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Publisher's Summary

Soon to be 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 1950s 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.

©2014 Bethan Roberts (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

An Irish Times Book of the Year

“Stunning...overdue in becoming a sensation...Roberts’s messy collision of desires and drives leads to thwarted dreams, heartbreak, betrayal and a prison sentence. It’s a story as old as time, but, to my mind, it’s never been told so effectively, principally because Roberts invests us emotionally in both sides of the tug-of-war.... It’s not a happy story. It’s better than that, fraught and honest.” (New York Times Book Review)

“Roberts beautifully captures the devastation of being unable or unwilling to live in one’s truth…. A melancholy story about love, loss, and unnecessary suffering.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“A humane and evocative portrait of a time when lives were destroyed by intolerance.”  (The Guardian)

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Bittersweet

Both performers were crisp, clean, and clear. The author did a perfect job of bringing us back to the 1950’s.

Best listened to on an cloudy, overcast day with a warm drink.

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too little too late Marion

I really liked the book but Marion didn't do any of what she was doing to care for Patrick, she only did it to alleviate her guilt about sending Patrick to jail for loving another man. Too little too late Marion, I will hate you forever for what you did. You are self centered until the end. Did you once consider that Patrick being kicked and beaten in the head while being in the prison YOU cause led to his stroke. It was not your place to say anything. This story is EXACTLY the reason that gay men should never associate with straight women as friends or anything else. Once they are rejected by you they get cruel or if you don't respond in any way they ruin your reputation with anyone you are interested in. I hate you, you are not redeemable.

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Too tedious and going nowhere

I tried— but couldn’t get through this. Too tedious and long- winded and the initial “mystery” lingered without sensible reason. Disappointed I paid for this.

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honestly

took some time to get interesting, wish tom’s perspective was thrown in there to answer all the questions I have

the best parts of this story for me were these very specific intimate moments

I understand that things are pretty surface because of the perspectives but it left me wanting more from these characters

overall I’m glad I listened to it

best line: ..long legs and a chunky little arse.

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This book was fantastic I love how the story was told so 10/10 in my opinion

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Incredible! Beautiful story!

I highly recommend this book. The story was deeply moving and beautiful and the performance from both actors was superb.

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I'm left with more questions than answers

I am left with more questions than answers at the end of the book. There is a near 40 year gap in stories and I'm left wondering what happened in that time? What happened to Patrick after his last entry? Just... what happened?

I'm confused where to direct my sympathies - Patrick, Marion or even maybe Tom.

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beautiful

this book drew me in from the beginning. my heart ached at the ending. overall, well written and performed. I will never reading it again.

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not what I expected

Good listen. I liked the switches between story telling and sides of each ones story. Would have Ikeda a Tom side thrown in, even if at the end. Tie the 3some together ❤

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Could not stop listening

What a heartbreaking story fabulously delivered. I’m looking forward to the movie, but fear it will not live up to the book. It took awhile for me to start this one, but once going, I couldn’t stop listening. Both narrators were fantastic.