The marriage of Gertude and Walter Morel has become a battleground. Repelled by her uneducated and sometimes violent husband, delicate Gertude devotes her life to her children, and especially to her sons, William and Paul. She is determined they will not follow in their father footsteps, working down the coal mines. But conflict is evitable when Paul seeks to escape his mother’s suffocating grasp through relationships with women of his own age. Set in Lawrence’s native Nottinghamshire, Sons and Lovers is a highly autobiographical and compelling portrayal of childhood, adolescence and the clash of generations.