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Barbara Taylor Bradford - Author

About the Author

Barbara Taylor Bradford was born in Leeds, and by the age of twenty was an editor and columnist on Fleet Street. Her first novel, A Woman of Substance, became an enduring bestseller and was followed by many others, most recently Letter from a Stranger. Her books have sold more than eighty-five million copies worldwide in more than ninety countries and forty languages, and ten mini-series and television movies have been made of her books. She lives in New York City with her husband, television producer Robert Bradford.

Featured books by Barbara Taylor Bradford

The Cavendon Luck (Cavendon Chronicles, Book 3)

The Cavendon Luck (Cavendon Chronicles, Book 3)

Author: Barbara Taylor Bradford Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/03/2017

As the clouds of war gather over Cavendon Hall, the next generation must step forward...

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Other books by Barbara Taylor Bradford

In the Lion's Den The House of Falconer

In the Lion's Den The House of Falconer

Author: Barbara Taylor Bradford Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/11/2019

From the bestselling author of A Woman of Substance, a page-turning epic Victorian historical family saga. London 1889: Victorian London is a place of wealth, privilege and poverty, a city of extremes. For James Falconer, who grew up as a barrow boy on a London market, it is a city of opportunity. Working his way up Henry Malvern's trading company in Piccadilly, James faces fraud and betrayal. A fierce rivalry develops with Henry's daughter and heir Alexis - but their animosity masks a powerful attraction. Embarking on a love affair with the daughter of Russian emigres, James's life begins to transform. But as treachery and danger threaten, a secret comes to light that will change his life forever. James must decide where his future lies - with Henry Malvern or following his own dream...

In the Lion's Den The House of Falconer

In the Lion's Den The House of Falconer

Author: Barbara Taylor Bradford Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/11/2019

From the bestselling author of A Woman of Substance, a page-turning epic Victorian historical family saga. London 1889: Victorian London is a place of wealth, privilege and poverty, a city of extremes. For James Falconer, who grew up as a barrow boy on a London market, it is a city of opportunity. Working his way up Henry Malvern's trading company in Piccadilly, James faces fraud and betrayal. A fierce rivalry develops with Henry's daughter and heir Alexis - but their animosity masks a powerful attraction. Embarking on a love affair with the daughter of Russian emigres, James's life begins to transform. But as treachery and danger threaten, a secret comes to light that will change his life forever. James must decide where his future lies - with Henry Malvern or following his own dream...

To Be the Best

To Be the Best

Author: Barbara Taylor Bradford Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/11/2019

The enthralling sequel to A Woman of Substance and Hold The Dream. The spirit of Emma Harte lives on in her granddaughter, Paula O'Neill. Paula must act with daring and courage to preserve her formidable grandmother's glittering empire and to protect it from unscrupulous enemies - so that Emma's precious dream lives on for the next generation... Moving from Yorkshire to Hong Kong and America, this remarkable drama is played out against a backdrop of the world of the wealthy and privileged, where the glamour is underscored by jealousy and treachery. The unorthodox and endlessly fascinating Harte family drama continues... 'A compulsive read' Daily Mail

Hold the Dream

Hold the Dream

Author: Barbara Taylor Bradford Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/11/2019

From the internationally bestselling author of A Woman of Substance comes the continuing story of indomitable heroine, Emma Harte Emma Harte is now eighty years old and ready to hand over the reins of the vast business empire she has created. To her favourite grandchild, Paula McGill Fairley, Emma bequeaths her mighty retailing empire with these heartfelt words: 'I charge you to hold my dream.' A towering international success, this is the powerfully moving tale of one woman's determination to 'hold the dream' which was entrusted to her, and in so doing find the happiness and passion which is her legacy.

Master of His Fate

Master of His Fate

Author: Barbara Taylor Bradford Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/09/2019

From Victorian London to the vibrant port cities of England and France, from gracious stately homes in Gloucestershire to the decadence of Paris, Master of his Fate launches an unforgettable new historical series. London 1884: Queen Victoria is Empress of India and Britain is at its peak of worldwide power. James Falconer works as a barrow boy in a flourishing London market owned by Henry Malvern. But James hungers for more. Turning away from family tradition, he dreams of building an empire of stores like Fortnum and Mason's and believes that Henry, along with his daughter and heir Alexis, could offer him a way to climb beyond his beginnings. But tragedy and betrayal threaten the dreams of both James and Alexis - and jeopardise everything they hold dear...

Master of His Fate

Master of His Fate

Author: Barbara Taylor Bradford Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/09/2019

From Victorian London to the vibrant port cities of England and France, from gracious stately homes in Gloucestershire to the decadence of Paris, Master of his Fate launches an unforgettable new historical series. London 1884: Queen Victoria is Empress of India and Britain is at its peak of worldwide power. James Falconer works as a barrow boy in a flourishing London market owned by Henry Malvern. But James hungers for more. Turning away from family tradition, he dreams of building an empire of stores like Fortnum and Mason's and believes that Henry, along with his daughter and heir Alexis, could offer him a way to climb beyond his beginnings. But tragedy and betrayal threaten the dreams of both James and Alexis - and jeopardise everything they hold dear...

