Memoirs of a Private Man

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Winston Graham's memoirs have been consigned to his safe for years. Here, at last, they are shared with his readers in a remarkable book, free of what he called 'the fashionable sins', but rich in charm and anecdote. Memoirs of a Private Man follows the rise of a delicate Manchester lad from the isolation of Cornwall to fame and the glittering London film scene. Its pages are peopled by luminaries, among them Alfred Hitchcock, who turned Graham's best-selling novel, Marnie , into a classic film, Gregory Peck, and Somerset Maugham.

Graham's is a life of success, often excess, yet he never loses sight of its foundations: his love of his wife Jean, companion of fifty years, and his love of words. His memoirs offer an insight into the unassuming side of the writer whose bestselling novels and their television adaptations have won over the hearts of millions.

About Winston Graham

Winston Mawdsley Graham OBE was an English novelist, best known for the series of historical novels about the Poldarks. Graham was born in Manchester in 1908, but moved to Perranporth, Cornwall when he was seventeen. His first novel, The House with the Stained Glass Windows was published in 1933. His first 'Poldark' novel, Ross Poldark, was published in 1945, and was followed by eleven further titles, the last of which, Bella Poldark, came out in 2002. The novels were set in Cornwall, especially in and around Perranporth, where Graham spent much of his life, and were made into a BBC television series in the 1970s. It was so successful that vicars moved or cancelled church services rather than try to hold them when Poldark was showing.

Aside from the Poldark series, Graham's most successful work was Marnie, a thriller which was filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1964. Hitchcock had originally hoped that Grace Kelly would return to films to play the lead and she had agreed in principle, but the plan failed when the principality of Monaco realised that the heroine was a thief and sexually repressed. The leads were eventually taken by Tippi Hedren and Sean Connery. Five of Graham's other books were filmed, including The Walking Stick, Night Without Stars and Take My Life. Graham wrote a history of the Spanish Armadas and an historical novel, The Grove of Eagles, based in that period. He was also an accomplished writer of suspense novels. His autobiography, Memoirs of a Private Man, was published by Macmillan in 2003. He had completed work on it just weeks before he died. Graham was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and in 1983 was honoured with the OBE.

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Books by Winston Graham

The Grove of Eagles
The Grove of Eagles
Poldark's Cornwall
Poldark's Cornwall
Demelza
Demelza
The Ugly Sister
The Ugly Sister
Cordelia
Cordelia
The Merciless Ladies
The Merciless Ladies
The Forgotten Story
The Forgotten Story
The Japanese Girl
The Japanese Girl
The Spanish Armadas
The Spanish Armadas
The Green Flash
The Green Flash
Night Without Stars
Night Without Stars
The Sleeping Partner
The Sleeping Partner
The Walking Stick
The Walking Stick
Angell, Pearl and Little God
Angell, Pearl and Little God
Woman in the Mirror
Woman in the Mirror
Stephanie
Stephanie
Tremor
Tremor
The Little Walls
The Little Walls
Greek Fire
Greek Fire
Night Journey
Night Journey
Cameo
Cameo
The Tumbled House
The Tumbled House
After the Act
After the Act
Take My Life
Take My Life
Fortune is a Woman
Fortune is a Woman
Marnie
Marnie
The Stranger From The Sea
The Stranger From The Sea
The Loving Cup
The Loving Cup
Bella Poldark
Bella Poldark
The Angry Tide
The Angry Tide
The Twisted Sword
The Twisted Sword
The Miller's Dance
The Miller's Dance
The Four Swans
The Four Swans
The Black Moon
The Black Moon
Jeremy Poldark
Jeremy Poldark
Ross Poldark
Ross Poldark
Warleggan
Warleggan