|The Lido: Libby Page|
You'd be forgiven for thinking you were getting a case of déjà vu here with this book, as I did already review it when I finished reading it the other day. Because I loved it and I couldn't wait. You can read that review here if you should so desire... #lovethelido.
Nonetheless, I volunteered when the publishers were asking for people to take part in the blog tour for The Lido as I this is a book I've not stopped talking about for the past few weeks. I love a good underdog story and this one brings the whole community together in their attempt to save something which has been so important in so many people's lives.
Excitingly, it comes out on 19th April and if you haven't pre-ordered it, I'd definitely recommend it!
Rosemary, our leading lady, is 86 and has lived in Brixton all for all of her life, and the lido has played a huge part in her life. When so many other things are changing, she takes comfort in a place she spent so much time with her beloved husband.
When council plans for redevelopment threaten to close the lido she swims at daily, Rosemary won't let her age stop her from playing a huge part in rallying the community together and the determination and tenacity which she shows is something to be admired. She fights for what she believes in and makes the reader long to Be More Rosemary.
Which got me thinking about strong role models in my life. Age shouldn't stand in the way of standing up for what you believe in and in many ways I see a lot of my own grandmother in Rosemary's character and actions. Kind and caring, whilst looking as though she wouldn't say boo to a goose, she never fails to amaze me with the way she'll stand up for the things she believes in.
Have you read any books where the characters make you think of people you know? I find it happens to me quite often.