Libby Page 

Writing Coach

Up Lit
Women’s Fiction


The Bestselling Author

A Sunday Times Bestseller

Libby Page is the author of four novels, each containing themes of love, friendship and community. Her debut The Lido saw her named a Guardian New Face of Fiction when it was published by Orion in 2018. The novel became a Sunday Times bestseller within its first week of publication and has been published in more than 23 territories around the world. Described by the Observer as ‘a joyful celebration of community and friendship’ and the Sunday Express as ‘a timeless tale of friendship, love and chilly swims’, The Lido was one of the leading books associated with the term Up Lit when it was coined the year of its publication.

In 2020 Libby’s second novel The 24-Hour Café was released, focusing on the characters found in an all-night diner and named ‘feelgood fiction at its finest’ by the Daily Mirror


2021 saw the publication of The Island Home, an escapist, romantic story set on a remote Scottish island which was chosen by Red as one of its top books of the year.

Libby’s latest book The Vintage Shop of Second Chances is set in Somerset, where she now lives.

In the past Libby has worked in marketing and as a journalist for the Guardian. Libby is currently working on her fifth novel, to be published by Orion in 2024, and she juggles her writing alongside looking after her young son.

If you’re writing romance, women’s fiction or Up Lit you’ll find Libby a positive and nurturing tutor who understands the challenges of fitting writing into a busy schedule.

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Writing a novel is as much organisational as it is creative. I’m a big believer in setting small, achievable goals and scheduling writing time like you would a doctor’s appointment. Prioritising your writing is what gets novels written.

—Libby Page

The Lido (🇺🇸 Mornings With Rosemary)

Meet Rosemary, 86, and Kate, 26: dreamers, campaigners, outdoor swimmers...

Rosemary has lived in Brixton all her life, but everything she knows is changing. Only the local lido, where she swims every day, remains a constant reminder of the past and her beloved husband George.

Kate has just moved and feels adrift in a city that is too big for her. She’s on the bottom rung of her career as a local journalist, and is determined to make something of it.

So when the lido is threatened with closure, Kate knows this story could be her chance to shine. But for Rosemary, it could be the end of everything. Together they are determined to make a stand, and to prove that the pool is more than just a place to swim – it is the heart of the community.


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The Island Home

Lornas world is small but safe.

She loves her daughter and the two of them are all that matter. But after nearly twenty years, she and Ella are suddenly leaving London for the Isle of Kip, the tiny remote Scottish island where Lorna grew up.

Alices world is tiny but full.

She loves the community on Kip and how her yoga classes draw women across the tiny island together. Now Lornas arrival might help their family finally mend itself – even if forgiveness means returning to the past...

And as the two women find friendship, Lorna also starts to find her place in the world.

Can coming home mean starting again?


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The 24-Hour Café

Welcome to the café that never sleeps.

Day and night, Stellas Café opens its doors to the lonely and the lost, the morning people and the night owls. Its a place where everyone is always welcome, where life can wait at the door.

Meet Hannah and Mona: best friends, waitresses, dreamers. They love working at Stellas – the different people they meet, the small kindnesses exchanged. But is it time to step outside and make their own way in life?

Come inside and spend twenty-four hours at Stellas Café, where one day might just be enough to change your life...


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The Vintage Shop of Second Chances 

Among the cobbled streets of the Somerset town of Frome, Lou is embarking on the start of something new. After the death of her beloved mother, she takes a deep breath into the unknown and is opening her own vintage clothes shop.

In upstate New York, Donna has just found out some news about her family which has called into question her whole upbringing. The only clue she has to unlock her past is a picture of a yellow dress, and the fact it is currently on display in a shop in England.

For Maggy, she is facing life as a 70-something divorcee and while she got the house, shes not sure what to fill it with now her family have moved out. The new vintage shop in town sparks memories of her past and reignites a passion shes been missing...

Together, can these three women find the answers they are searching for and unlock a second chance at a new life?


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‘Moving and beautifully crafted ... about love, friendship and life.’

—Mike Gayle


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