Winston Graham was born Winston Grime on June 30, 1908 in Manchester, England. He changed his name to “Graham” after he began publishing his novels. At the age of seventeen, he moved the Cornwall where he lived for thirty-four years. He had always known he wanted to be a writer, so after his father died, his mother supported him while he wrote novels by hand and attempted to get them published. He published his first novel (a thriller), The House with the Stained Glass Windows, in 1925.
In 1939, he married Jean Williamson, whom he had known since she was thirteen years old. She helped him with book ideas and details until her death in 1992. It is said that his famous character Demelza, Ross Poldark’s wife, is based off of her. Graham died on July 10, 2003 in London at the age of ninety-five. His autobiography was published the same year as his death.
Graham is best-known for his Poldark series, a gripping family saga that begins just after the end of the American Revolution. The first book in the series was published in 1945, with the last book published in 2002. A remake of the popular television series has just finished its third season on PBS. In addition to the twelve-book series, Graham also published thirty-two additional titles in his lifetime. His books have been translated in twenty-seven languages.
The Aurora Public Library District owns copies of the first two seasons of the television show on DVD, as well as many of the books as physical and digital copies on the Indiana Digital Download Center. If there’s a title you want that we don’t have, we would be happy to get it for you through our Interlibrary Loan services.