Now and again, I am lucky enough to be sent a book to review for http://www.lovereading.co.uk as one of their Love Reading Ambassadors. I LOVE reading so this little side line makes my heart properly sing. This latest book has been a real treat so I thought I would share my review here. Please check out the Love Reading website whenever you need recommendations for a new book or a new author. Their ‘Like for Like’ service is just brilliant, a real human will recommend you an author based on other authors you have liked, no algorithms in sight!
There is still a lump in my throat as I write this, I have just finished the final page of The Lido, by Libby Page. Reading it has been as comforting as a blanket on a chilly day and as refreshing as a cold drink at the height of summer. It tells the story of Kate and Rosemary and their plight to save a Lido under threat of closure.
Rosemary and Kate are unlikely friends and not at all the usual stereotypical ‘sexy’ heroines of a story. But it works, by god does it work. This is a story of friendship, loss, anxiety, hope and community, about standing up for what you believe in, in a world too often concerned with the easiest or most lucrative way out.
Libby Page is a beautiful writer who has managed to craft a story that is both poetic and immediately relatable. Set in Brixton, the setting and characters are beautifully observed and burst from the page into life. A triumph of a debut novel, I can’t wait to read more from this author. Highly recommend – especially as a Summer Holiday read – should we ever see the Summer that is!