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.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - nicx27 - LibraryThing
The policeman in the title is Tom Burgess. In the 1950s it was very difficult to be homosexual so he takes a wife, Marion, to conform, but he's really in love with Patrick, an older man who works in a ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - TheWasp - LibraryThing
Marion,when visiting her school friend Sylvie, meets Sylvie's brother Tom and immediately develops a crush on him. Tom is handsome and athletic, but not really interested in a relationship. Marion is ... Read full review