Mother's Boy by Patrick Gayle
Laura is a young laundress, struggling to bring up her adored son, Charles, in a country still shadowed by war. Fiercely independent and recently widowed, she vows to do everything for her child, but gradually becomes aware that he is too gifted to ever be happy.
As a young adult, Charles briefly escapes the gossipy confines of his town and signs up to be a coder in the Navy. There, amid the violence of a new war, he relishes friendships - and love - of a kind he could never have found at home. Yet even as he tastes delicious liberty, he senses it will be lost with the return of peace.
MOTHER'S BOY is the tender, illuminating story of a well-loved poet, and a beautifully drawn evocation of the relationship between a mother and her son.