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Author photo. Barbara Taylor Bradford in 2008 - Photo: ©Larry Marano

Barbara Taylor Bradford in 2008 - Photo: ©Larry Marano

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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 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)
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A Woman of Substance 1,154 copies, 24 reviews
Emma's Secret 661 copies, 7 reviews
To Be the Best 562 copies, 10 reviews
Hold the Dream 559 copies, 7 reviews
Unexpected Blessings 531 copies, 7 reviews
The Ravenscar Dynasty 529 copies, 6 reviews
Just Rewards 477 copies, 4 reviews
Everything to Gain 470 copies, 4 reviews
Dangerous to Know 463 copies, 4 reviews
Three Weeks in Paris 435 copies, 3 reviews
Act of Will 434 copies, 4 reviews
A Sudden Change of Heart 426 copies, 2 reviews
Remember 425 copies, 1 review
Her Own Rules 424 copies, 4 reviews
Angel 420 copies, 4 reviews
Women in His Life 411 copies, 4 reviews
The Triumph of Katie Byrne 392 copies, 6 reviews
Where You Belong 391 copies, 5 reviews
The Heir 388 copies, 7 reviews
Love in Another Town 379 copies, 2 reviews
Power of a Woman 378 copies, 2 reviews
Being Elizabeth 358 copies, 8 reviews
A Secret Affair 340 copies, 5 reviews
Voice of the Heart 327 copies, 1 review
Cavendon Hall 292 copies, 14 reviews
Breaking the Rules 282 copies, 6 reviews
Letter From a Stranger 250 copies, 17 reviews
Playing the Game 249 copies, 16 reviews
Secrets from the Past 189 copies, 14 reviews
The Cavendon Luck 150 copies, 6 reviews
Hidden 18 copies
Who Are You? 5 copies
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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.
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