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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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  • 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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  • Zoe Beard
  • 07-12-19

Easy listening

A lovely, heart warming story which made me laugh and cry. Easy to listen to.

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  • Sue
  • 07-04-19

recommend its a real page turner

I was hooked from the first page infact I cant find another book that can do this since this book

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  • Cazbean
  • 06-18-19

Throughly enjoyable listen

I really enjoyed this book. The storyline and characters are heartwarming. Claire Corbett is excellent as always.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-26-19

We all need a Lido

Loved this from start to big splash finish. Credible characters sympathetically portrayed by the narrator.

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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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  • Julie Domaille
  • 04-13-19

Lovely feelgood

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