An exquisitely told, tragic tale of thwarted love.
Bethan Roberts was born in Oxford and grew up in nearby Abingdon. Her first novel The Pools was published in 2007 and won a Jerwood/Arvon Young Writers' Award. Her second novel The Good Plain Cook, published in 2008, was serialized on BBC Radio 4's Book at Bedtime and was chosen as one of Time Out's books of the year. She also writes short stories (in 2006 she was awarded the Olive Cook short story prize by the Society of Authors) and has had a play broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Bethan has worked as a television documentary researcher, writer and assistant producer, and has taught Creative Writing at Chichester University and Goldsmiths College, London. She lives in Brighton with her family.Visit her website at www.bethanrobertswriter.com
A powerful and poignant novel of wasted lives
Pitch perfect * Marie Claire *
A gripping read -- Viv Groskop * Red *
A humane and evocative portrait of a time when lives were destroyed by intolerance * Guardian *
The era and the seaside locale are beautifully rendered and observed, not least the social and sexual undercurrents of the time -- Elizabeth Buchan * Sunday Times *