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The Lido

Narrated by: Clare Corbett
Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
4 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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Publisher's 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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  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-06-18

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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  • 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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  • Julie Domaille
  • 04-13-19

Lovely feelgood

The little people band together to make a difference. People come in many shapes and sizes

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  • PMLLucie
  • 04-07-19

Where was the editor?

This was a disappointment. Though the plot was thin, it did try to take the reader deep inside a community battling against austerity and corporate power. The cast of characters, transformed by the passion of octogenarian Rosemary and the recruitment of a young woman journalist blighted by panic and low self esteem, included just about everybody who needed transforming. That it didn’t work as well as it could have is down to the lack of firm editing. It rambles on, repeating memories and flashbacks, describing scenes in language that’s sometimes unbearably trite. I found that I could skip many of its 66 chapters and drop back in to a scene of deja vu. Reading it might be better than listening. The ‘voices’, especially the male parts grated.

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  • AW
  • 03-31-19

Uplifting

Really enjoyed this story, I lived where in was set so that added an extra sense to the story. Clare Corbett narrated it brilliantly

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  • ArtYard
  • 03-10-19

Starts well, turns into drivel

Well read, but really badly written, and very predictable story, really struggled to finish it.

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  • Laura
  • 03-07-19

Childish writing

So one dimensional. Felt like someone had strung lots of individual sentences together so there was no flow or depth. They were also so self-explanatory it was frustrating. Finished it so I could review it.

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  • purplecar 32
  • 02-24-19

The Lido

Such a heartwarming book, of friendship and what makes a community. I am so sad to have finished it and have recommended it to my fellow readers.