Winston Graham born 1910 in Manchester. In the late 1920s he moved with his parents to Perranporth. His first novel, The House with the Stained Glass Windows was published in 1933. His first Poldark novel, Ross Poldark, was published in 1945. He wrote the first 4 Poldark novels while living at Flat Rocks, the hillside bungalow just above the beach at Perranporth where he found the solitude in which to plan and write the early Poldark novels. The bungalow is no longer in existence, but there are plans for a memorial seat on the site.
Winston Graham was best known as the author of the Poldark novels which became a popular television series during the seventies, and was shown in many countries around the world. He also wrote wrote over 40 widely translated novels amongst them Marnie, which Alfred Hitchcock made into a film. Six of Winston Graham's books have been filmed for the cinema.
When it was announced that Hitchcock had managed to get actress Grace Kelly, eventually Princess Grace of Monaco, to play the lead role of Marnie, the world's press besieged Winston Graham. After some months however she had to turn down the role, as it seemed that the part of a thief and a liar, was not suitable for an aspirant princess. Sean Connery got a boost to his early career by sharing the lead role with Grace Kelly's replacement Tippi Hedren.
Winston Graham served Auxiliary Coastguard Service in Cornwall , with many long quiet hours alone on watch in all weathers. There was not much time for writing,but a considerable amount of time in which to think. "When I began to write Poldark I drew on this part of my life as in another dimension".
When the BBC started to film Poldark, he was virtually ignored. When it was a success it was quite the opposite as they wanted him to write a third series to follow the success of the first two series.
Winston has only ever ever written in longhand. "I have been under considerable pressure to buy at least a laptop computer. I have always turned the suggestions down for the reason that I have never done creative work on a typewriter. There is to me a lack of empathy. I have been told of the many extra advantages of word-processing, and I acknowledge them. But, apart from other reasons, I find that a sentence, a page, a book, assumes a different nature when it is first in manuscript, second in typescript, and third in page proofs."
Winston Graham is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and in 1983 was awarded the O.B.E..
Winston Graham died on the 9th July 2003 aged 93.
Winston Graham Society
Winston Graham Autobiography - Memoirs of a Private Man
1. Ross Poldark: A Novel of Cornwall, 1783-1787 (1945)
2. Demelza: A Novel of Cornwall, 1788-1790 (1953)
3. Jeremy Poldark: A Novel of Cornwall, 1790-1791 (1953)
4. Warleggan: A Novel of Cornwall, 1792-1793 (1953)
5. The Black Moon: A Novel of Cornwall 1794-1795 (1973)
6. The Four Swans: A Novel of Cornwall, 1795-1797 (1976)
7. The Angry Tide: A Novel of Cornwall, 1789-1799 (1977)
8. The Stranger From The Sea: A Novel of Cornwall, 1810-1811 (1981)
9. The Miller's Dance: A Novel of Cornwall 1812-1813 (1976)
Poldark's Cornwall (1983)
10. The Loving Cup: A Novel of Cornwall 1813-1815 (1984)
11. The Twisted Sword: A Novel of Cornwall 1815 (1990)
12. Bella Poldark: A Novel of Cornwall: 1818-1820 (2002)
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