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The Lido

Narrated by: Clare Corbett
Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (190 ratings)
Regular price: £19.99
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Summary

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

Rosemary has lived in Brixton all her life. But now everything she knows is changing - the library where she used to work has closed, the family fruit and veg shop has become a trendy bar, and her beloved husband, George, is gone. Kate has just moved and feels alone in a city that is too big for her. She's at the bottom rung of her career as a journalist on a local paper and is determined to make something of it. So when the local lido is threatened with closure, Kate knows this story could be her chance to shine. 

And Rosemary knows it is the end of everything for her. Together they are determined to make a stand, to show that the pool is more than just a place to swim - it is the heart of the community. Together they will show the importance of friendship, the value of community and how ordinary people can protect the things they love. 

©2018 Libby Page (P)2018 Orion Publishing Group

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So what!?

Sorry but I hate giving a bad review but I don’t want anyone else to waste their time.
I read reviews and loved the concept and being local to Brixton I know all the places she writes about.
Even with this I just didn’t engage and couldn’t wait for it to end.
Terrifically well narrated though.
Sorry Libby

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Simplistic...

Rather disappointing, the story line was ok but I found the style of writing very trite and simplistic with lots of repetition which irritated me.
I only finished it was it was a recommended read!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Memories of Brockwell

I hadn't revisited Brockwell Park and the Lido for more than 50 years. I have now been back to visit and have this book to keep the memories alive. My first ever 'Saturday' job was washing up for Mr Fry in the big house. I remember how he would split his time between there and the Lido

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lovely story of community and friendship

beautifully written, the writer makes Brixton sound wonderful. a lovely blend of where old meets new, where loneliness becomes a community, where love is ageless. if you like stories which are about human emotion and relationships this book is for you.

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  • J
  • 31-01-19

Charming story, dull characters

I chose the lido because I’ve recently started lap swimming again.
The story was charming and I enjoyed the storyline of friendship between Kate and rosemary, and the love story of rosemary and George.
The story isn’t that thrilling, which is fine in a book where the characters can carry the interest. Unfortunately they didn’t for me in this book. the characters were dull, especially Kate who didn’t have much personality. Also disliked the damsel in distress needing a knight in shining armour feel of the book in 2019!!
Good enough for before bed though.

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Feel good book

Really enjoyed this book, very well written and presented. Alone in a big city can be daunting and this book captures this and all that its characters go through.

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Easy read with a heart

Focused on prevalent themes in the current zeitgiest, like loneliness and mental health, but the story was endearing.

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Funny, Moving and Truly Captivating

This book hit me profoundly in a way I wasn’t expecting at all. Kate is such a well written character that you can truly relate to and all the characters have such depth that you feel they are really with you. The story itself is slow but gripping and beautiful, very descriptive in a way which makes it easy to visualise where you are. I laughed, definitely cried, hoped and cheered at this book, totally immersed in it. A simple premise becomes so much more and leaves you feeling warm and satisfied.

The voice performance is brilliant. The voices given to the characters match perfectly to me and the reading itself really made the experience special as it was so well done. I would recommend this book to anyone, if it’s your type of thing or if it’s not. It wasn’t my typical choice but now definitely has a place in my heart!

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Heartwarming tale

A life affirming story ,beautiful narrated.
The characters really came to life, and I thoroughly enjoyed the developing relationship between Kate and Rosemary that seemed to help and strengthen both of them .
So sad I have finished it .I feel bereft !
Excellent .

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Great story for lido lovers

Really loved this book as it tells the stories of local people who just love their lido and the lives of the people who try to save it.