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Ross Poldark (The Poldark Saga #1)

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A gorgeous new release of the heartwarming and hilarious first novel in the Poldark series, the subject of the landmark BBC series

Ross Poldark is a heartwarming, gripping, and utterly entertaining saga that brings to life an unforgettable cast of characters and one of the greatest love stories of our age.

Ross Poldark returns to Cornwall from war, looking forward to a joyfu
Paperback, 314 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by Sourcebooks Landmark (first published 1945)
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Thayer Berlyn The best editions are published out of the UK. The first two books, "Ross Poldark" and "Demelza" are missing a percentage of text in the U.S.…moreThe best editions are published out of the UK. The first two books, "Ross Poldark" and "Demelza" are missing a percentage of text in the U.S. publications...something like 14% or 17%. I can't remember exactly. I was fortunate in that my Grandfather had the first three books, which are Ward & Lock 1st edition hardcovers (1945-50) published in the UK, and which I inherited many years ago among the other books in his library. I ordered all of the remaining titles out of the UK in hardcover.

If you are interested in hardcover editions, specifically, has an outstanding collection of books, from the rare to the easily available, Graham novels notwithstanding. Ebay is also an option if you want to find UK editions, paperback or hardcover, that you can buy without bidding. It's all a matter of cost comparison. There is nothing wrong with editions printed in the U.S., but I would at least purchase the first two out of the UK.(less)
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Tracie Banister
Jun 28, 2014 Tracie Banister rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been hearing a lot about the new Poldark TV-series that's being filmed for the BBC and thought the multi-generational saga sounded like something I'd enjoy, so I decided to give the first book a read. I'm so glad I did! I was instantly drawn into the story of Ross Poldark, the young officer who returns to Cornwall after fighting in the Revolutionary War, sporting a scar on his face and a limp, to find that his father is dead, his family home is in ruins, and his love, the beautiful and gent ...more
Sep 19, 2007 Jill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These books are totally under-rated. Although they may be slightly trashy Pre-Victorian love stories, so was Jane Eyre when it was written. Graham is a very good writer and these books are full of powerful and descriptive pros which ignite the imagination - even if said imagination is that of a hopeless romantic who watches too much Masterpiece Theater and too many Lifetime movies. As the title suggests, it is a saga - melodramatic like 'Gone with the Wind,' but like 'Gone with the Wind' it is g ...more
fuck this book.


fuck this show

fuck the day this story shat on my life

i don't care how hot this character is

or wossiname from being human

who always kinda looked like a concussed goat to me anyway

all i know is

this one time this fictional person was more important than

anything i am or could ever be or

could ever have lost


this shit

right here

can die in a dumpster fire

surrounded by solemn hobos

and like four confused hipsters who think they're at bonnaroo

the end
Tim Vicary
Jan 07, 2012 Tim Vicary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This site is called Goodreads and this book, together with the eleven other Poldark novels which follow it, is one of the best reads you could possibly find. Winston Graham is not just a good writer - he is in in my view a great writer. He has all the gifts and skills you could possibly want in a novelist: he creates wonderful, well-drawn characters, he has a brilliant, accurate ear for dialogue, he writes beautiful, concise description, he creates dramatic, page-turning plots - what more could ...more
Jun 30, 2007 K rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I used to think I hated historical fiction; I've since realized that what I hate is bad historical fiction. In a lot of the historical fiction books I've read, it seemed as if the author hated to waste the hours spent researching the period and instead, chose to incorporate what they'd read in lengthy text-book style asides about contextual events which really detracted from the novel itself. However, since forming that impression I've read some excellent historical fiction (e.g., "Year of Wonde ...more
Rating 3.5 stars

The BBC recently aired their new version of Poldark, and whilst I and a nation of women went gaga for the brooding and shirtless Aidan Turner (oh dear God *drool*), I also adored the beautiful Eleanor Tomlinson and the sizzling chemistry they had together. When Ross and Demelza fell first in passion (the dress scene *swoon*) and then in love (the singing scene *sigh*), so did I with them. Just gorgeous.

Away from the TV show, the first book in the series, Ross Poldark, took a whi
Jul 31, 2015 Jaylia3 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
I have a shameful confession. Other than a few notable exceptions (Tolstoy, Anthony Trollope, Jasper Fforde) I rarely enjoy fiction written by men. I can’t even discuss it without resorting to stereotypes I would resent if it was women being lumped together, but if I was forced to say something it would be that even when I’m intrigued by the stories male authors have to tell, their characterizations, particularly of women, tend to make my skin crawl.

