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My Policeman

By Bethan Roberts
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Publisher Description

Now a motion picture starring Harry Styles, Emma Corrin, and David Dawson, an exquisitely told, tragic tale of thwarted love.

“Stunning…fraught and honest.” —New York Times Book Review

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.

342 Reviews

Loudly Crying Face“my favorite book of all time. I can’t express how chaotic the night that I read this book was. this destroyed me in ways I couldn’t begin to explain. I think reading the book before the movie was definitely better, as it allowed me to get a deeper insight to the characters thoughts and personality. I instantly fell in love with Patrick and Tom and their characters, they were so beautifully written. I think if there was a book that went above and beyond a 5 star rating, this book would be it.”
Original charactersBeautifully writtenPoeticHeartbreakingTragicVividComing of ageHeartbreakingMade me cryMemorable
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“This book was an emotional whirlwind. It was really good, ended in a happy way that like makes you sad. I’m crying over this one. Im team Tom and Patrick 🥹”
Characters change and growLikable charactersBeautifully writtenHeartbreakingLightheartedMade me cry
Loudly Crying Face“I physically hugged this book once I finished it. I loved it so much😭”
Believable charactersConversationalHeartbreakingRealistic settingInsightfulMade me cry
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“My favorite book of 2022! Marion falls in love with Tom at an early age and hopes all these years to get the same love back from him. But Tom meets Patrick, who opens up a whole new world of feelings for him. Tom is their policeman, and around the time the book takes place, it is safer for him to marry Marion. The two lovers must share him, until one of them breaks and three lives get destroyed. I have cried so many times with this. Please read!!!!”
Beautifully writtenHeartbreakingRomanticTragicMade me cryMoving
Anxious Face with sweat“This is a book…that really feels like…a book…anyways, I had a really hard time enjoying this. It was a quick read, well-written, and heartbreaking. On the other hand, god these characters weren’t likable. I do feel for them and their struggles though, I couldn’t imagine being in their situations. I’m excited to see how this translates to a movie? We will see… (ps I hate British ppl)”
Easy to readHeartbreakingTragicHistorically-accurateSerious

About Bethan Roberts

Bethan 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.

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