Master of His Fate

Master of His Fate

Author: Barbara Taylor Bradford Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/11/2018

From Victorian London to the vibrant port cities of England and France, from gracious stately homes in Gloucestershire to the decadence of Paris, Master of his Fate launches an unforgettable new historical series. London 1884: Queen Victoria is Empress of India and Britain is at its peak of worldwide power. James Falconer works as a barrow boy in a flourishing London market owned by Henry Malvern. But James hungers for more. Turning away from family tradition, he dreams of building an empire of stores like Fortnum and Mason's and believes that Henry, along with his daughter and heir Alexis, could offer him a way to climb beyond his beginnings. But tragedy and betrayal threaten the dreams of both James and Alexis - and jeopardise everything they hold dear...

Secrets of Cavendon

Secrets of Cavendon

Author: Barbara Taylor Bradford Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2018

The secrets of an aristocratic dynasty are about to be revealed... London 1949. The New Look is in, Princess Elizabeth's wedding has raised morale and the capital is filled with a new energy. Alicia Stanton, niece of the Earl of Mowbray, is making her mark in the glamorous film world. Alongside her, Victoria Brown, a wartime evacuee, is starting out as a fashion photographer. Life is full of opportunity. But at Cavendon Hall, the stately home where they grew up, the Second World War has exacted a terrible price and the estate is facing bankruptcy. And when Cavendon's secrets start to rise to the surface, young and old alike are threatened. Can the families unite to save the house and their future?

Secrets of Cavendon

Secrets of Cavendon

Author: Barbara Taylor Bradford Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2018

The secrets of an aristocratic dynasty are about to be revealed... London 1949. The New Look is in, Princess Elizabeth's wedding has raised morale and the capital is filled with a new energy. Alicia Stanton, niece of the Earl of Mowbray, is making her mark in the glamorous film world. Alongside her, Victoria Brown, a wartime evacuee, is starting out as a fashion photographer. Life is full of opportunity. But at Cavendon Hall, the stately home where they grew up, the Second World War has exacted a terrible price and the estate is facing bankruptcy. And when Cavendon's secrets start to rise to the surface, young and old alike are threatened. Can the families unite to save the house and their future?

Secret Affair

Secret Affair

Author: Barbara Taylor Bradford Format: eBook Release Date: 05/07/2018

A spellbinding novel new to downloadable audio, from the bestselling author of A Woman of Substance. Bill Fitzgerald is an acclaimed American television foreign correspondent. Exhausted after a long stint in Bosnia, he travels to Venice to meet Francis Xavier Peterson, an old friend. Whilst at the bar of the Gritti Palace Hotel on the Grand Canal with Frankie, Bill is struck by the dark beauty of a young woman seated alone. Vanessa Stewart is a glass designer from New York who is visiting the glass-blowing works in Murano. The three expatriates meet and decide to celebrate Thanksgiving together. And that evening, full of warmth and camaraderie, begins an illicit though fateful love affair.

Just Rewards

Just Rewards

Author: Barbara Taylor Bradford Format: eBook Release Date: 03/05/2018

The new blockbuster from one of the world's greatest storytellers concludes the extraordinary tale of Emma Harte, the original Woman of Substance, and the powerful Harte clan... Linnet O'Neill, great-granddaughter of Emma Harte, finds herself following in the footsteps of the original woman of substance as she battles to save the family business. She and Emma's other great-granddaughters are tested to the limit as the final chapter in the extraordinary story of the Harte family draws to a dramatic close... Returning from from her honeymoon full of fresh ideas for bringing the Harte empire into the new century Linnet and her mother, Paula, lock horns in a battle about the future. When Paula falls ill, Linnet finds herself alone at the helm, just as her great-grandmother once was. Will she become the new Emma Harte?Evan Hughes, the American great-granddaughter of Emma, is pregnant and planning her small family wedding. Life seems good until a harsh confrontation with her adopted sister puts Evan in hospital. Tessa Fairley, Paula's daughter, is ready to start a new life after an acrimonious divorce. But having always believed herself to be her mother's rightful heir, Tessa is reluctant to forego her chances of the top spot. India Standish, in the midst of planning her own glamorous summer wedding in Ireland, is thrown off balance when her fiance Dusty's daughter, Atlanta comes to live with them - closely followed by Dusty's unstable ex-girlfriend, intent on trouble... However, it is Evan's sister Angharad who makes the most ripples within the family, trying to infiltrate the quartet of young women and latching on to Jonathan Ainsley, deadly enemy of the Hartes, in the process, putting them all in danger. Then two beloved members of the Harte family unexpectedly die, causing grief and heartbreak. And Jonathan Ainsley seems ever closer to wreaking his revenge...