So while I’ve been eagerly awaiting each TV ep
Feb 02, 2016 Piper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The sun had gone down, and the brows of the sky were dark.

And Ross again knew himself to be happy- in a new and less ephemeral way than before.

He thought, If we could only stop life for a while I would stop here. Not when I get home, not leaving Trenwith, but here, here reaching the top of the hill out of Sawle, dusk wiping out the edges of the land and Demelza walking and humming at my side.

This has been such a fabulous audiobook and I am quickly moving on to the second. I began this journey by
Feb 08, 2016 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

At first glance, it is easy to see why some modern readers might overlook Ross Poldark, the primogenial novel in Winston Graham’s The Novels of Cornwall family saga. Originally published in 1945, most seventy-year-old books are now long forgotten. Its main character is a man—when to appeal to its primary audience most historical fiction is carried by a female protagonist. The setting can be off putting too. It begins in 1783, a difficult and depressing time in English history after the loss of t ...more
Feb 29, 2016 Lucia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Ross Poldark is historical drama/romance that reads as realistic historical fiction not as romantic chic-lit. It has very realistic feel to it, mainly because all characters are flawed, multi-dimensional and brilliantly written. I really liked that. I will take grey character over one-dimensional one any day.

I love historical family sagas and Poss Poldark is a promising start to Poldark series. I definitely plan t read next books very soon!
Mar 12, 2014 Dorcas marked it as did-not-finish
At 122 pages I'm bailing. It may be that I'm just not in the mood. I did enjoy the humor at the beginning but after a while the story kind of dragged. I was hoping to feel a bit more invested in the characters as well but it never really happened for me. oh well. Cant win them all. But looking at all the 5 star reviews I think there might be something wrong with

The shame is that I own the first three books in the series (with the nice covers) and now don't know if I'll ever read them...
Kimberly Carrington-Fox
Una agradable sorpresa, especialmente por el modo de narrar la historia, muy ágil y sin entretenerse en dar excesivos detalles.
Me ha encantado Ross, es el tipo de hombre que levanta una ceja y me sube las enaguas hasta las orejas.
Muy recomendable si quieres unas enaguas no guarrers pero con un protagonista digno de ellas.
Jul 23, 2015 Ceri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
This review was first published on Babblings of a Bookworm: http://babblingsofabookworm.blogspot....

I live in the UK, where the mini-series of Poldark was screened earlier this year. I recorded it, but I still haven't watched it, even now. I wanted to read the books first, so I can imagine things without being too influenced by somebody else's interpretation. I was so pleased to be given the opportunity to take part in this blog tour so I could read the first two books in the Poldark saga, which
Misfit, I think you will love this saga....The first Poldark novel. This saga continues with Demelza, Jeremy Poldark, Waeleggan....
Maria Grazia
I blame Ross Poldark for ...

I hadn’t read any of the books from the Poldark saga before the new adaptation started on BBC1, though I had been totally smitten by the original series back in the 70s. I was just a kid who was beginning to learn English as a foreign language at school at that time and my love for everything British is, for sure, a result of Robin Ellis’s good looks and Ross Poldark’s charm as a character. My interest in Jane Austen's novels came soon after.

However, I bought the firs
I re-read this recently so that I could write a review for a blog tour of the reissued novel that was tied into the airing of the new BBC adaptation.

4.5 stars

Ross Poldark was originally published in 1945 and is the first in what turned into a series of twelve books featuring the Poldark family and their friends, tenants and neighbours spanning a period of almost forty years, from 1783 To 1820. The final Poldark novel, Bella Poldark, was published in 2002, the year before the author’s death.

4.5 stars. I loved it! It was a bit slow in the very beginning but once Ross decided to stop brooding and start making his own life, it picked up for me. Terrific picture of day to day lives and loves in 1700s Cornwall for both the privileged and the poor. Can't wait to see where it goes from here!
Aug 23, 2015 Jeanette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having read the first two books of this series before, I revisited this one after the current PBS series brought it back to mind. It's excellent. Not only terrific locale feel but the depth of the characterizations for so many numerous principles or secondary personalities just shine and flow. You get the flaws as well as the valued qualities. This reminded me that Elizabeth is a thin and fair haired woman. LOL! I remember the first Poldark BBC version and she fit that description perfectly, and ...more
Jul 23, 2015 LemonLinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ross Poldark is a British officer who returns to Cornwall after having served in the Revolutionary War only to find his home in ruins, his father is deceased, his intended is engaged to his cousin and his life seems to be falling apart. His uncle encourages him to go elsewhere but he is determined to pick up the pieces and make a new beginning. Demelza is the young girl who he rescues from a fight in town and an abusive father to work as a servantin his household. Will she evolve into other aspe ...more
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Ross Poldark returns to his home in Cornwall, England after the Revolutionary War expecting to pick up where he left off a few years ago. He had an informal understanding with his girlfriend Elizabeth and it appeared she was going to wait for him. Instead he returns home to the fact that his father has died, his family's home is in shambles and Elizabeth is now engaged to Ross's cousin, Francis. He has two choices: he can start over somewhere else or pick up the pieces here in Cornwall. Of cours ...more
Kate Sherrod
Apr 15, 2013 Kate Sherrod rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first encountered the romantic (and Romantic) figure of Ross Poldark, veteran of the British side of the American Revolutionary War, on television, via the glorious BBC adaptation that PBS aired when I was a kid. I knew that someday I'd have to get my hands on these books to read them, because I could just tell that stuff was getting left out.

