12 Books About Mothers and Sons

Catherine Simpson explores the mother/son bond in all its complex glory

From the sublime to the ridiculous, from the divine to the preposterous, literature has examined the relationship between mothers and sons in all its complex glory; its comedy, its tragedy, its joy, its sorrow, its happiness and its heartbreak. Here are twelve books - plays, novels and memoir - that examine the mother/son bond.

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Catherine Simpson
Catherine Simpson

Catherine Simpson won a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award in 2013. Her debut novel, Truestory, was published by Sandstone Press in September. Truestory tells the tale of a mother struggling to bring up her son who has Asperger’s Syndrome and refuses to leave the isolated farm where he was born, instead interacting with the world via his computer. Catherine was inspired to write the novel after raising her own daughter, Nina, who has autism. Follow Catherine on Twitter @cath_simpson13 and find her at www.catherine-simpson.co.uk.