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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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  • ROBIN
  • 05-18-18

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

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  • Mama C
  • 04-29-18

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!

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  • sliceandserve
  • 09-20-18

Fine for a wet weekend...

It was fine. Honestly. A whimsical little wander. Nothing much happening and the subtle but unsophisticated commentary seemed a little been-done-before. The relationships felt rushed into intimacy at beginning, and timelines a little off because of this. Real life wld make you question a number of the situations we find the characters in. But nice balance between present and flashback / memory narrative. It seems a very popular novel, and I understand why. But not enough lyrical prose or punch-in-the-face realism or landscape as a character or actual personality in anyone, for me; I require a little more depth.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-25-18

Super touching would recommend.

What a lovely book and gently narrated.
Heart warming and definitely one for lovers of ordinary lives, loves, and relationships. I was reaching for my tissue box in parts and giggling through others. I would recommend the book as a holiday read or for those cosy nights when you need a relaxing read. And there’s nought wrong in that. It rewards you and renews your faith in people and kindness. Definitely got me looking to support my local lido more! Use it or lose it!

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  • Denise Nathan
  • 08-12-18

Delightfully positive book about life determination and love

This a contemporary book which deals with mental health, loneliness and old age. It shows how we need communities and how by working together people can do great things.
Suitable for any age, it’s a sympathetic take on city life.
A gentle uplifting tale.

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  • Suzanne
  • 07-20-18

Fantastic

Absolutely loved this book, felt like I was swimming there too! Such a great story and brilliant descriptions

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  • Julie bell
  • 07-08-18

heartwarming

absolutely loved this book. Wonderful narration and a truly immersive experience. I would read this again as I know I missed things the first time that will enhance it further.

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  • Kez
  • 07-02-18

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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  • Jade
  • 06-15-18

Really heart warming.

Lovely story about how hope and love can really transform things. Never give up on what you love or believe in ...

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  • kateminescooke
  • 06-12-18

Nice story - unnecessary ending

enjoyed the story and getting to know the characters. It should have finished 3 chapters before it did.