My Policeman: A Novel

Category: Book
By (author): Roberts, Bethan
Subject:  FICTION / Gay
  FICTION / Historical
  FICTION / Literary
  QUEER & TRANS / Fiction
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Published: August 2021
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 8.25in x 5.50in x 0.75in
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From The Publisher*Soon to be a motion picture starring Harry Styles and Emma Corrin, an exquisitely told, tragic tale of thwarted love.

It is in 1950's Brighton that Marion first catches sight of Tom. He teaches her to swim, gently guiding her through the water in the shadow of the city's famous pier and Marion is smitten-determined her love alone will be enough for them both. A few years later near the Brighton Museum, Patrick meets Tom. Patrick is besotted, and opens Tom's eyes to a glamorous, sophisticated new world of art, travel, and beauty. Tom is their policeman, and in this age it is safer for him to marry Marion and meet Patrick in secret. The two lovers must share him, until one of them breaks and three lives are destroyed.
 
In this evocative portrait of midcentury England, Bethan Roberts reimagines the real life relationship the novelist E. M. Forster had with a policeman, Bob Buckingham, and his wife. My Policeman is a deeply heartfelt story of love's passionate endurance, and the devastation wrought by a repressive society.
Review Quote*Praise for My Policeman:
 
An Irish Times Book of the Year

"A humane and evocative portrait of a time when lives were destroyed by intolerance."  -The Guardian
 
"A moving story of longing and frustration."  -Observer
 
"Bethan Roberts is a fearless writer."-Louise Welsh, author of The Cutting Room, on The Good Plain Cook 
Biographical NoteBethan Roberts was born in Abingdon. Her first novel The Pools was published in 2007 and 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. My Policeman was the 2012 Brighton City Read and an Irish Times Book of the Year. She also writes drama for BBC Radio 4. Bethan has worked in television, and has taught Creative Writing at Chichester University and Goldsmiths College, London. She lives in Brighton with her family. Her latest novel, Mother Island won a Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize 2015.