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Ross Poldark

(The Poldark Saga #1)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  21,694 ratings  ·  2,406 reviews
In the first novel in Winston Graham’s hit series, a weary Ross Poldark returns to England from the American War of Independence (1783), looking forward to a joyful homecoming with his beloved Elizabeth. But instead he discovers his father has died, his home is overrun by livestock and drunken servants, and Elizabeth—believing Ross to be dead—is now engaged to his cousin. ...more
Paperback, Reprint Edition, 379 pages
Published June 9th 2015 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, Biblio.com 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)
Mecolvin12 This is the book the show is based on. I saw the show first, then read the book. There are enough differences that I still thoroughly enjoyed the book…moreThis is the book the show is based on. I saw the show first, then read the book. There are enough differences that I still thoroughly enjoyed the book and am looking forward to the next.(less)

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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Some of my friends in two different groups I'm in started reading this series so I thought, let me watch a little bit of the show on Amazon Prime. Um, yeah, then I decided I needed all of the books even though there is something going to happen that I didn't like but let the pictures do the talking =)





*******LET ME JUST SAY THERE WILL BE SPOILERS*******

Okay, so we have the beautiful Ross Poldark going off off to war thinking he would be coming home to his wonderful Elizabeth that he had fell in
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Jaline
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There are so many outstanding qualities within this first novel in a series of twelve. Thank you to Goodreads friend Candi for first introducing me to this series with her wonderful reviews. Thank you, too, for the inspiration from Goodreads friend Diane, who decided last year to read this series at the rate of one per month and whose reviews were a monthly reminder to finally start reading this series. I loved the idea of one per month for the entire year, and it became one of my first personal ...more
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
$1.99 Kindle sale, June 17, 2019. The 2nd and 3rd books in this series are also on sale, for $2.99.

Ross Poldark, published in 1945, tells the story of Ross, a British man in his twenties, from the time he returns from the war in America in 1783 until about four years later. It's the first of a series of a dozen Poldark books that has spawned a couple of BBC miniseries, one in 1975 and a remake in 2015:

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I think it's safe to say that Ross v. 2.0 was a serious upgrade. Even though someone at Cosmopo
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Maria
Mar 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3/5 Stars ⭐ ⭐⭐

“The greatest thing is to have someone who loves you and—and to love in return.”


This was a very charming book with very charming characters. I had watched the show before I started with this series so I knew the characters and the plot pretty well. I have to admit, this is literally the first time I like the show more than the book. It took me by surprise.

This book is about a man called Ross Poldark who after a grim war in America comes back to his home to find his father dead, th
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Candi
4.5 stars rounded up

"A wet October evening is depressing, but it drapes some soft shadows on the rough edges of ruin and decay. Not so the light of morning."

Captain Ross Poldark is eager to return to his land and his love after fighting for the British in the Revolutionary War. He is jolted into reality when he finds that with the death of his father, his property has been neglected and ruined, and that his beloved is now engaged to his cousin. It will require much hard work and determination if
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Mischenko
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is featured on this week's Shabby Sunday @ https://readrantrockandroll.com/2017/...

It’s 1783, and Ross Poldark is returning home after fighting in the American Revolutionary War. When he arrives he learns that his father is dead, his copper mine is failing, and his sweetheart Elizabeth, whom he loves, is engaged to his cousin Francis. Not only that, but the servants haven’t been keeping up with the estate, and it’s in shambles. His joyful homecoming is crushed and everything is a mess
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Matthew
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical fiction fans. Masterpiece Theater lovers.
Recommended to Matthew by: Julia Mclean
This was another audiobook with my wife. I love having the alternative to TV and it is cool that we have some similar interests in books so that it easy to find ones we both want to listen to.

3.5 to 4 Stars

A couple years ago, my wife’s parents got the 1970s version of the Poldark mini-series. This was in response to the popularity of Downton Abbey and they remembered watching it and enjoying it back in the day. I just thought it was a funny name and didn’t give it much thought. Then I found out
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Tracie Banister
Jun 28, 2014 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
Linda
Sep 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
"But in the depths of horror and despair one comes to a new steadiness. There is no farther to fall."

And I've fallen into the depths of this historical fiction series by Winston Graham. PBS has taken it to new heights in their offering which will debut Season 2 later in September.

Ross Poldark is a returning British soldier having served in America during the uprise of the Revolutionary War. March of 1783 brings news of his father's death. Setting foot upon this once beloved estate, Ross is conf
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Jill
Sep 19, 2007 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
Sara
4.5 rounded up.

