It was interesting to read the story behind the TV adaptations of this novel Reading the thoughts of Ross and Demelza adds to one s understanding of the characters motivations I m glad I read the book but I ll read something s else before I return to tead the next one in the series TBH I preferred the trilogy written by Crosbie Garstin It s better written as evidenced by its being part of the Penzance Literary Festival and the story is fast paced and wide ranging than The Poldark series. Cornwall In The S When Powerful Forces Of Revolution And Reaction Are At Large In The World The First In The Riveting Poldark Series Tired From A Grim War In America, Ross Poldark Returns To His Land And His Family But The Joyful Homecoming He Has Anticipated Turns Sour, For His Father Is Dead, His Estate Is Derelict, And The Girl He Loves Is Engaged To His Cousin But His Sympathy For The Destitute Miners And Farmers Of The District Leads Him To Rescue A Half Starved Urchin Girl From A Fairground Brawl And Take Her Home An Act Which Alters The Whole Course Of His Life I loved the new series and had never seen the original series or even heard of Winston Graham What a joy to discover that his books are even better than the television series Winston is a superb writer easy to read but has such depth of wisdom, and brings to life Cornwall in the 1700s and all the wonderful characters of his stories He is especially good at understanding the fundamental differences between male and female, injecting humour along with pathos, and bringing enlightenment even to the modern reader about how we are to relate to each other I am now collecting the entire set of books and each one is just as wonderful to read, especially if you love to escape the modern world and retreat to glorious Cornwall, as I do These publications are well produced, the print is just right not too small and lovely chunky reads. Bought after watching the BBC series, a really good read and fills you in on things that didn t quite make sense, like Demelza originally being thirteen and the dress scene where she tells him she s not able to undue it, she says stop because of the lie, this all fits together better, and shows her in a better light It gives a greater depth to the storey which did seem a little hurried, and that it seemed to happen in a very short time I guess this was because of financial constraints and some have said also modern audiences haven t the attention span Will read all the other books as this seems so enticing the characters so real and identifiable even today, Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson are Ross and Demelza , I m just very glad the BBC have brought Poldark to our screens, so that I found these wonderful books. I darkly remember the first TV series of Poldark when I was still new to this country I have watched the early episodes again and read with pleasure the novel and its sequels The only reservation I have, is that Ross Poldark does not cover enough of the Poldark story which is continued in Demelza and Jeremy Poldark So 3 books are needed to tell the story I am still reading Jeremy Poldark and am assuming this leads to a closure of the story I enjoyed the novels and it is interesting to hear the dialect of the local Cornish. This is a wonderful book, started watching the bbc version and was so hooked, I just had to buy the books to try and see if the origional story was anywhere near the tv version even if it eas just to see what could be happening next What I found was, a very entertaining, and surprisingly funny book, which I wasnt expecting Just lovely Am now working my way through the second book The thing I like about books, over films, is that you get to know the why s and the unexplained feelings or events that transpire inbetween the exciting cliffhanger heartwarming stuff Excellent book, worth buying, dont hesitate Ross Poldark is a wonderful story,the beginning of a terrific saga of twelve great books.Once you have read the first one you want to read.A story of romance, courage,historical fact all interwoven with magical characters totally believable,nothing remotely far fetched.All the characters ,their big houses,their cottages,the mines,all aspects of living in the 18th century,the poverty and the grandeur ,even the illnesses they suffer are so brilliantly described one feels as though you are actually in the story itself.The much loved Ross and Demelza will find their place in literary history for centuries to come. In the first book in the series Ross Poldark returns home from the war in America In his absence his father had died and Elizabeth how he thought he would marry has just got engaged to his cousin Francis.This is the first book of Winston Graham s that I have read and it didn t disappoint The story is descriptive and the characters well defined and strong.An enjoyable read and I am all ready looking forward to reading the next book in the series.