Unexpected Blessings

Unexpected Blessings

Author: Barbara Taylor Bradford Format: eBook Release Date: 01/03/2018

The new blockbuster from one of the world's greatest storytellers continues where Emma's Secret left off, charting Emma Harte's - the original Woman of Substance - wartime experiences and the repercussions the past has for the present members of the Harte clan. The great-grandaughters of Emma Harte, the heroine of A WOMAN OF SUBSTANCE and EMMA'S SECRET, follow in her legendary footsteps... Evan Hughes, Emma's American great-grandaughter, is trying to integrate into the powerful Harte family. She is caught between her estranged parents, her new family, and new love. Meanwhile a dangerous enemy hovers in the background. Tessa Longden, Evan's cousin, is battling her husband for custody of their daughter, Adele. When Adele suddenly goes missing, Tessa seeks her sister Linnet's help. Linnet O'Neill, the most brilliant businesswoman of the four great-granddaughters, shows that she is the natural heir to her mother, Paula. But her glittering future at the helm of the vast Harte empire means many sacrifices. India Standish, the traditionalist in the family, falls in love with a famous British artist from a working-class background. Madly in love, India is determined to marry him. When Evan discovers letters from Emma Harte to her grandmother, the story is swept back to the 1950s. In the post-war boom years Emma builds her business empire, using a combination of determination and sheer nerve, and she embarks on a relationship with a handsome acquaintance from the war years. But it is the revelations in Emma's letters to her grandmother that give Evan a new perspective and help to set her free from her own past. This latest dramatic story in the on-going saga of an extraordinary family dynasty is full of love, passion and jealousy and is Barbara Taylor Bradford at her inimitable best.

Damaged: A gripping short read, the perfect escape for an hour

Damaged: A gripping short read, the perfect escape for an hour

Author: Barbara Taylor Bradford Format: eBook Release Date: 04/01/2018

A gripping and dramatic short read from the master storyteller Barbara Taylor Bradford.Beautiful, artistic and creative, Allison Jones is a force to be reckoned with. Growing up amongst a family of men, she is the treasured gem at the heart of a large and boisterous clan of cops.After the tragic death of her mother, Allison had thrown herself into her work, but then she meets Mike. Neither one of them is prepared for the power and intensity of their love for each other.So, when tragedy strikes, Allison's life is derailed once again. Her over-protective family have looked out for her all her life, but they cannot protect her from herself...

Emma's Secret

Emma's Secret

Author: Barbara Taylor Bradford Format: eBook Release Date: 04/01/2018

The book the fans have been waiting for: the much-anticipated sequel to the phenomenally successful A WOMAN OF SUBSTANCE. The legendary Emma Harte, heroine of A Woman of Substance, returns. At the centre of this sweeping saga stands Paula O'Neill, beloved granddaughter of Emma and the guardian of her vast business empire. Paula believes that all that Emma left to the family is secure. However, beneath the surface sibling rivalry and discontent are beginning to flare. Into this volatile mix walks Evan Hughes, a young American fashion designer. On her deathbed, Evan's grandmother told her to find Emma Harte. But Emma has been dead for thirty years; and Evan bears an uncanny resemblance to Paula O'Neill. Troubled by Evan's presence, Paula turns to Emma's recently discovered war-time diaries to find the truth. The decades fall away. It is London during The Blitz and Emma Harte comes vividly back to life. Working hard under war-time conditions, she is also holding her family together as bombs drop, sirens wail and her sons go off to war. As she struggles to cope, the indomitability, will power and strength that have forged Emma into the woman she is all come to the fore. As the pages unfurl, Paula discovers the secret Emma Harte took to the grave to protect others. Emma's Secret is vintage Barbara Taylor Bradford. Emotion, drama, intrigue and passion fill the pages in a spellbinding novel which only she could write.

Secrets of Cavendon

Secrets of Cavendon

Author: Barbara Taylor Bradford Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2017

The secrets of an aristocratic dynasty are about to be revealed... London 1949. The New Look is in, Princess Elizabeth's wedding has raised morale and the capital is filled with a new energy. The Earl of Mowbray's niece, Alicia Stanton, is making her mark in the glamorous film world. Alongside her, Victoria Brown, a wartime evacuee, is starting out as a fashion photographer. Life is full of opportunity. But at Cavendon Hall, the stately home where they both grew up, the Second World War has exacted a terrible price and the estate is facing bankruptcy. The aristocratic Ingham family is at odds with its loyal retainers, the Swanns, for the first time. And when Cavendon's secrets start to rise to the surface, young and old alike are threatened. Can the Inghams and the Swanns unite to save the family name and their future?

Secrets of Cavendon: A gripping historical saga full of intrigue and drama

Secrets of Cavendon: A gripping historical saga full of intrigue and drama

Author: Barbara Taylor Bradford Format: eBook Release Date: 30/11/2017

The secrets of an aristocratic dynasty are about to be revealed...London 1949. The New Look is in, Princess Elizabeth's wedding has raised morale and the capital is filled with a new energy. The Earl of Mowbray's niece, Alicia Stanton, is making her mark in the glamorous film world. Alongside her, Victoria Brown, a wartime evacuee, is starting out as a fashion photographer. Life is full of opportunity.But at Cavendon Hall, the stately home where they both grew up, the Second World War has exacted a terrible price and the estate is facing bankruptcy. The aristocratic Ingham family is at odds with its loyal retainers, the Swanns, for the first time. And when Cavendon's secrets start to rise to the surface, young and old alike are threatened. Can the Inghams and the Swanns unite to save the family name and their future?