During the war years Graham served in the Auxiliary Coastguard Service in Cornwall. He always admitted he had a very lucky war, with many long quiet hours alone on watch. He admitted that this contributed to his good health, although the state of the weather often made him feel that he was on a prolonged sea voyage. The hours alone gave him plenty of time to dream about the books that were to come and it was natural that many of these celebrated his lifelong love of Cornwall.
Winston Graham spent much of his life in Cornwall. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and was awarded an O.B.E. in 1983. His books have been translated into many languages and the famous Poldark television series was watched in more than twenty countries world wide.
For more information on Winston Graham and the Poldark novels, visit the Winston Graham & Poldark Literary Society