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My Policeman


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An exquisitely told, tragic tale of thwarted love

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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.


'I loved it. Devoured it! A wonderful read. Tense, romantic, smart; a beautiful portrait of a seaside town poised at an exact moment in history, with people trapped by laws and mores' -- Russell T. Davies (on Instagram)
Pitch perfect * Marie Claire *
A gripping read -- Viv Groskop * Red *
A humane and evocative portrait of a time when lives were destroyed by intolerance * Guardian *
The era and the seaside locale are beautifully rendered and observed, not least the social and sexual undercurrents of the time -- Elizabeth Buchan * Sunday Times *
A moving story of longing and frustration * Observer *

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