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The Lido

The Lido by Libby Page

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By Libby Page

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An uplifting novel about the importance of friendship, the value of community, and how ordinary people can protect the things they love.

‘The book’s themes of community, protest and activism are urgent ones in Brexit Britain.’ – The Guardian

Meet Rosemary, 86, and Kate, 26: dreamers, campaigners, outdoor swimmers…

Rosemary has lived in Brixton all her life, but everything she knows is changing. Only the local lido, where she swims every day, remains a constant reminder of the past and her beloved husband George. Kate has just moved and feels adrift in a city that is too big for her. She’s on the bottom rung of her career as a local journalist, and is determined to make something of it.

So when the lido is threatened with closure, Kate knows this story could be her chance to shine. But for Rosemary, it could be the end of everything. Together they are determined to make a stand, and to prove that the pool is more than just a place to swim – it is the heart of the community.

Included in the Guardian’s round-up of the best new faces of fiction in 2018, The Lido is an unashamedly feel-good read. Inspired by the south London where the author spent her student years and a passion for outdoor swimming, it’s a powerful book about loneliness, belonging and the importance of community in an increasingly disconnected world.

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