Winston Graham was one of the most successful and prolific novelists of the twentieth century. He wrote in many
genres but his best known body of work was undoubtedly the twelve historical ‘Poldark’ novels set in Cornwall at
the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th centuries. In 2015 they come to life again.
A completely new TV series
This totally fresh adaptation of the Poldark saga, starring Aidan Turner (The Hobbit Trilogy, Being Human) is starting
on BBC One TV 8th March 2015. The eight part series is adapted by Debbie Horsfield (Cutting It, The Riff Raff
Element) and directed by Ed Bazalgette and William McGregor. It is produced by Mammoth Screen
Andrew Graham, Winston’s son, comments:
‘I am thrilled to see the Poldarks returning to the screen. I have worked closely with Mammoth Screen and their
concern to stay faithful to the books has been wonderful. My father would be totally delighted’.
New editions of the Poldark novels
To celebrate the 2015 TV series, Pan Macmillan
is producing new editions of the Poldark novels, starting with Ross
– both published on 12th February 2015.
Poldark’s Cornwall re-issued with new photos
Winston’s semi-autobiographical book of Cornwall with its beautiful photos of the Cornish sea and landscapes has
long been out of print but is also to be re-issued by Pan Macmillan with new photographs. This is due on the
bookshelves on 23rd April 2015.
It includes an introduction by Andrew Graham. He writes:
‘My father, Winston Graham, effectively wrote two autobiographies. The official one was Memoirs of a Private Man
The other, though not acknowledged as such, is Poldark’s Cornwall
. At least that is how my sister, Rosamund, and I
see it; and, in addition to the photographs, it is this factor that makes this such an interesting book’.
The Winston Graham Prize
Another Winston Graham Prize for historical fiction is announced this year. Full details are available on the The Royal
Institution of Cornwall website.