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Mother Island

Bethan Roberts

“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


A taut, powerful novel about a nanny who abducts the young child she looks after

How does it feel to come home from work one evening and find your two-year-old son gone?

How does it feel to steal another woman’s child? To take a boy from his mother, and try to make him yours, make things right?

This is the story of two women, Nula and Maggie, joined by old family history and love for the same little boy.

About Bethan Roberts:
BethanRobertsBethan 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. My Policeman, her most recent novel, was picked as the ‘City Reads’ book for Brighton. Bethan has worked as a television documentary researcher, writer and assistant producer, and has taught Creative Writing at Chichester University and Goldsmiths College, London.

 Mother Island is published by Chatto & Windus.