustling city, trying to make her mark as a journalist. When she is given a seemingly uneventful story to pursue, about a local lido that is closing, she is surprised to discover a bigger picture, one that will change her life for the better. What she finds is a vibrant community, everyone working and living together like family, and the lido at its heart. Now, the fight is on, to save the lido, and all it means. — Becky Doherty
July 2018 Indie Next List
“What a fun read! Libby Page does a great job telling the story of a small London town pool and the people who make it an important part of their lives. The friendship between Kate and Rosemary, despite their age difference, is so well-developed and plays an integral role in the story. The Lidois a book that every summer reader will enjoy and one that will be great to talk about at book clubs. Very well done, Libby Page!”
— Anna Flynn, Watermark Books & Cafe, Wichita, KS
“In many ways, this meditation on community and swimming follows in the footsteps of the enormously popular A Man Called Ove… Both are charming and heartwarming.”—Kirkus Reviews
WE'RE NEVER TOO OLD TO MAKE NEW FRIENDS—OR TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Rosemary Peterson has lived in Brixton, London, all her life but everything is changing.
The library where she used to work has closed. The family grocery store has become a trendy bar. And now the lido, an outdoor pool where she's swum daily since its opening, is threatened with closure by a local housing developer. It was at the lido that Rosemary escaped the devastation of World War II; here she fell in love with her husband, George; here she found community during her marriage and since George’s death.
Twentysomething Kate Matthews has moved to Brixton and feels desperately alone. A once promising writer, she now covers forgettable stories for her local paper. That is, until she’s assigned to write about the lido’s closing. Soon Kate’s portrait of the pool focuses on a singular woman: Rosemary. And as Rosemary slowly opens up to Kate, both women are nourished and transformed in ways they never thought possible.
In the tradition of Fredrik Backman’s A Man Called Ove, The Lido is a charming, feel-good novel that captures the heart and spirit of a community across generations—an irresistible tale of love, loss, aging, and friendship.
PRAISE FOR THE LIDO by LIBBY PAGE
“Populated with endearing, multidimensional characters covering a wide span of ages and backgrounds, Page’s debut novel makes it easy for readers to imagine themselves in the mix…Page’s underdog tale can also inspire timely discussions about how to build diverse, place-based communities. A smart suggestion for book clubs and readers who enjoy substance with style.”—Booklist
“A delicious debut about the endearing friendship between two women who join forces to save the town pool. Refreshing, funny and heartwarming, The Lido is must read.”—Laura Dave, national bestselling author of Eight Hundred Grapes and Hello, Sunshine
“A joyous and uplifting debut—a testament to kindness and friendship."—Sarah Winman, author of When God Was a Rabbit and Tin Man
“The next Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.”—The Independent (UK)
“This debut is set to be one of the biggest of the year.”—Grazia (UK)
“Brimming with charm and compassion.”—Daily Express (UK)
“A lavish depiction of an unlikely friendship, a London community and life-long love, all charmingly told in rich, yet gentle prose.”—Catherine Isaac, UK bestselling author of You, Me, Everything
“Feelgood and uplifting, this charming novel is full of heart.”—Lucy Diamond, UK bestselling author of The Beach Café
“Did I #lovethelido? So much my heart broke a little turning the last page. A stunning debut.”—Clare Mackintosh, UK bestselling author of I See You