Demelza, I had heard the sad news about Angharad Rees. Such a shame.
Thanks for letting me know about the other WG sites. I've looked at the Facebook one and 'liked' the page (I don't use Twitter)Some amazing pics of Cornwall on that page. Those of the stormy seas highlight the difficulties the folk in that part of the country have been experiencing lately. My heart goes out to those who have been affected by the weather and floods, both in Cornwall and elsewhere in the country.
I have now finished the first book of the Poldark series and have really enjoyed re-reading it. I've spent the last couple of days mulling it over in my mind before I begin the next one.
"I've only followed the devices and desires of my own heart"
Kerenza wrote:Demelza,The forthcoming new TV series was another delightful surprise I gleaned from this site - I had no idea it was planned. It will be wonderful to raise the profile of WG's Poldark books and introduce them to a new generation, although TV adaptations always make me nervous, in case they cast actors who don't do justice to 'my vision' of the characters I have become so attached to over the years. I've got to say that I think the BBC did a brilliant casting job in the mid 70's Series, though some of the plot changes were not to my liking.(Yours is a fab name and pic - I didn't realise Demelza was a place name, I just assumed it was an old Cornish name)
The forthcoming new TV series was another delightful surprise I gleaned from this site - I had no idea it was planned. It will be wonderful to raise the profile of WG's Poldark books and introduce them to a new generation, although TV adaptations always make me nervous, in case they cast actors who don't do justice to 'my vision' of the characters I have become so attached to over the years. I've got to say that I think the BBC did a brilliant casting job in the mid 70's Series, though some of the plot changes were not to my liking.(Yours is a fab name and pic - I didn't realise Demelza was a place name, I just assumed it was an old Cornish name)
Yes, we are all hoping that this time, they stick to the story! Personally I thought Angharad Rees did a lovely job as Demelza, but I always wanted to see a dark-haired Demelza. BTW did you know that Angharad sadly passed away a little while ago?As for how WG came up with her name, yes, it was from that little 'blink and you miss it' village....you can see me standing next to the sign in my profile pic. After you finish reading the last books, try to get hold of his autobiography "Memoirs of a Private Man' - you will love it. It gives a lot of insight into how Poldark came about. There is so much more for you to read! There are two Poldark short stories too....we will tell you about those when you are ready (I would say visit the threads but am worried you might come across some spoilers!). Finally, not sure if you know this - if you are on Facebook or Twitter, some of us moderate Winston Graham sites there - you can see the link at the top of this page on the right....
A passionate child rolling in the dust with her ugly dog; a girl driving oxen; a woman....Did anything else matter?
Ooh, I didn't know that, Mrs Gimlett. I remember Rowella (who could forget her?!) and Garlanda (I think?) I'll no doubt come across all their names as I work my way through the books again from the beginning - still reading Book 1 at present.
Having seen some of the pictures of the storms and waves down Nampara way, I bet you needed a stiff brandy or two (hope Jud hadn't been drinkin' out o' the decanter aforehand, though!)
Hoping you are all safe and sound that way - with no wrecks and pickins' for all this year,
Welcome, Kerenza , from the last and least in the forum. I be al'ays seeing for the master and mistress in Nampara kitchen, so news filters down but slowly. Isn't Carenza one of Morwenna's sisters? One of the silent characters, like most of Demelza's brothers and some of the Archer's (radio 4) characters!
The mellingey stream be fair ranting past an' you should have seen the sea. Mr Ross give us all a glass of brandy to keep us calm when the big waves started. Tis somethin' dreadful.
Enjoy all those wonderful books, especially the last two. We look forward to discussing them with you in due course.
Thanks for your warm welcome, everyone - what a welcoming and friendly site this is.
I'm glad to see you are also re-discovering the delights of reading all the books again. Although the main story lines and some more memorable passages have stayed in my mind, it's amazing to discover how much I have forgotten. I began the first book yesterday and stayed awake far too long reading last night - once I begin, I find it hard to break off! (By the way, I love your Starry Gazey Pie pic)
I love your name too ... purrrr!
I must admit I was a bit stumped when it came to choosing a name. As a 'newbie', I felt it may be considered presumptious of me to choose a character from one of the books but I wanted a Cornish name. Coming from the opposite end of the country, I'm no expert on Cornish names but I think Kerenza is a girl's name, meaning "Love" ? (Hope someone will correct me if I'm wrong!)
