Olive Crayam - Paul's wife, and a woman destroyed by jealousy of her husband's talent, and his growing social success.
Diana Marnsett - a young society beauty, and the woman behind Paul's climb to fame.
But the price of success comes high, and Paul's decision to retreat from fame stirs the muddy waters of scandal into a dangerously lethal brew . . .
'The incomparable Winston Graham' Guardian
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About the Author
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.