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Ward, Lock & Co - 1945 First Edition

I’m starting with a romance.  It’s raining and windy outside which are very suitable conditions while looking at the classic Cornish romance, Ross Poldark. The rain lashing against the window makes me think of a large armchair; a roaring open fire and Demelza eagerly removing Ross’s knee high leather boots.  Well, you would be, wouldn’t you. I remember watching the BBC series with my mother in the 1970’s and caught most of the re-runs a decade later, realising then what all the fuss was about.  The credits roll as waves crash against the cliffs and our hero (Robin Ellis) stands with unruly hair blowing in the wind. The series is full of wild and rugged Cornish scenery. There is hardship, betrayal, lust, greed, rivalry (between Poldark and George Warleggon, the late great Ralph Bates) and of course, love. As if all this isn’t exciting enough, we are given smugglers, shipwrecks and the dank and dangerous tin mines.Winston Graham

The series was very true to the novels of Winston Graham. Graham, born in 1908, lived most of his life in Perranporth, Cornwall, and wrote several novels before his first Poldark story. He was also an accomplished author of suspense novels and had several works made into films, including the Hitchcock classic, ‘Marnie’.  His autobiography was published in 2003, the year he died.

So there it is, book number one, and aptly the first edition, first impression of the first novel of the series.  Printed on war standard paper, it’s not much of a looker (unlike our hero) but a fantastic read and you can buy this book from my Ebay store by clicking on either book image below. So pour yourself a glass of wine (or have the help do it), curl up by the fire in your armchair  and enjoy. SORRY, NOW SOLD

Ward, Lock & Co. 1945 First Edition

Ward, Lock & Co. 1945 First Edition