The Lido by Libby Page

The Lido

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 swam 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 ...

Details The Lido

TitleThe Lido
Release DateJul 10th, 2018
PublisherSimon & Schuster
GenreFiction, Contemporary

Reviews The Lido

  • 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 Rosem...
    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 durin...
  • Cheri
    4.5 Stars"When you're weary, feeling smallWhen tears are in your eyes, I'll dry them all (all)I'm on your side, oh, when times get roughAnd friends just can't be foundLike a bridge over troubled waterI will lay me downLike a bridge over troubled waterI will lay me down" -- Bridge Over Troubled Water, Simon & Garfunkel, Songwriters: Paul SimonAt eighty-six years old, Rosemary has lived in the Brixton neighborhood of London her whole life, a bustli...
  • Dorie - Traveling Sister :)
    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...
  • Bam
    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 h...
  • Umut Reviews
    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 s...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Find all of my reviews at: 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 a...
  • Cindy Burnett
    4.5 starsThis 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...
  • Karen
    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 de...
  • Heather
    3 1/2
  • 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 ...
  • 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 s...
  • Corina☞BookTwinsReviews
    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...
  • Fictionophile
    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 commu...
  • Rebecca
    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 wh...
  • Sue
    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 hal...
  • Milena Tasheva
    Преди минути завърших „Басейнът” от Либи Пейдж. Прочетох горе долу 1/3 от нея, когато излезе през май, но тогава нищо не ми се четеше. А е трябвало да я довърша... толкова много тъга и светлина има в тази книга, изумително е, че толкова млад автор може ...
  • Cflack
    Note: I won this book as part of a Goodreads GiveawayReading 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 ...
  • Susan Johnson
    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, tenni...
  • Thebooktrail
    Visit the locations in the novel 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 ...
  • Tasha and Megan 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 Rose...
  • Rona
    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 differen...
  • Donna Davis
    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 ...
  • SundayAtDusk
    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 pedest...
  • Sheri
    Brixton, south London....Retired librarian Rosemary, at eighty-six, has lived in the area all her life and is deeply connected to it. Kate, in her twenties, has only recently moved there to work as a journalist on the local paper. Kate is socially isolated and experiences panic attacks - life is currently a struggle for her.For Kate, the lido is initially just a story for her paper; but for Rosemary it is woven into the fabric of her life, and he...
  • Philip Meeks
    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" What?And how can you write a book set in Brixton and make it so white? This is an embarrassment all round real...
  • Tracy Shephard
    What a joy!!This book is a must read. if I could sing my review it would be an aria of love and happiness that would go on forever.Rosemary is the most amazing and inspiring character and I loved how she took Kate 'under her wing'.  Her story is one of love and devotion and I so hope that my life ha just a fraction of the love she and her husband George had. Kate's 'awakening' was a true pleasure, her anxiety and insecurity is something we all ...