I've only just dicovered that I can view other folk's Profile Information on here - it came as a surprise to find that there are quite a few Poldark Aficionados in Australia.
Looking forward to chatting with you all around the site.
Hello Kerenza, I too love your name! As the others have said, you have so much to enjoy of the other books, and of course the new TV adaptation is nigh... Welcome.
Hello - and welcome! I've only recently joined myself but have found many interesting nuggets on here!
I, too, am re-reading the books and am up to the Angry Tide. I am still finding them so gripping, tears have been shed...
Enjoy discovering them again, and enjoy finishing the story off with the last two...
Please, share your thoughts as you re-read, it's nice to be able to discuss something I feel passionate about with like-minded people!! And hearing their views!
Thanks for your kind welcome, Ross & Namparagirl.
Thanks for your warning about venturing into the forums, Ross. I'll tread carefully - although, as I plan to start right from the beginning again, it may take me some time!
As I have just retired, I will indeed sit back and enjoy my reading, Namparagirl - not sure about the coffee, though - every time I start reading or watching Poldark, I get the urge to reach for the bottle of port or sherry.
In fact, I started the first book this afternoon and have already downed a couple of glasses of sherry - I'll have turned into a toper by the time I've finished!
Bye for now ... I'm off back to Ross ....
Hi Kerenza very nice name and a warm welcome to the forum you're certainly going to be in good company !
Even though you've read 10 books I would most definitely resist looking at any of the forums until you've read the last two books as you'll only ever get the one chance, also if you ever see the word "Spoiler" don't read any further just leave immediately. I remember quite a few others besides myself down the years being very, very disappointed at not being warned in advance about some major event, so savour the next few weeks in full and make a note if you wish of your immediate thoughts at every stage, so that you can post them when you've finished. Then they'll always be fresh and new to look back on one day.
Look forward to hearing how things progress of course....!
"Perfection is a full stop .... Ever the climbing but never the attaining Of the mountain top." W.G.
Hi Kerenza, a big, warm welcome to the forum where I'm sure you will be a very happy and much valued member. How wonderful for you to find that there is still some of the wondrous Poldark story to discover, I am slightly envious of the fact that you have so many delights left to savour.
Don't worry about the housework, the dust will continually settle however hard we wage war against it. Pop the kettle on, settle down with a cup of coffee and do what makes your soul happy! Enjoy! ..... and I look forward to chatting here about your thoughts and feelings on the last two books, as well as so much more.
Warm wishes from Namps
Tide was nearly full. Mist lay in a grey scarf along the line of the cliffs. .. and they walked home hand in hand through the slanting shadows of the new darkness.
Thanks for your warm welcome, Bella.
I promise not to take a sneaky look at any threads that will spoil the last two books for me.
In fact, I am now torn between reading through some of the other interesting threads on here or getting straight into re-reading the earlier books - I predict that housework will take a back seat for quite a while!
Hi Kerenza, welcome to our lovely group....
Despite being what I thought was the biggest Poldark fan in the whole wide world lol, I too discovered that Bella had been written without my knowledge.....this was some years ago now, and like you, I was excited beyond words....but in order to read it I had to re-read all the earlier novels first. Do not flick through any pages, nor take a sneaky peak, and don't let your eyes read threads on here that will spoil your read :))))
I found this site by chance (or serendipity) last night whilst I was 'googling' something else - how lovely to find a whole site dedicated to WG and Poldark fans!
Having had a quick look around the site, I am even more excited to discover that the ten Poldark books I have read are not the whole set, as I thought they were - I still have the pleasure of reading the last two! I don't know how I came to miss the publication of the last two books but I'm rather glad I did now - it's a bit like opening the fridge to find there's still a piece of your favourite dessert left when you thought you'd already eaten it all!
I've just finished watching the TV Series on DVD again but it's some years since I read the later novels so I think I'll be re-reading them all before I start on the last two books ... Oooh, I can't wait to dust off my collection of Poldarks and get started - though the first four books have been read so often, they are beginning to fall apart.
I look forward to having a mooch around the forums on here and reading some of the threads - and thank you so much for this lovely surprise!