Poldark – Winston Graham

Poldark - Winston Graham

Poldark – Winston Graham

Well I had to read this after watching this …

Poldark - the TV series

Poldark – the TV series

For those of you who don’t know (like me before I read it) this book covers about half the television series.

Here is the blurb …

In the first novel in Winston Graham’s hit series, a weary Ross Poldark returns to England from war, looking forward to a joyful homecoming with his beloved Elizabeth. But instead he discovers his father has died, his home is overrun by livestock and drunken servants, and Elizabeth—believing Ross to be dead—is now engaged to his cousin. Ross has no choice but to start his life anew.

Thus begins the Poldark series, a heartwarming, gripping saga set in the windswept landscape of Cornwall. With an unforgettable cast of characters that spans loves, lives, and generations, this extraordinary masterwork from Winston Graham is a story you will never forget.

I liked it, but having said that I haven’t read the next one in the series. It has a wonderful sense of place – the cornish coast, Ross’s house. I do find dialogue written as it would sound annoying and this had a bit of that – probably why I haven’t rushed to read any more. It has the feel of a sweeping family saga – reminded me of The Thorn Birds  – so if you enjoy great sense of place, a bit of history, a bit of melodrama and the trials and tribulations of one family, then this novel is for you.

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