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4.0 out of 5 stars Brighton, 1957, 15 May 2012
This review is from: My Policeman (Hardcover)
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Marion and Patrick are both deeply in love with Tom, the policeman of the title. It is 1957 and homosexuality is still illegal, so Tom attempts a life of married respectability with the besotted Marion, whilst carrying on a relationship with Patrick, his true love.

The novel is narrated alternately by Marion (in 1999) and Patrick, and this device enables us to see the same events and characters from differing perspectives. Marion's delusion and belated self-awareness combined with Patrick's lack of freedom makes for a deeply sad story; one can only watch as the characters condemn themselves to a life of unhappiness.

"My Policeman" is an engrossing read and you are immediately immersed in the characters and the Brighton setting. Roberts convincingly evokes the precarious and secretive lives led by gay people during the fifties and I finished the book glad that we have come so far since that time.
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