In 1959, with the 30th anniversary of Lawrence’s death approaching, Penguin was planning a further collection of his works.
Penguin had always boasted (though not entirely accurately) that it published 'complete and unabridged’ texts and the successful passage of the Obscene Publications Act seemed to clear the way for the unabridged Lady Chatterley’s Lover.
Connie is loyal but begins to feel alienated as he engages a nurse, Mrs Bolton, to bathe him and excludes her from pit business.
Despite his desire for an heir his impotency results in a lack of sexual activity and Connie is drawn to handsome Oliver Mellors, the plain-spoken former miner her husband has engaged as his game-keeper and who represents the passion she craves.
Lady Chatterley's Lover begins by introducing Connie Reid, the female protagonist of the novel.
They embark upon a physical affair in Oliver's cottage but are discovered and betrayed by Mrs Bolton.
Connie, now carrying Oliver's child, must choose between a pampered but joyless existence with her husband or an uncertain future with the man she has come to love.
Fans expect him to receive similar attention for the adaptation as Aidan Turner received for Poldark, in which he shot to fame among female fans for a now-notorious shot of him scything.
"Pretty much every script I've read in the past year has me with my shirt off in the first 15 minutes," Madden told the Sunday Times.