Oddly, though, this does not seem to be the case, much; the television show has proven to be very faithful to the books, or at least to this first one*.
Rebecca Huston
Set in Cornwall at the end of the eighteenth century, this novel introduces the Poldark family. Most of the story revolves around Ross Poldark, returning home from the Revolutionary war, scarred and limping, only to find out that his father has died and his home in a shambles. Worse still, his engagement with the beautiful Elizabeth Chenowith has ended with her getting ready to marry Ross' cousin, Francis. Facing reality, Ross starts to rebuild his life, and a new person enters his life -- the w ...more
With the build up of excitement about the latest TV adaption's release on Masterpiece Theater, I was ecstatic when the opportunity came to read the books on which the Poldark series is based. My anticipation was high and I was not to be disappointed. I was pulled in to experience the author's 18th Cornwall right alongside his captivating characters in the sweeping saga that begins in this book. Atmospheric, authentic, gritty, and hopeful against a backdrop of trouble times, smoldering family sit ...more
Sonya Heaney
Five stars because I really enjoyed it and I immediately started book two, rather than because it's perfect.

I’m one of those people who saw the show before reading the books, so I didn’t know how happy I was going to be with the source material. It turns out that the first book in the Poldark series is a bit of a slow burn at first, but before you know it you’ve been drawn into this little corner of Cornwall, and you care about the characters too much to put it down.

Ross Poldark, a man of twenty
Review at Historical Readings & Reviews

After being wounded while fighting in the American Revolutionary War, Ross Poldark returns home to Cornwall, England to find his father dead, his sweetheart engaged to his spoiled cousin, his estate in ruins, and that everyone believed him dead in Virginia. But it takes more than that to keep Ross Poldark down, and he determines to rebuild his life almost entirely from scratch.

The BBC love Poldark - they made a TV series of it in 1975 and now they are r
Apr 02, 2008 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
If you like a really long saga, this is the series for you. The Poldark saga takes place in Cornwall and tells the story of the Poldark family through several generations. Excellent reading and in depth development of each persons characteristics and values. I loved these books and would recommend them to anyone who loves historical fiction.
Me ha gustado mucho más de lo que esperaba al no tratarse de un libro específicamente de romance. Ross Poldark, es un protagonista de esos que dejan huella sobre el que no quieres dejar de leer. Le veo muchas posibilidades a la historia por lo que pienso seguir con la saga en breve.
Mar 09, 2015 Christine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this series in the 1990s. Must read them again :)
Lauren Stoolfire
Ross Poldark has just returned to his home in England from the American Revolution, eager to be reunited with his love, Elizabeth. He quickly discovers that his father has died, the family mine has ceased operation, his home has been overrun by livestock and their old drunken servants, and, worst of all, Elizabeth has gotten engaged to his cousin, Francis. Ross will have to begin his life from anew.

The main reason I wanted to begin Winston Graham's Poldark Saga was because I really enjoyed watch
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Winston Graham was the author of forty novels. His books have been widely translated and the Poldark series has been developed into two television series, shown in 22 countries. Six of Winston Graham's books have been filmed for the big screen, the most notable being Marnie, directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Winston Graham was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and in 1983 was awarded the O.B ...more
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The Poldark Saga (1 - 10 of 12 books)
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  • Jeremy Poldark (Poldark, #3)
  • Warleggan (Poldark, #4)
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“The case is closed, Mr. Poldark. You will kindly step down.” “Otherwise,” said Dr. Halse, “we will have you committed for contempt of court.” Ross bowed slightly. “I can only assure you, sir, that such a committal would be a reading of my inmost thoughts.” 15 likes
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