A landmark or a relic is a name for famous buildings, or where important historical events took place, like the Houses of Parliament, the Tower of London or Kensington Palace. It’s not a name that would be given to something as unassuming as a local lido. Libby Page’s bestselling debut novel, makes a case for places like the lido.
This novel is about a blossoming friendship between Kate, a young local news journalist writing a piece on the Lido and Rosemary, an elderly woman who is a lifetime user of the lido, and their fight to stop the impending closure of the building. The book is told in their alternating points of view, which makes for an enjoyable read; as we learn more about Rosemary’s past, her love story and why she has such a connection to the lido, we are also privy to Kate’s growth as a character, as she wrestles with her insecurities and loneliness.
Brixton is as much of a character as Rosemary and Kate. Libby Page’s writing evokes the smells, sounds and people of Brixton Station Road, from the butchers to the bookshops to the pastors praying on the street. It’s a gorgeous, relatable and moving story with a charming cast of characters. I loved it!
Candy, Digital Marketing Officer at Mind