Posted on 27th October 2015

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News: Bethan Roberts

2015 winner, Bethan Roberts has announced her new drama series, The View from the Windows will be on the BBC Radio 4 programme, Woman’s Hour. The series explores the 20th century through the diaries and correspondence of real people. It’s 1954 and the avant-garde commercial artist Monica Rawlins finds herself alone, in the middle-of-nowhere rural Cardiganshire, breeding geese….

Posted on 22nd October 2015

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Mother Island Review by Portslade Library Book Group

Mother Island provoked contrasting reactions in our book group and would be an excellent book for discussion. “Mother Island is a page-turner. I couldn’t put it down,” said one member, whilst others found the story simple and predictable. The author examines family relationships and the serious consequences when these break down.  Maggie abducts Samuel, the two year old son of her cousin Nula, for whom she has been…

Posted on 15th August 2015

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Q&A with Bethan Roberts

How would you describe Mother Island to a reading group? That’s a really hard one. I always get a feeling of panic whenever anyone asks me what something I’m working on is about, because for much of the writing process, I don’t really know the answer to that question! And even when you’ve finished a…

Posted on 14th August 2015

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Bethan Roberts on Resonance FM

To celebrate this year’s winners, Jerwood Fiction Uncovered FM returned to the airwaves on Sunday 21 June. The annual radio station is dedicated to discussing great British fiction. Listen to Bethan Roberts in conversation with English novelist, writer and journalist, Matt Thorne:   Fiction Uncovered – Bethan Roberts Interview by Resonance Fm on Mixcloud   Bethan Roberts…

Posted on 13th August 2015

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Backlist: Bethan Roberts

My Policeman From the moment Marion first lays eyes on Tom – her best friend’s big brother, broad, blond, blue-eyed – she is smitten. And when he comes home from National Service to be a policeman, Marion, a newly qualified teacher, is determined to win him. Unable to acknowledge the signs that something is amiss,…

Posted on 12th August 2015

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Reviews: Mother Island

“Bethan Roberts’ Mother Island is a brilliant mix of psychological thriller meets family drama. We have abducted babies, familial jealousies and childhood secrets combining in a prime example of suburban noir.” Simon Savidge, 2015 judge, blogger and journalist “…the immediate suspense is only the top layer of an intricate family story…Roberts writes fantastically well about…

Posted on 11th August 2015

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Celebrating the 2015 Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Winners: Bethan Roberts

Every week until the beginning of September, we’re celebrating one of this year’s Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize winning authors. This week we’re celebrating 2015 winner, Bethan Roberts who won with her novel, Mother Island. “Bethan Roberts’ Mother Island is a brilliant mix of psychological thriller meets family drama. We have abducted babies, familial jealousies and childhood…

Posted on 23rd June 2015

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Mother Island

“Bethan Roberts’ Mother Island is a brilliant mix of psychological thriller meets family drama. We have abducted babies, familial jealousies and childhood secrets combining in a prime example of suburban noir.” Simon Savidge, blogger and journalist Synopsis: A taut, powerful novel about a nanny who abducts the young child she looks after How does it feel…