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Summary

An 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.

©2021 Bethan Roberts (P)2021 Hachette Audio UK

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"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)  

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speechless..

i really loved the story it broke my heart .. it’s the first time that i physically reacted to the dialogues . maybe it’s my imagination but i literally visualize every single event. i really loved the book i will read it again of course! it’s one of my favorites now. and the narrators did a very good job i felt every thing and they made it look so vivid and clear. thank you so much i had so much fun and i felt in love with it

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Wow Absolutely Blown Away

A heartbreaking story but a realistic and important one. Reminded me of Atonement by Ian McEwan of a story told from different perspectives and how one rash decision can change peoples lives forever. I loved the way the characters spoke out their Policeman and idolised him in their besotted ways. I’m just curious about his perspective he remains quite mysterious.

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better than I expected

absolutely fabulous narrators did a cracking job of conveying all of the complex emotions in this story, couldn't stop listening to it!

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thank god the law has changed

I was 18 in 1967 when the law was changed to allow 2 consenting males to have six without being prosecuted.
I could have been in the same position but attitudes still took a long time to change, thanks to Tony Blair I could no longer be sacked for being Queen, but that took till 2004

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This book is beautifully written. A very sad story that evoked many emotions , thoughts and oh my goodness ....

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Loved it!

Writing powerful, and I loved looking into the window of life in the fifties. The description made it so easy to imagine. The narrators were superb & the story engrossing. Brilliant!

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Thank goodness times have changed.

A well written story of what was once such a controversial subject. I didn't particularly like the characters though and thought the ending could have been better. would still recommend though.

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Wonderful

I really enjoyed this book. Thank goodness views on homosexuality have moved on, this book is a real insight into life in the late 50's. The narrator's did a great job, especially Patrick. A great read, highly recommended.

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Best book I've listened to this year

All I can say is that this book is excellent. it captured me from the first line to the last and I grabbed any spare minute I could to listen to it, even if I could only snatch a few minutes!

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It grew on me

Initially I thought the pace was slow, but as the story progressed, I found myself immersed in the characters and their complex secrets. Overall, I very much enjoyed it. An astonishing snap-shot of another era that I find hard to believe existed when I was young.
How far we have come.