To mark the publication of Stop What You're Doing and Read This!, a collection of essays celebrating reading, Vintage Classics are releasing 12 limited edition themed ebook 'bundles', to tempt readers to discover and rediscover great books.
LADY CHATTERLEY'S LOVER
INTRODUCED BY BLAKE MORRISON
Clifford Chatterley returns from the First World War as an invalid. Constance nurses him and tries to be the dutiful wife. However, childless and listless she feels oppressed by their marriage and their isolated life. Partly encouraged by Clifford to seek a lover, she embarks on a passionate affair with the gamekeeper, Mellors. Through their liaison Lawrence explores the complications of sex, love and class. Written in 1928 and subsequently banned, Lady Chatterley's Lover is one of the most subversive novels in English literature.
These are the fortunes and misfortunes of Moll Flanders: born in Newgate Prison, twelve years a prostitute, five times a wife (once to her own brother), twelve years a thief and eight years a transported felon in Her Majesty's colony of Virginia. Daniel Defoe's rollicking tale presents life in the prisons, alleyways and underworlds of eighteenth-century London, and gives us Moll - scandalous, unscrupulous and utterly irresistible.
LADY CHATTERLEY'S LOVER - No one ever wrote better about the power struggles of sex and love
MOLL FLANDERS - It's still fresh, centuries on. It's raunchy yet humane, brilliantly written yet not at the expense of a fast-paced plot, and it conjures such a vivid picture of its age that it would certainly transport me off the monotony of a desert island.I've always loved Moll herself she's so feisty. All the dreadful things that befall her and she just picks herself up, dusts herself down, rearranges her cleavage and rampages off again.