Sons and Lovers
A constant fixture on top-100-books lists, this 20th-century classic traces the fortunes of the Morel family and their inauspicious beginnings in a small mining town in the county of Nottinghamshire. Now considered one of D.H. Lawrence's finest works, the book had to contend with accusations of profanity and obscenity before being ushered into the canon of English literature.
Lawrence's exploration of working-class life and the Oedipal relations between the sons and their mother has stood the test of time, as has his exquisite rendering of the regional dialect.
- A moving exploration of the effects of industrialisation on human relations and the family unit.
- Drunken father and miner Walter Morel is frightening and memorable in equal measure.