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Set in 1900s, this is a lushly descriptive and highly autobiographical portrayal of a young man growing up in class-divided Nottingham

Paul Morel is the focus of his disappointed and fiercely protective mother’s life. Their tender, devoted and intense bond comes under strain when Paul falls in love with Miriam Leivers, a local girl his mother disapproves of. The arrival of the provocatively modern Clara Dawes causes further tension and Paul is torn bewtween his individual desires and family allegiances.

Set in a Nottinghamshire mining town at the turn of the twentieth century this is a powerful portrayal of family and love in all its forms.

Reviews

Lawrence's masterly portraiture of the human impulse in his fiction had strength and depth...He tore at the rock of life with hand and implement... in Sons and Lovers he fashioned the hard substance of his place and people in memorable ways.

Guardian, March 1930

An affecting portrait of a mining family torn apart by class divisions and individual desire at the turn of the century

Guardian

His fierce love for his mother warring with the need to follow his own desires - analysed with a vigorous relentlessness and pungent imagery - makes this a work whose power stands the test of time

Sunday Times

When I was 13 or 14 this was the book I couldn't put down. It's very good teenager territory

Jonathan Pryce, Daily Express

His ability to live and write on the hoof never ceases to amaze

William Scammell, Independent

Lawrence is tremendously exciting . . . we were all influenced by Lawrence, including the poetry, which is wonderful, and is probably still not enough liked, partly because people call him sexist. He's much more complicated

Thom Gunn

He's an intoxicator, a very great writer, punished by the feminists and their ludicrous opinions. The short stories are among the best in the language. I re-read Sons and Lovers and The Rainbow recently and thought them wonderful... Has there ever been anyone like him for bringing places and people so vividly to life?

Doris Lessing

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  • Paperback

    9780099540755

    April 1, 2011

    Vintage Classics

    448 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • Sons And Lovers
    D. H. Lawrence

    Hardback

    9781857150223

    November 29, 1991

    Everyman

    403 pages

    RRP $24.99

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  • Paperback

    9780553211924

    January 2, 1985

    Bantam US

    RRP $9.99

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  • EBook

    9781446418628

    April 1, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    448 pages

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  • Sons And Lovers
    D. H. Lawrence

    EBook

    9780141974101

    November 21, 2012

    Penguin eBooks

    464 pages

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