#Review By Lou – My Policeman by Bethan Roberts (Soon to be a film) #BethanRoberts #MyPoliceman #Fiction #ContemporaryFiction

My Policeman
By Bethan Roberts

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

My Policeman was first published in 2012, but has re-emerged because it is going to be a major film starring Harry Styles and Emma Corrin. So, now’s your chance to read it before you see the film. I read this book in a day. Check out the Blurb and my Review below. Thank you for a physical copy of the book.

Blurb

My PolicemanAn exquisitely told tragic tale of thwarted love, My Policeman is soon to be adapted into film by Amazon Prime starring Harry Styles and Emma Corrin.

It is in 1950s’ Brighton that Marion first catches sight of Tom. He teaches her to swim in the shadow of the pier and Marion is smitten – determined her love will be enough for them both.

A few years later in Brighton Museum Patrick meets Tom. Patrick is besotted with Tom and opens his eyes to a glamorous, sophisticated new world.

Tom is their policeman, and in this age it is safer for him to marry Marion. The two lovers must share him, until one of them breaks and three lives are destroyed.

‘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

Review 

My Policeman sounds from the blurb that it could be a heavy read, it is anything but… It is such a well-written romance and tale that encompasses some of social history. I sailed through this book and I can see how it would make a great film.

It’s a sensuous love story that starts off with all the promise of young love and then it starts to become more complex as Tom and Patrick love each other, but Marion, loves Tom and by the end, the consequences of certain actions made in 1957 reverberate through to 1999.

The book skips between 1999 and 1957 with the setting beginning in Peacehaven and leading readers into Wormwood Scrubs.
There are some beautiful descriptions at the seaside that also lures readers into the time period.
This is a book that has themes still talked about today, a decade on from its first publication. It also provides an insight as to how far the world has come and its history in some of the attitudes of the times. The book illustrates how, even between 1957 and 1999, things were changing. This is the story of Marion, Tom, Patrick and Sylvie. The writing is romantic, warm and sensual in the beginning, in 1999, with its pool setting. There are however some dark undercurrents in mood.

Tom is the policeman, who trained in National Service first, in 1957. The book is like an account of his life, written by someone who cares for him deeply. In 1999, he is incredibly unwell and being nursed at home. The writing is powerful, caring, with some sense of matter-of-fact. 1957 focusses more on the romance. There’s Sylvia with Roy, who know exactly where they’re heading in life and there’s Marion and Tom and she knows what she wants, but then, there is also Patrick…
The relationship changes and Marion and Patrick end up sharing Tom. There is an undercurrent of the intolerances of the time in 1957, they are written truthfully and prick through this great, complex, yet tender love story that unfolds. There’s emotion and very challenging times in both years for many reasons, that are faced for all of the character, especially Marion, Tom and Patrick. All is, however, beautifully written and evocative and keenly observed.

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