We must confess to having gone a little bit Poldark crazy here at Inspired Gift Ideas. There is something about Aiden Turner and the whole Cornish landscape that makes us quite weak at the knees. So we make no apology for this ultimate list of Poldark gifts.
Scythe-swooning Poldark Gifts
The original books by Winston Graham
Where better than to start with the original 12 books written by Winston Graham. He lived in Perranporth and the Poldark books were inspired by the area that includes Perranporth, St Agnes, Illogan and beyond. The first book was published in 1945 and the last in 2002, shortly before Graham’s death in 2003. So as well as a cracking story the 12 books give the reader insight into the development of the Author over more than 55 years.
Here we introduce the first of the 12 books – please scroll to the end of the page for the other 11.
The book that launched the whole Poldark phenomenon. The story starts in 1783 when Ross returns from the American War of Independence, fully expecting to reunite with Elizabeth Chynoweth, the sweetheart he left behind. He is devastated to find her engaged to his richer cousin, Francis Poldark. The family all believed him killed in the war.
Poldark TV and film adaptations
There have been a number of TV and film adaptations. The first BBC adaptation in the 1970s starred Robin Ellis and Angharad Rees. The current series stars Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson.
What can we say? This adaptation leaves us quite breathless. We are not sure if its the lovely Cornish scenery or the lovely scenery that does it. There is fantastic attention to detail and some fabulous shots of Cornwall. Great characters, beautifully acted. One of the best Poldark gifts.
This adaptation gets very mixed reviews. It takes up where the original 1970s series left off. We think its probably better to wait for Aiden to finish filming….and pick another of the Poldark gifts.
Other great Poldark gifts
This book has been updated by Winston Graham’s son Andrew and includes information on the first series of the recent BBC adaptation. The book has been described as a love letter to Cornwall, the county he made his home.
A Poldark-inspired colouring book, each stunning scene is full of intriguing detail to fire the imagination and make you reach for your colouring pencils. One of the best Poldark gifts to relax with.
A lavish companion book to the BBC 2015 adaptation. It takes the reader behind the scenes to the making of an 18th century period series. A brilliant Poldark gift that is on our Christmas lists.
Music from the first series can now be found in this Poldark CD. It features Eleanor Tomlinson singing folk songs including the song she Demelza sang on her first outing to Trenwith.
Enjoy your favourite characters throughout the year with this 2017 calendar. It features high quality photographs of the major characters along with some biographical details. Sadly no topless photos of Aidan. Maybe next year….
No list of Poldark gifts could be complete without an official Poldark mug. This is one of a selection, but our favourite as it features the iconic Charlestown Harbour.
And a last cheeky Christmas idea inspired by the last scene in the sixth episode of the second series. Surprise your other half with these stockings and re-enact the sexy scene between Ross and Demelza. Happy Christmas!
Why stay at home and read the books or watch the DVDs when you can head to Cornwall and experience the real thing?
Run by a local Cornish company, this four day experience will help you to discover the beautiful locations used in the filming of the BBC series in two tours. Relax in 5 star lodges at Gwel an Mor resort 10 minutes from the beach at Portreath. Enjoy your very own Poldark Ball at stunning Scorrier House in the heart of Poldark country.
Visit Cornwall have the inside track on all things Poldark. Visit their site and tailor your own Poldark experience and then surprise your loved one with a trip to remember for 2017.
The other 11 original Poldark books
Demelza and Ross are now married and this book follows their fortunes as Demelza spreads her wings in society and Ross begins a mining venture. These first two books for the basis for the first BBC series (2015/2016).
The story continues with Ross on trial for his life. His old passion for Elizabeth is still bubbling away in the background. Demelza meanwhile is dealing with tragedy and the possibility of losing her husband forever. The story just gets better…
The saga continues with Francis and Ross now working together. George Warleggan continues to rise within Cornish society, wielding power and influence. This book includes the controversial scene from Season Two between Ross and Elizabeth.
The birth of a son to Elizabeth and George Warleggan serves only to accentuate the rift between Ross and George. When Morwenna Chynoweth, now governess to Elizabeth’s eldest son, grows to love Drake Carne, Demelza’s brother, the enduring rivalry between George and Ross finds a new focus.
The four swans of the title represent the four most important women in Ross’s life. His wife Demelza, Elizabeth his childhood sweetheart, Dwight Enys’s new wife Caroline and Morwenna Chynoweth all face difficult times and crises in this book.
Ross is now a Member of Parliament and divides his time between London and Cornwall. His family continues to grow and thrive and his feud with George Warleggan is never far away.
The eighth novel in the series begins after an eleven year gap and turns its attentions to the Poldark children, and how their lives are developing. Winston Graham continues to tell a cracking story and we also keep up with Ross and Demelza.
The ninth book in the Poldark series brings more of the lives of the Poldark children (but could their be another child coming for Ross and Demelza?) Jeremy Poldark continues his fight for Cuby Trevanion while Clowance has romance issues of her own.
Cornwall 1813. A silver cup lies half-forgotten in a cave, among a pile of stolen goods. The tiny vessel and its inscription Amor gignit amorem haunts the lives of the Poldark and Warleggan families. Will Jeremy’s secret be found out? And what will be the consequences?
In the penultimate Poldark novel Ross must travel to France and he becomes swept up in the events surrounding Napoleon. We draw ever closer to Waterloo….
The final novel in the series sees some stories finished, but leaves us as always wanting more. The novel focuses on the fortunes of Bella Poldark, but the other characters are never far away. A brilliant ending to this triumphant series.
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