Author Biographies: Winston Graham

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 DemelzaRoss 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.

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TV Shows From Books: Poldark

Winston Graham’s famous series, Poldark, is making a comeback with the popular television series that has recently ended its third season on PBS. If you’re looking for a gripping historical family saga, then Poldark is perfect for you!

The first novel in Graham’s twelve-book series is Ross Poldark, which the Aurora Public Library District has available as a physical copy as well as a digital copy from the Indiana Digital Download Center.

The title character has just returned home to England after the American Revolution to discover that the love of his life is now engaged to his cousin, his father is dead, and his home is in disarray. Ross Poldark must start over and make his own way in Cornwall by reopening the family tin mines. The twelve-book series spans family members and years, all the while gripping you with its characters, stories, and sweeping landscapes. The first seven novels are set in the eighteenth century, following main characters, with the final five novels set in the early nineteenth century and following main characters’ descendants.

The television series follows Graham’s novels closely, beginning with Season 1, which first aired in 2015, and Season 2, which first aired in 2016. While we have many of the titles available both as physical and digital copies, some are only available through our Interlibrary Loan services. Season 3 is set to air soon, with Season 4 episodes set to air in 2018.

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