Companion book exploring the characters, the stories and the era that Winston Graham and the TV series set out to recreate. The England that Ross Poldark returned to from the American War of Independence and especially Cornwall was marked by social unrest and a deep division between rich and poor. It was a place of tin mines and shipwrecks, of new money versus old, of harsh justice and great kindness. And, above all, it was a place that inspired Winston Graham’s beloved novels. It also has lots of colour pictures of Aidan Turner for the less historically inclined.
Josephine Tey was the pen-name of Elizabeth MacKintosh (1896-1952). Born in Inverness, MacKintosh lived several ‘lives’: best known as Golden Age Crime Fiction writer Josephine Tey, she was also successful novelist and playwright Gordon Daviot. If you have recently read Nicola Upson’s The death of Lucy Kyte you may be interested to find out more about the lady who inspired her series of books.
Discovered in 1942 at West Row near Mildenhall, the Mildenhall Treasure is one of the most important collections of Late Roman silver tableware from the Roman Empire. This title features some of the finest pieces of Roman craftsmanship known from throughout the Roman Empire. It offers new perspectives on the Treasure and its significance within the wider Roman world.
Christmas around the village green: in a WWII 1940s rural village, family means the world at Christmastime by Dot May Dunn
Dot May Dunn grew up in Derbyshire, the daughter of a miner, during the wartime years. Dot’s books are full of wonderful anecdotes about the life that she has experienced, written with warmth and humour. Centred on Christmas during war-time, this book focuses on community spirit and the sense of coming together and supporting each other.
A treat for all cat lovers. Heather Cook spent 30 years as the homing officer for Woking Branch of Cats Protection and this has afforded her an endless supply of cats that could variously be described as ‘past their sell-by date’, ‘off-the-wall’ or ‘damaged’. This book documents the special felines who have taken up residence at her home (Tresta Towers).
Ben Elton is one of Britain’s most provocative and entertaining writers. He has written 14 major bestsellers, including Dead Famous, High Society, The First Casualty and Two Brothers. He has also written some of TV’s most popular and incisive comedy, including The Young Ones and Blackadder.