My Policeman - An Evening with Bethan Roberts

In a joint event with Abingdon Library, we are delighted that Abingdon-born Bethan Roberts will be joining us to celebrate the paperback launch of her latest book 'My Policeman' on Thursday Aug 9 at 7.30pm.

Bethan is one of the UK's most exciting new young authors, and following widespread critical acclaim for her books 'The Pools' and 'A Good Plain Cook', her much anticipated third novel 'My Policeman' was published earlier this year by Chatto and Windus.

'My Policeman' is a story of misplaced and secret love. It unfolds through the dual narratives of Marion and Patrick, both writing about the man at the centre of their lives. This beautifully-told, painful, tragic story 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.

The story was inspired by the life of E.M. Forster and his relationship with his long-time companion Bob Buckingham and his wife, but transposed to late 1950s Brighton. With skill and meticulous period research, the setting in a place now synonymous with tolerance only heightens the poignancy of the story.

A moving story of longing and frustration’ -- Observer

Roberts deploys her research carefully, honing a novel with a strong period feel and a sprightly structure’ - The Independent

The event takes place in Abingdon Library on Thursday 9 August at 7.30pm. Tickets are £4 and will include wine and soft drinks.

And if you are a member of a bookgroup - and following the success of our Abingdon Library joint event with Rachel Joyce - we are again inviting bookgroups to commit to reading the book, either before or after the event. So if your book group is looking for a summer read with a controversial love affair at the heart and lots of good discussion points, why not come along as a group?

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