THE LIDO, HAVRE DES PAS / SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER / 13.00 – 15.00 / £10
Join us at Jersey’s iconic Art Deco pier and sea lido at Havre des Pas for an afternoon of swimming-inspired books.
The Lido is Libby Page’s first novel. It was bought in six-figure pre-emptive deals within 24 hours of submission in the UK and the US, and will be published in 11 other territories around the world. It tells the story of a public bathing pool in London under threat from property developers and how such old-style outdoor lidos, like Jersey’s own at Havre des Pas, have the power to bring communities together.
Brockwell Lido is under threat of closure. Rosemary, 86, who has recently lost her husband has begun a campaign to save the place that holds so many memories for her. Kate, 26, is a reporter for a local newspaper. Rosemary recognises Kate’s loneliness and suggests that she take up swimming every day and Kate realises that, in the water, everyone is the same and that the lido offers a kind of freedom from her isolated life. Together, they join forces on the campaign to save it from closure.
‘The Lido is a joyous and uplifting debut – a testament to kindness and friendship and all those values society must hold dear.’ Sarah Winman
Libby graduated from The London College of Fashion with a BA in Fashion Journalism before going on to work at The Guardian and in marketing. She is now a full-time writer, as well as a passionate outdoor swimmer. She and her sister run a blog and Instagram account @theswimmingsisters, documenting their swims and the benefits of outdoor exercise for mental health. Libby has also been a leading campaigner for fairer internships and has spoken on radio, TV and in parliament in support of fair pay for interns. Libby began writing at an early age and when she was sixteen wrote an illustrated book, Love Pink, to raise money for Breast Cancer Care.
Libby lives in London, where she enjoys finding new swimming spots and pockets of community within the city.
This event will be chaired by acclaimed writer Cathy Rentzenbrink.
Event sponsored by Le Gallais Self Storage