Short review on The Lido

Rosemary has lived in Brixton all her life, and the local lido has been a part of her memories from childhood all the way through to present days, in her eighties. When the council announces that a property firm intends to buy the lido and convert it into tennis courts and a private gym, Rosemary is devastated, but what can she do?

No need for us readers to panic, because Kate is on the case. Kate words at the Brixton chronicle and has been sent to do a piece on the lido. Kate is used to covering short pieces in the newspaper but when she arrives at the lido and meets Rosemary; she realises she wants to fight hard for the lido and cover the entire story.

I got so much joy from following Kate and Rosemary’s bond growing stronger and stronger; it was so heart warming to see the impactful positive changes on the characters that resulted from each other. Particularly the improvement on Kate’s mental health. Kate suffers from anxiety which leads her to have panic attacks. She’s never told anyone about them, which left her suffering in the dark for a long time. But there’s something about being with Rosemary which makes Kate open up, and after that, everything seems more manageable.

I can’t tell you enough how much I enjoyed this book. Feel good vibes radiate from the pages! It’s on par with Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and Cannon’s two successes, the most recent being Three Things about Elsie. You can’t not finish this book and feel completely energised to go out and do something different in your life.

Community spirit at its best!

Until next time, Chloé x

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