I couldn’t resist this book...it has a picture of Aidan Turner on its cover. Seriously, I have loved watching the Poldark series on PBS and I find the book it is based on to be just as interesting and fulfilling. I will be reading the entire book series, although at what pace I am not sure.

Book 1 deals with Ross Poldark, who comes home to England (Cornwall, no less) from the American Revolution to find that his father has died, his land is in complete disrepair, and his love is ab
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Tim Vicary
Oct 09, 2011 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
Julio Genao
fuck this book.

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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

so

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
Diane Barnes
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Long story short, this book and the next five in the series have been on my shelves for 13 years. I remember when and where I bought them, but not why. This was way before the recent PBS series, and way before I joined GR, but I must have heard about them in some way. Despite being mass market paperbacks, I have lugged them around with me from house to house, from NC to SC, intending to read them at some point.

Last year I resolved to read any 2017 book purchase before year's end, and was fairly
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Jaylia3
Jul 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
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Anna
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
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Nenia ⭐ Literary Garbage Can ⭐ Campbell

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I was curious about this book before the TV show came out, but the TV show made me even more curious. Aidan Turner is gorgeous, and it seemed like PBS was running with Ross Poldark to compete with Starz's Outlander, albeit without all the torture and rape. A Georgian-era
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K
Jun 23, 2007 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
Kris - My Novelesque Life
I am a big fan of British mysteries, comedies and dramas so it is no surprise that I am a fan of Masterpiece Theater. I recorded Poldark when it appeared on PBS and enjoyed the series, but did find it a bit on the slow side. I heard that there was also another “mini-series” done in the 1970s. I knew that both were based on a book so I looked it up and saw that the first book was published in 1945 (post-world war II) and the last book was published in 2002. I was really curious in reading Ross Po ...more
Bettie
KERMIT FLAIL: re-visit 2015 via new BBC series





Episode 1 of 8: Cornwall, 1783. Ross Poldark returns from the battlefield to find his father dead, the estate in ruins and his sweetheart Elizabeth engaged to his cousin. On impulse, Ross rescues young urchin Demelza and resolves to forge a new life in the face of hostile forces.

Episode 2 of 8:Ross resolves to reopen his family mine with Francis. Demelza struggles to fit in at Nampara, and Verity makes an unsuitable match.

Episode 3/8: Ross celebrates
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Piper
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 second time around stars!!! Loved the re-read even more than the first.




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 a
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Laurel
Apr 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Lia
Oct 29, 2018 marked it as to-read
My mum loves the tv series so got herself this one and got a copy for me as well! Now I can read it and imagine Aidan Turner as I do *wink wink*
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Jeannie
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
4.5 I really enjoyed this, it was such a great escape! I have already ordered the 2nd book in the series.
Marialyce
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ross Poldark, how do I love thee, let me count the ways.

I had become enamored with the BBC series of Poldark. It is what spurred my desire to read the books that the series has been based upon. I have not been in the least disappointed with this the first book in the series written by Winston Graham.

In this novel, we encounter Ross Poldark newly returned from the war in the American colonies to find the love of his life, Elizabeth, engaged to his cousin, Frances, his father dead, and his estate
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debbicat ☮~Traveling Sister
Buddy read with some friends in The Reading for Pleasure Book Club.
I had not seen the series on Masterpiece - but, I had friends who liked it.
I joined the buddy read late. Everyone was already on to the second book. After I read some of the discussion I decided this might be something I would like, tho, it is not my typical read.
All of that said, I am hooked and in for the remainder of the series. I just loved this. The characters are so well fleshed out. You really get to know them. My favor
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Lucia
Feb 20, 2016 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!
Maddie
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was SO. GOOD. I'm 100% in love with the TV show, and I was surprised at how much this felt like watching the first half, when everything is good and Ross is first falling in love with Demelza.

Ross and Demelza are such an OTP, I can't wait to read (and watch) more!
Karen
Aug 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Again... just as wonderful. On to Demelza.
Brittany
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 Stars!!



Ross Poldark returns from war expecting to be reunited with his father, and the girl that holds his heart. But thats not the case. His father is dead, and Elizabeth is engaged to his cousin Francis. Fast Forward a little and he meets a girl named Demelza who changes everything.

I love these books and the show!! Its absolutely right up my alley with political agendas and soap opera style drama. This is very much a word book.. and what I mean by that is that the wording and the way it i
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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 (FRSL) and in 1983 was invested ...more

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