From the Protagonist's Bookshelf (Pt.21): Demelza Poldark

The Cornish Coast Near St. Ives 29 September 2010 by Phillip Capper. Courtesy of WikiMedia Commons.

From the Protagonist's Bookshelf (Pt.21): Demelza Poldark

Blog post by Debbie
Monday, September 25, 2017

Set on the rugged coast of Cornwall during the 18th and 19th centuries, Poldark is a romantic, adventure-filled family saga. Demelza Poldark, Ross’s wife, is the heart of the series.

The life that Ross leads requires a partner with strength, passion and resourcefulness; qualities he recognizes in Demelza. Ross defies social conventions to marry Demelza. At first, she struggles to reconcile her lower class background with her new life as a gentlewoman but she is determined to prove her worth and her love to her husband (fueled also by the knowledge that Ross still has feelings for his ex-fiance Elizabeth).  

Winston Graham wrote the novels off and on over the course of fifty years. The series was first adapted for television in 1975 and was a popular hit in England and America; now it is being revived for modern audiences. The series follows the couple through the turbulent years of war, social strife and family feuds. Whatever the challenges they face, they share a love for the land, the mines and the people who work it. Here are a few titles you might find on Demelza’s book shelf at Nampara.


This blog post is one in a series highlighting the diverse collection of materials through the imagined reading lists for fictional characters and authors. Search the From the Protagonist's Bookshelf for more reading lists.