My Policeman

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Penguin Random House, 2012 - Fiction - 342 pages
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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.

'The era and the seaside locale are beautifully rendered and observed, not least the social and sexual undercurrents of the times' Sunday Times

'A gripping read' Viv Groskop, Red

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

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User Review  - richardderus - LibraryThing

Real Rating: 3.75* of five, rounded up because reasons The Publisher Says: Now a motion picture starring Harry Styles and Emma Corrin, an exquisitely told, tragic tale of thwarted love. It is in 1950 ... Read full review

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User Review  - oldandnewbooksmell - LibraryThing

Set in 1950s Brighton, England and told between the different points of views of Marion and Patrick, two people who are in love with the same man, Tom. In this age, it is safer for Tom to marry Marion ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Bethan Roberts has published five novels and writes stories and drama for BBC Radio 4. Her books include The Good Plain Cook (Serpent's Tail, 2008), which was a Radio 4 Book at Bedtime; My Policeman (Chatto & Windus, 2012), the story of a 1950s policeman, his wife, and his male lover (soon to be a major Amazon Original movie starring Harry Styles and Emma Corrin); and Mother Island (Chatto, 2014), which received a Jerwood Fiction Uncovered prize. Her latest novel, Graceland, tells the story of Elvis Presley and his mother, Gladys. She also writes short fiction, for which she has won the Society of Authors' Olive Cook Prize and the RA Pin Drop Award. Bethan has taught Creative Writing at Chichester University and Goldsmiths College, London. She lives in Brighton with her family.

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