The Lido

Narrated by: Clare Corbett
Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
4.0 out of 5 stars (7 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 Morris
  • 03-03-20

Beautiful

What a beautiful story this is. A story about an unlikely friendship between a young, anxious and lonely girl starting a new life in a city where she knows no one and an elderly woman who has lived in the same place all her life, but who has discovered that you still need new friends, however old you get. It is a story about community and what that means in a city that faces all the changes that modern life brings. It is a story about the things that are perceived as important versus the things that actually really matter. And it is a beautiful love story that spans half a century. I loved everything about this book. The gentle storytelling. The genuine heart of the characters and their honest and down-to-earth friendships. The vivid descriptions of a lively neighbourhood and the changes that it sees over the decades. The ordinary and yet extraordinary love story between two people who were always meant to be together and who were each other’s everything. It’s about friendship and love and neighbourliness and old age and grief and loneliness and family and how a community lido represents all of this. The book really moved me throughout. The characters really spoke to me, and made me care about them and the fate of the Lido. I was gently gripped by their individual plights, and what was affecting them as a community. It represented the very best of the way people can be, something we need more of in the current climate where everyone seems to be at loggerheads all the time. This is uplit at a time when we all need it. Loved it, every minute.

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  • S Mc
  • 01-21-20

lovely, a heart warmer.

narrator was very good, easy to listen too, great for listening to in the car.

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  • Ms. A. M. Kennedy
  • 01-17-20

Great evocation of community and water.

Loved the characters major and minor, the uplifting story and the reading. It's one if th9se Book a I mixed reading and listening. Goid for the long dark nights

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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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  • TheOtherBogwort
  • 05-31-18

Thought it would never end.

Mystified by all of the positive reviews of this book. I found it dull, tedious, and simplistic. A cast of one dimensional characters with zero personality left me utterly cold. Stereotypes galore! The writing is woeful - filled with lazy repetition and trite descriptions. And the ending! Vomit-inducing.

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  • William
  • 05-22-19

This review contains swear words.

I’m going to start by saying I don’t usually leave reviews, but I will for this book because I have seen it everywhere which gives you hope it’s of a higher calibre, like an Elenor Olephant but I’m sorry to say this is another book filled with endless cliches that has drained me. I cannot listen for longer than a few minutes without quite literally saying out loud ‘Oh fuck off’. Every character is so unoriginal. Some of the scenes just reads like a script for low budget daytime tv. I get it. It’s a simple feel good story. I quite like purchasing this type of book to listen to at work which takes less concentration but this one I could t quite finish. As I said I don’t like leaving reviews. I’m sure plenty of people will enjoy this story and I hope they do but if your hoping for something that stays with you or makes you want to tell your friends about, I’m afraid this isn’t it.

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