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My Policeman - Bethan Roberts
My Policeman
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An exquisitely told, tragic tale of thwarted love. 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... show more
An exquisitely told, tragic tale of thwarted love. 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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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780701185848 (0701185848)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
Pages no: 352
Edition language: English
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Like a Dream
Like a Dream rated it
4.0 Der Liebhaber meines Mannes
Story: Es ist der glücklichste Tag in Marions Leben, als der Bruder ihrer besten Freundin ihr endlich einen Heiratsantrag macht. Seit Jahren ist sie in Tom verliebt, ignoriert sowohl seine kühle Zurückhaltung, als auch die Tatsache, dass der junge Polizist seine Zeit am liebsten mit Patrick Hazlewoo...
sonjbean
sonjbean rated it
beautifully written and incredibly sad. set in the 1950s when homosexuality was still illegal in great britain, a woman and man recount their lives being in love with the same man ... i found myself wondering/growing increasingly frustrated with certain elements of the story, such as - WHY did mario...
Nigeyb
Nigeyb rated it
I decided to read this book after it was chosen by Brighton & Hove's wonderful City Reads initiative as the city's book for 2012. The City Reads website is here: http://cityreads.co.uk. Most of the story takes place in and around Brighton and Hove.I struggled with the book for the first hundred pa...
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