The Sleeping Partner

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‘When someone isn’t home when you expect them to be, and when after a decent interval they still don’t turn up, and send no message and have left no note, it’s natural to get anxious. But there’s still a lack of decisive event. Your ears are all the time waiting for the lick of the door, the quick familiar footsteps, and the breathless apology.

So I didn’t do anything more to find her that night.’

Why has Lynn Granville left her husband Michael? Because he is never at home? Because at work Michael has an extremely attractive new assistant whose marriage has its own problems? Or because she herself has created a new life that does not involve him. And why are the police taking such a criminal view on what surely must be a domestic case . . . ?

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

Poldark's Cornwall
Poldark's Cornwall
Ross Poldark
Ross Poldark
The Ugly Sister
The Ugly Sister
Cordelia
Cordelia
The Merciless Ladies
The Merciless Ladies
The Forgotten Story
The Forgotten Story
Memoirs of a Private Man
Memoirs of a Private Man
The Japanese Girl
The Japanese Girl
The Spanish Armadas
The Spanish Armadas
The Green Flash
The Green Flash
The Grove of Eagles
The Grove of Eagles
Night Without Stars
Night Without Stars
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
Warleggan
Warleggan
Demelza
Demelza
Jeremy Poldark
Jeremy Poldark