My Policeman - Bethan Roberts

My Policeman

By Bethan Roberts

  • Release Date: 2021-06-15
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 278 Ratings


Now 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 1950's 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.


  • Now it’s time to watch Harry Styles

    By chikcklit
    Always like to read the book first.
  • Fantastic

    By Kekesam

    By Alayna !
    I read this book in under 2 days and absolutely loved it. This book is so beautifully written and the film is so good to. i read this book because of harry styles but finished it because it was such a beautiful story. During this book i laughed, i cried and screamed. This book will rip your heart out and will leave you thinking. Such a beautiful story. The book and movie both will leave you stunned and sobbing.
  • As Patrick says in the movie “TRAGIC”

    By Damy:)
    Is a awesome novel very heartwarming but also very heartbreaking all of the characters have a special place in my heart and I love the way the author puts you to see each character’s perspective they don’t just focus on one is on each one. So I have to say this story was beautiful - D:)
  • Lights a fire

    By leahmbmusic
    I got this book initially because of Harry Styles’ involvement in the film. But in reading it I found its own unique masterpiece. I found myself drawn to and comforted by its composition, its feel. I’ve struggled from half a million different angles with the topic of queerness, and this book ignites, as I feel all good stories do, the humanity inside. It made me think, and feel. It’s an experience, in other words, that will always mean more experienced firsthand.
  • Warning

    By MaileFrap
    Not the whole book, just a sample
  • Interesting

    By SydneyAaliyah
    I wasn’t sure what to expect. I thought I knew the story but was surprised the way it was written from the dual POV of the characters I wasn’t expecting. It was sad and touching but felt it was missing a portion of the story. Maybe the movie will clear it up.
  • Absolutely loved it! Finished it in 2 days.

    By nauticawhatley
    When I started this book, I was immediately hooked. The relationship between Tom and Patrick is so cute, but I also love Marion and Tom; they make a great pair too.
  • favorite book

    By sophiekruss
    read this book knowing something was going to happen. As i read it I noticed some of the author’s hints as well. Even with all that, nothing could prepare me for what happened. I don’t usually cry while reading, but this book is absolutely heart wrenching. Beautiful, but heart wrenching. I’ve never read such a good book. I read it in 2 days. I had to debate on whether I wanted to finish it or leave some for the next day, because of how much I enjoyed reading it. This book had me violently sobbing. When I say violently, I mean it. Shaking, shivering, rocking back and forth in my bed. When I finished it, I just lied in bed for two hours thinking about the book, until I eventually fell asleep. I started it two days ago, finished yesterday, and I’m rereading it again today. My FAVORITE book ever. I can’t wait for the film to come out. 100% recommend but have tissues with you!!
  • Amazing

    By Alialhawsawi
    Definitely one of my favorites. Can’t wait for the film to come out !!!