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Barbara Taylor Bradford

Author of A Woman of Substance

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About the Author

Barbara Taylor Bradford was born in Upper Armley, Leeds, in Yorkshire on May 10, 1933. At the age of fifteen, she was working as a typist for the Yorkshire Evening Post. After six months, she was promoted to cub reporter in the newsroom. At eighteen, she became the newspaper's Woman's Page Editor show more and at twenty, she headed for London where she became Fashion Editor of the magazine Woman's Own. She also reported for the London Evening News, Today Magazine and other publications, covering everything from crime to show business. In 1961, she met her future husband Robert Bradford and they were married in 1963. After they married, they moved to the United States and she began writing a syndicated column, Designing Woman. The column was published for twelve years and received several awards. Her debut novel, A Woman of Substance, was published in 1979 and she has since written over 20 novels. Many of her novels have been made into television mini-series including A Woman of Substance, Voice of the Heart, Act of Will, Everything to Gain and A Secret Affair. She also wrote children's books and eight books on decorating. She has received numerous awards for her work including the Matrix Award from New York Women in Communication Inc in 1985, the City of Hope's Spirit of Life Award in 1995, the Five Towns Music and Art Foundation's Award of Achievement for outstanding accomplishments in the field of Literature in 1997 and the British Excellence Award in 1998. She was inducted into the Matrix Hall of Fame in 1998 and into the Writers Hall of Fame of America in 2003. In 2007, she was awarded an OBE (The Order of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II for her contributions to Literature. She is a member of the James Madison Council of the Library of Congress. She is also involved in several charity projects such as Literacy Partners and the Police Athletic League of New York City. She made the New York Times Best Seller List in 2014 with her title Cavendon Hall. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
Image credit: Barbara Taylor Bradford in 2008 - Photo: ©Larry Marano


Works by Barbara Taylor Bradford

A Woman of Substance (1979) 1,231 copies
Emma's Secret (2004) 716 copies
To Be the Best (1988) 599 copies
Hold the Dream (1985) 590 copies
The Ravenscar Dynasty (2006) 582 copies
Unexpected Blessings (2004) 564 copies
Everything to Gain (1994) 509 copies
Just Rewards (2005) 509 copies
Dangerous to Know (1995) 498 copies
A Sudden Change of Heart (1998) 464 copies
Three Weeks in Paris (1996) 459 copies
Angel (1993) 458 copies
Act of Will (1986) 456 copies
Remember (1980) 454 copies
The Women in His Life (1990) 451 copies
Her Own Rules (1996) 448 copies
Where You Belong (2000) 424 copies
The Heir (2007) 422 copies
The Triumph of Katie Byrne (2001) 421 copies
Love in Another Town (1995) 414 copies
Power of a Woman (1997) 400 copies
Being Elizabeth (2009) 386 copies
A Secret Affair (1996) 372 copies
Voice of the Heart (1983) 358 copies
Cavendon Hall (2014) 327 copies
Breaking the Rules (2009) 300 copies
Letter From a Stranger (2012) 269 copies
Playing the Game (2010) 260 copies
Secrets from the Past (2013) 213 copies
The Cavendon Women (2015) 203 copies
The Cavendon Luck (2016) 169 copies
Master of His Fate (2018) 131 copies
Secrets of Cavendon (2017) 119 copies
In the Lion's Den (2019) 69 copies
A Man of Honour (2021) 56 copies
Hidden (2013) 18 copies
To Be the Best 7 copies
Damaged (Kindle Single) (2018) 6 copies
Who Are You? (2016) 5 copies
Uma carta inesperada (2012) 5 copies
Le donne della sua vita (2005) 3 copies
A MAN OF HONOUR (2022) 2 copies
Onde tu Pertences (2000) 2 copies
Amour Est Ailleurs (1996) 2 copies
Just rewards 1 copy
Tres Semanas Em Paris (2003) 1 copy
Voce Del Cuore (1988) 1 copy
Una vera donna. (1981) 1 copy
Xjust Rewards Asda (2010) 1 copy
Making Space Grow (1979) 1 copy
Vlastní cestou (1997) 1 copy
Jamais je n'oublirai. (1992) 1 copy
Promessa Quebradas (1994) 1 copy
La dinastía Ravenscar (2007) 1 copy
Um Homem Perigoso (1996) 1 copy
Act of Will 1 copy

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Common Knowledge

Leeds, Yorkshire, England, UK
Places of residence
Leeds, Yorkshire, England, UK
London, England, UK
New York, New York, USA
Northcote School for Girls
editor (newspaper)
columnist (newspaper)
James Madison Council of Library of Congress
PACT (Parents & Abducted Children Together)
The New York Pops Orchestra
The Police Athletic League
Awards and honors
Romantic Times Career Achievement Award (Contemporary Novel, 2006)
appeared on a postage stamp (1999 | St. Vincent and Granada )
Order of the British Empire (Officer, 2007)
Writers Hall of Fame of America, 2003
Paul Gitlin
Short biography
Barbara Taylor Bradford OBE (May 10 1933) is an English novelist. Her 1979 debut, A Woman of Substance, ranks as one of the top-ten bestselling novels in history, with more than 31 million copies in print. She is also the first author in publishing history to record 24 consecutive bestselling novels in both the US and the UK. Bradford was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire as the only child of Freda and Winston Taylor. She grew up in the Leeds suburb of Armley and after Town Street Church of England School and Northcote School for Girls she worked in the typing pool at the Yorkshire Evening Post before going into journalism. By the age of twenty she was the fashion editor of Woman's Own Magazine and an editor and columnist on Fleet Street for the London Evening News. Bradford's books have sold more than eighty-one (81) million copies worldwide in more than ninety (90) countries and forty (40) languages. Ten (10) of her books have been made into miniseries and television movies, making her the No. 1 best-selling author of women's fiction over the last 30 years.

Currently, one of the richest living authors, Bradford's personal wealth has exceeded £145 million, making her one of the wealthiest women in the UK. Barbara lives in New York City with television producer Robert Bradford, her husband since 1963.



Near 800 pages, but still an easy read. Emma Harte, in 1968, is a very wealthy woman. The book goes back to when she is 15 kitchen maid at the turn of the century, and tells how she gained her wealth, and what she lost along the way
nordie | 24 other reviews | Oct 14, 2023 |
Earlier in the series, this is on the way to, but not quite yet suffering the same issues as "Just Rewards" by the same author (constant name checking and relationship-declaring to allow a reader to stand the chance of remembering who is who).[return][return]the premise is the finding of Emma Harte's diaries, and the appearance of Evan (who looks suspiciously like Emma) and attempting to find out where she sits in all things. How or why this takes 650 pages, I'm not entirely sure....
nordie | 5 other reviews | Oct 14, 2023 |
Near 800 pages, but still an easy read. Emma Harte, in 1968, is a very wealthy woman. The book goes back to when she is 15 kitchen maid at the turn of the century, and tells how she gained her wealth, and what she lost along the way
nordie | 24 other reviews | Oct 14, 2023 |
I always enjoy reading Barbara Taylor Bradford novels. In my opinion, some are better than others. "breaking the rules" was one of her better novels. The only reason I gave it four stars versus 5, was because it did drag at times. The main character, "M", is mysterious with several secrets. She ventures to New York in hopes of becoming a fashion model. There she meets a famous actor by the name of Larry Vaughn. Their attraction is instantaneous. Her adventures take her to the capitals of Paris and London. However, some of her secrets are impossible to hide. Will she find true happiness and fame, once her secrets are revealed?… (more)
AndreaHelena | 5 other reviews | Aug 23, 2023 |



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