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An exuisitely 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 ualified 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 lif. Omg why I did read this No seriously why I guess I wanted to read something ueer that wasn t explicitly mm except I forgot that when straight people I think this author is straight sorry for assumingjudging regardless write litfic about teh gays THEY LIKE TO MAKE US AS MISERABLE AS POSSIBLE And while I have some patience for marginalised people writing tragedy for themselves for the sake of having a voice and finding catharsisI have exactly none of non marginalised people diddling themselves gleefully over the fact that marginalised people have shitty livesAnyway what s especially annoying about this book is that in many ways it is uite good Except for the fact it s awful It s set in 1950s Brighton and evokes the period and the place really well The writing is engaging and at times deeply compassionate especially some of the seuences from Patrick s diary The story is as I have indicated ueer tragedy by numbers The my policeman of the title is Tom a policeman who falls in love with a gay museum curator but still marries a womanz who is also in love with him There s this slightly awkward framing device in which part of the book is written from the perspective of Marion late in their lives scribbling a confession to her husband about the events that took place earlier in their marriage And the gaps are filled in by Patrick s diary written at the time and later used as evidence in his trial for acts of gross indecency Tom has no voice of his own at all existing only in the eyes of his two lovers which is both fitting and annoying Fitting because his silence is kind of A THEME and annoying because it means as a reader there s no way to access what these two people find so worth ruining their lives over in himI mean probably that s point You can t precisely point at what in a person creates love and maintains it love is always alien from the outside oh y see ANOTHER THEME But hey I m a romance reader At least have a go And defensibly I m not a big fan of devices for the sake of devices Thematicappropriate is not enough if it s also emotionally disengaging So say I anywayThere s also this epic gap between the events and the frame The frame being the future where Tom and Marion have been married for forty years and presumably miserable and Patrick has apparently had some kind of stroke and Marion has insisted that she and Tom become his carer for he has NOBODY because the gays oh the gays the lonely lives we lead even though Tom won t speak to him because of TEH TRAGEDEE and Marion was the woman who literally brought about said tragedy The events being the time the past where Marion got Patrick sent to prison for indecency on account of his banging being in love with her husband Which is sort of a difficult situation all round And obviously we re meant to blame SOCIETY MAN SOCIETY because if not for SOCIETY MAN SOCIETY than Tom would have been able to be with Patrick openly so he wouldn t have married a woman he didn t love and nobody would have been sent to prison for gross indecency On principle I didn t want to condemn Marion even though she does a terrible terrible thing and knows she did because Evil Woman Destroys Beautiful Gays is a clich I despise almost as intensely as Gays Are For TragedyAnyway what s really jarring is that Tragedy Happens and we last leave Patrick being horribly beaten up in prison for yep you guessed it being a gay And then we re blah years in the future and Patrick has had a terrible stroke and Marion is consumed by guilt for what she did to him But what the fuck happened in between I mean I realise it s a book about an incident the events leading directly up to it and the far reaching emotional conseuences And it couldn t exactly detail The Fully Well Rounded And Satisfying Life Patrick Lived After Being Released From Prison Before Incidentally Having A Stroke because that would a be very long b outside the scope of the book and c destroy the deep terrible tragedy of the gaysBut it does sort of feel like one the tragedy has happened the author couldn t be arsed any Except to swoop in and beat on a gay a bit I mean yes the man lost everything Let s give him a stroke too Why notAnyway here is a bit of Patrick thinking about his relationship with his ex lover Michael And nicely indicates why this book infuriated me to the degree it did because it s uietly beautiful and very sad and sort of indicates that you can discuss this stuff without a drama klaxonWe used to dance Michael and I Every Wednesday night I d make everything right Fire laid Dinner made he loved anything with cream and butter All those French sauces sole au vin blanc poulet au gratin la cr me landaise and to finish if I d had time Saint milion au chocolat A bottle of claret The sheets fresh and clean a towel laid out A newly pressed suit And music All the sentimental magic that he loved Caruso to start I ve always hated him but for Michael I endured it Then Sarah Vaughan singing The Nearness of You We d cling to each other for hours shuffle round on the rug like a couple of marrieds his cheek burning against mine Wednesdays were an indulgence I know that For him and for me I made him his favourite butter rich foods which played havoc with my stomach hummed along to Danny Boy and in return he danced in my arms Only when the records were all played the candles burned down to pools of wax would I slowly undress him here in my sitting room and we d dance again naked in absolute silence save for our uickening breathsPS Michael is blackmailed for his gayness and kills himselfThis review brought to you by GR s insistence that I read 12 books this year in a public way

