**NOW A MAJOR FILM STARRING HARRY STYLES**
This love is all-consuming
It is in 1950s' Brighton that Marion first catches sight of the handsome and enigmatic 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.
'A sensitive, sweeping novel' VOGUE
'Tense, romantic, smart...I loved it. Devoured it!' RUSSELL T. DAVIES
'A powerful story of forbidden love, regret, and living as your true self' VANITY FAIR
'A moving story of longing and frustration' OBSERVER
Roberts (The Good Plain Cook) serves up a complex and nuanced exploration of a love triangle in Peacehaven, England. The story begins in 1999 with the line, "I considered starting with these words: I no longer want to kill you because I really don't." The speaker is Marion, and her listener, Patrick, whom she is caring for after he'd suffered a severe stroke, is her captive audience. Having baited this hook, Roberts then flashes back 48 years to provide the backstory for the dramatic opening. Marion explains how at 14 she met the third member of this romantic triangle, Tom, the slightly older brother of a school friend. Her infatuation with Tom continues into adulthood, after he becomes a policeman and, eventually, Marion's spouse. But Tom and Patrick, a gay art curator, are also attracted to one another. Roberts cleverly changes narrators to provide alternate perspectives on the developing intricacies and intimacies, and is especially good with the sections in which Patrick describes the challenges of being gay in 1950s Britain, a period when sex between men was illegal and gay people were subjected to blackmail. It adds up to a moving depiction of human passions, frailties, and struggles.
One of the most amazing books i’ve read. A unique story with a unique way of telling it.
What an amazing book... I couldn't help but feeling for each character in same way: they all had their right-doing, wrong-doing and own feelings to deal with in a rather difficult and hostile 1950/1960 Brighton.