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.
The Lido is an uplifting novel about the importance of friendship, the value of community, and how ordinary people can protect the things they love.
Am so happy to be on today’s Blog Tour of The Lido and it’s an actual tour today because I’m posting this from gorgeous Cettia this morning. It’s wonderful to be writing about the joys of outdoor swimming when you’re just out of the water yourself and thus fantastic read will definitely have you wishing that you were taking a dip too!
I absolutely loved The Lido. It’s a warm and uplifting read that will genuinely draw you into its community and name you feel part of Rosemary and Kate’s word as they join together to campaign for their beloved Lido.
Rosemary was a fantastic character that you can totally believe in. When the Brixton that she’s loved all her life starts changing in front of her very eyes, it’s an easy sentiment to connect with – I’m sure lots of you will have had that feeling when you see your favourite shop get turned into yet another trendy vintage barbershop or raw food café. The loss of her husband George us another thing that Rosemary is having to deal with and it’s easy to see why taking a stand about the potential loss of the Lido is so much more to Rosemary than a conservation issue – she’s trying to show that community and belonging somewhere is more important than making money and that if we don’t speak up for what’s important toys, then maybe we don’t deserve to keep the things we love.
Rosemary’s blossoming friendship with budding journalist Kate is one of the best things about The Lido. You really feel their relationship bloom – drawn together by a common goal and both believing passionately that community and belonging are worth defending. Kate knows that this story could be the ‘Big Scoop’ that she’s been longing for, and is determined to take this chance to show that her voice might just be able to make a difference.
Libby Page wrote this book from the heart, and it shows. It presents a picture of the places we come together in our communities – be those libraries, lidos or community centres and let’s face it – never have these placesc been more in need of defending! I’m so heartened to hear that this book has been optioned and will be headed for our screens in the future. I can’t wait to see who will be cast as Rosemary and Kate. I’m holding out for Judy Dench and a young unknown actress myself, but we will have to wait and see.
The Lido is a wonderful read, the friendship between these two women is a joy to read, despite them being 86 and 26 respectively and you’ll be totally rooting for them to succeed. I loved hearing about Rosemary’s memories of The Lido – where she’s been swimming for over 80 years – and it’s inspired me to visit one the next time I get the chance and explore the joy of outdoor swimming for myself.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Rebecca Gray for inviting me to participate in the Blog Tour – I certainly do #LoveTheLido and it’s been an honour to read it early and be part of its story – I’m totally certain that it’s going to be an amazing success. Dip in as soon as it’s published, you’ll love this unforgettable summer read!
Writer on the Shelf
Libby Page wrote The Lido while working in marketing and moonlighting as a writer. The Lido has sold in over twenty territories around the world and film rights have been sold to Catalyst Global Media.
After writing, Libby’s second passion is outdoor swimming. Libby lives in London where she enjoys finding new swimming spots and pockets of community within the city.
Libby can be found tweeting @libbypagewrites