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My Policeman

E another eually 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 d. 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 wonderinggrowing increasingly frustrated with certain elements of the story such as view spoilerWHY did marion and tom stay together for fourty years i can understand the reasons at the time but what kind of existence is that it just felt like their whole lives had been a big waste hide spoiler

CHARACTERS My Policeman

Ual 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 exuisitely raw yet tender novel which proves her to be one of our most exciting young write. One of those books like The Poisonwood Bible which inhabits your field of vision while you re reading it Walking around Brighton this past week I half expected to see the characters slip out of the museum or stroll arms swinging through the arch at ueen s Park Roberts crafts a story from the desires and fears of the three main characters as they try to negotiate the social strata of the south coast in the 1950s Starting and fiinishing in present day Peacehaven the characters long for past pain in preference to the desiccated routines of their later lives The threads of the characters lives tangle as the meet weave together as the reach a temporary accommodation of their conflicting desires and finally unravel completely leaving them paralysed in misery like the beautiful boys in Patrick s galleriesDeception delusion the impetus to protect and the need to make reparations all drive the characters towards the cliff edge of Peacehaven and infatuation loyalty love keep them there If you ve had the breath kicked hard from your lungs by the sight of someone suddenly turning a corner in front of you and bartered everything you hold close just for a shot at happiness with that person then this is one for you


10 thoughts on “My Policeman

  1. says:

    Omg why I did read this? No seriously why? I guess I wanted to read something ueer that wasn’t explicitly mm except I forgot that when straight people I think this author is straight—sorry for assumingjudging regardless write litfic about teh gays THEY LIKE TO MAKE US AS MISERABLE AS POSSIBLE And while I have some patience for marginal

  2. says:

    I was both fascinated and immensely annoyed by this book The blurb describes it as a tragic love story of a man and a woman both in love with the same man in a time the 1950s when it is safer for him to marry the woman an

  3. says:

    This is well written and certainly captures the feeling of living in a time and place when homosexuality was illegal and when anyone

  4. says:

    Since Marion was a girl she has been besotted by her friend Sylvie's older brother Tom She dreams of their being together and tries to scheme her way into seeing him any which way she can As they grow older Tom goes into the

  5. says:

    beautifully written and incredibly sad set in the 1950s when homosexuality was still illegal in great britain a woman and man recoun

  6. says:

    I think it was George Bernard Shaw who coined the maxim He who can does He who cannot teaches While there may sometimes be some truth in those words they most certainly do not apply to the writer of this very good novel Bethan Roberts Roberts

  7. says:

    A really good story which moves back and forth between 1999 and 195758 Schoolgirl Marion has a crush on her friend's brothe

  8. says:

    One of those books like The Poisonwood Bible which inhabits your field of vision while you're reading it Walking around Brighton this past week I half expected to see the characters slip out of the museum or stroll arms swinging through the arch at ueen's Park Roberts crafts a story from the desires and fears of the three main characters as they try to negotiate the social strata of the south coast in the 195

  9. says:

    Sad sad sad Such a beautifully written book one that really got inside the hearts and minds of the 3 main characters Fabulously set in late 1950s and present day Brighton this book was totally compelling and very telling about how difficult it was being gay or indeed a woman in those times I was struck by the sadness of each of the

  10. says:

    I can't even begin to describe how distressing reading this book was semi spoilerThere were no happy bits and from the get go I knew how much of a btch Marion was going to be I felt for her in the beginning and her feelings were valid but not valid enough to destroy someone's life like that for a person that didn't even want her as bad as s

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