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.
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.
This beautiful edition of The Poldark Cookery Book, by author Winston Graham’s wife, Jean M. Graham, presents the recipes and the wherewithal for you to cook up your very own Poldark feast.
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 calendar. It features high quality photographs of the major characters along with some biographical details. Sadly no topless photos of Aidan. Maybe next year….
Filled with official, iconic images from BBC One’s Poldark series one and two, The Poldark Colouring Book by Gwen Burns allows you to recreate the world of Poldark by colouring the pages in your own unique style.
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!
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