by DH Lawrence.
Written in 1915, D.H.
Lawrence's The Rainbow caused a public furore upon publication and the novel was subsequently banned for being sexually explicit.
Abridged in ten parts for Radio 4, the novel explores the passionate lives of three generations of the Brangwen family of Nottinghamshire from the 1840s to the early years of the twentieth century.
Following his father's death Tom Brangwen is left to run the family farm.
Tom, now married to Lydia, struggles to come to terms with married life and his new position as stepfather to his wife's wilful child, Anna.
Abridged by Linda Cracknell
Produced by Lu Kemp
No longer a child, Anna longs to find an independence outside of her close knit family.
The arrival of her cousin Will at the farm allows her to venture beyond her father's watchful eye.
Meanwhile, Tom wonders at himself being already an old man as he sees his daughter move away from him towards another man.
After an idyllic courtship and marriage, the early days of Anna's marriage to Will are a shock to them both.
The birth of their first child - a girl - is a disappointment to Anna and a revelation to Will.
Ursula grows up, ever closer to her young father Will.
Will himself is changing from the naïve man he used to be, and his behaviour rather than repulsing his wife draws them together.
Tragedy shocks the family and brings the generations closer together.
Ursula finds love with a family friend.
But when he leaves to fight in the Boer War it is Miss Inger who intrigues her.
Ursula's interest in her affair with Miss Inger is beginning to wane.
She decides to take a career in teaching, but is horrified to see her romantic illusions about the profession shattered.
She finally subdues her class in a violent interchange with one of her young pupils.
Ursula leaves the school to attend teacher training college, but when Sebrensky returns she quickly loses interest in her studies.
They become lovers but, while she enjoys their illicit affair, Ursula is loathe to enter into a contract of marriage.
Ursula has broken off with Sebrensky and he has left for India without her.
After his departure Ursula finds that she is with child - she must decide whether to follow him to India to live as his wife, or stay in England as an outcast from society.