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  • Published: 2 February 2012
  • ISBN: 9781448130986
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352

My Policeman




An exquisitely told, tragic tale of thwarted love.

An exquisitely told tragic tale of thwarted love, My Policeman is soon to be adapted into film by Amazon Prime starring Harry Styles and Emma Corrin.

It is in 1950s' Brighton that Marion first catches sight of Tom. He teaches her to swim in the shadow of the pier and Marion is smitten - determined her love will be enough for them both.

A few years later in Brighton Museum Patrick meets Tom. Patrick is besotted with Tom and opens his eyes to a glamorous, sophisticated new world.

Tom is their policeman, and in this age it is safer for him to marry Marion. The two lovers must share him, until one of them breaks and three lives are destroyed.

'I loved it. Devoured it! A wonderful read. Tense, romantic, smart; a beautiful portrait of a seaside town poised at an exact moment in history, with people trapped by laws and mores' Russell T. Davies (on Istagram)

  • Published: 2 February 2012
  • ISBN: 9781448130986
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352

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

A gripping read

Viv Groskop, Red

A humane and evocative portrait of a time when lives were destroyed by intolerance

Guardian

A moving story of longing and frustration

Observer

'I loved it. Devoured it! A wonderful read. Tense, romantic, smart; a beautiful portrait of a seaside town poised at an exact moment in history, with people trapped by laws and mores'

Russell T. Davies (on Instagram)

Pitch perfect

Marie Claire

A heartbreaking examination of lives and love

Diva Magazine

A powerful story of sexual jealousy and longing, My Policeman is also a heartbreaking examination of lives and love that has gone to waste in an era in which homosexuality was a prosecutable offence

DIVA Magazine

An amazing read

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Captures the obsessive and destructive madness of sexual jealousy

Psychologies

Roberts deploys her research carefully, honing a novel with a strong period feel and a sprightly structure

Independent

Roberts gives us two strong, absorbing voices, whose competing claims on our sympathies...make My Policeman a satisfyingly taut and involving read

Times Literary Supplement

Roberts' sharp, evocative prose renders this simple story complex, enthralling and compelling

Anne Hill, Sussex Life

The era and the seaside locale are beautifully rendered and observed, not least the social and sexual undercurrents of the time

Elizabeth Buchan, Sunday Times

This spiky portrait of love makes for a gripping read

Independent, i

This spiky portrait of love makes for a gripping read

Emma Hagestadt, Independent Radar

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