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  • Published: 1 August 2012
  • ISBN: 9780099555254
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $24.00

My Policeman




An exquisitely told, tragic tale of thwarted love

From the moment Marion first lays eyes on Tom – her best friend’s big brother, broad, blond, blue-eyed – she is smitten.And when he comes home from National Service to be a policeman, Marion, a newly qualified teacher, is determined to win him.Unable to acknowledge the signs that something is amiss, she plunges into marriage, sure that her love is enough for both of them.But Tom has another life, another equally overpowering claim on his affections.Patrick, a curator at the Brighton Museum, is also besotted with his policeman, and opens Tom’s eyes to a world previously unknown to him.But in an age when those of ‘minority status’ were condemned by society and the law, it is safer for this policeman to marry his teacher.The two [lovers?] must share him, until one of them breaks and three lives are destroyed.Unfolding through the dual narratives of Marion and Patrick, both writing about the man at the centre of their lives, this beautifully-told, painful, tragic story is revealed.It is a tale of wasted years, misguided love and thwarted hope, of how at a time when the country was on the verge of change so much was still impossible.Bethan Roberts has produced an intense and exquisitely raw yet tender novel, which proves her to be one of our most exciting young writers.

  • Published: 1 August 2012
  • ISBN: 9780099555254
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $24.00

About the author

Bethan Roberts

Bethan Roberts was born in Oxford and grew up in nearby Abingdon. Her first novel The Pools won a Jerwood/Arvon Young Writers' Award. Her second novel The Good Plain Cook, published in 2008, was serialized on BBC Radio 4's Book at Bedtime and was chosen as one of Time Out's books of the year. Her third novel, My Policeman, was picked as the 'City Reads' book for Brighton. Her most recent novel is Mother Island, winner of a Jerwood/Fiction Uncovered Prize 2015. Bethan lives in Brighton with her family.

www.bethanrobertswriter.com

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Praise for My Policeman

A powerful and poignant novel of wasted lives

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