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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

Being Elizabeth

Being Elizabeth

Author: Barbara Taylor Bradford Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2009

THE FINAL NOVEL IN THE BESTSELLING RAVENSCAR TRILOGY Elizabeth Turner, scion of the fabled Deravenel family, carries the red-gold hair and beautiful English complexion of her ancestors. And it is not just her colouring that she has inherited from Edward Deravenel. Astute and charismatic, she is also bold, daring and fiercely ambitious, with the same ruthless streak. Now, aged just twenty-five, she stands in the position she has dreamed of - inheriting the family business, Deravenels. Over eight hundred years old, the company is a bastion of male chauvinism and the challenge that lies ahead of Elizabeth is immense. Cecil Williams acts as Elizabeth's mentor while navigating the treacherous corridors of power with her. But her greatest ally is her childhood friend, handsome, charming Robert Dunley. Highly intelligent, he is her match in every way - and there is a spark between them that is impossible to resist. Yet Robert is already married. When they begin an affair it scandalises those around them. But far worse is to come... From the family seat perched high on the Yorkshire moors to the glamour of London as the twentieth century draws to a close, Elizabeth fights for her birthright and her inheritance. Passion, drama, betrayal and death stalk the pages of this gripping new blockbuster from the author of A Woman of Substance.

Heirs of Ravenscar

Heirs of Ravenscar

Author: Barbara Taylor Bradford Format: eBook Release Date: 01/10/2008

The next installment in the dramatic new Ravenscar series from the international bestselling author of Woman of Substance.As Edward Deravenel stands alone on the rocky Ravenscar beach he counts his blessings. The war to end all wars is over; he and his brothers have survived. Now he can build Deravenels, the family business empire, into all he has dreamed of.Yet there is a thorn in his side - his reckless younger brother, George. George's gambling and unpaid debts are beginning to cause rumours and unease.And Edward realises that his brother is capable of not just recklessness but blackmail and betrayal. The fortunes of the house of Deravenal suffer a terrible reversal as one disaster follows another, and tragedy strikes.RavenscarA House. A Legacy. A Dynasty.It is Edward's daughter Bess, his golden girl, who carries the family name forward, making an alliance that will secure the empire and the inheritance, and start a new dynasty.And it is Bess's son Harry who stands in his grandfather's shoes at a similar age and vows to rebuild Deravenels to greatness - as long as he can have the son and heir he longs for. Whatever it takes...

Being Elizabeth

Being Elizabeth

Author: Barbara Taylor Bradford Format: eBook Release Date: 01/10/2008

The final novel in the bestselling Ravenscar series following the fortunes of the Deravenel familyElizabeth Turner, scion of the fabled Deravenel family, carries the red-gold hair and beautiful English complexion of her ancestors. And it is not just her colouring that she has inherited from Edward Deravenel. Astute and charismatic, she is also bold, daring and fiercely ambitious, with the same ruthless streak.Now, aged just twenty-five, she stands in the position she has dreamed of - inheriting the family business, Deravenels. Over eight hundred years old, the company is a bastion of male chauvinism and the challenge that lies ahead of Elizabeth is immense.Her future is threatened also by the bitter enmity of her cousin, Mary, who believes herself the rightful heir.Cecil Williams acts as Elizabeth's mentor while navigating the treacherous corridors of power with her. But her greatest ally is her childhood friend, handsome, charming Robert Dunley. Highly intelligent, he is her match in every way - and there is a spark between them that is impossible to resist. Yet Robert is already married. When they begin an affair it scandalises those around them. But far worse is to come...From the family seat perched high on the Yorkshire moors to the glamour of London as the twentieth century draws to a close, Elizabeth fights for her birthright and her inheritance. Passion, drama, betrayal and death stalk the pages of this gripping new blockbuster from the author of A Woman of Substance.

Being Elizabeth

Being Elizabeth

Author: Barbara Taylor Bradford Format: eBook Release Date: 19/08/2008

From the storytelling magic of Barbara Taylor Bradford comes a modern retelling of the drama and intrigue surrounding the 16th-century Queen Elizabeth.Instead of England, the throne is the business empire of the Deravenels. And this Elizabeth is the most powerful managing director in its history. Surrounded by rumors and betrayal, Elizabeth Deravenel must steer her company clear of takeovers, and at the same time keep her heart from being broken as scandal surrounds the one man she's ever loved.It's Barbara Taylor Bradford at her very best.

Heirs of Ravenscar

Heirs of Ravenscar

Author: Barbara Taylor Bradford Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/02/2008

The dramatic new Ravenscar novel from the international bestselling author of Woman of Substance. As the First World War draws to a close, all seems golden for young Edward Deravenel, charismatic head of the family empire and master of Ravenscar. Yet beneath the surface lies discord. Elizabeth Deravenel, his beautiful wife, is jealous and her lies and gossip damage the family name. Worse still is Edward's brother George. His reckless behaviour and treachery lead to blackmail and betrayal. The fortunes of the house of Deravenel begin to suffer. It is up to Edward's daughter Bess, and her son Harry to secure the Ravenscar inheritance - whatever it takes... Ravenscar: A House. A Legacy. A Dynasty.

Triumph of Katie Byrne

Triumph of Katie Byrne

Author: Barbara Taylor Bradford Format: eBook Release Date: 12/02/2008

Ten years later, Katie, a struggling actress in New York, is still haunted by the tragedy.Her friend Carly remains in a coma, and Katie desperately wants to achieve success and stardom not only for herself but also for her two old friends.Her big chance comes when she is discovered and wins a major role in a Broadway play.A promising love affair adds to the excitement of working in the theater; but Katie must face the demons of the past before she can embrace the possibilities of the future.In sixteen previous bestselling novels, Barbara Taylor Bradford has enthralled millions of readers with pade-turning plots and characters that linger in the heart and mind long after the book is closed.The Triumph of Katie Byrne will captivate her devoted fans and win her a whole new audience.From the Hardcover edition.

Where You Belong

Where You Belong

Author: Barbara Taylor Bradford Format: eBook Release Date: 12/02/2008

Barbara Taylor Bradford's unique blend of passion and intrigue has made her one of the most cherished storytellers in the world. Her new novel is vintage Bradford: a powerful, suspenseful story of one woman's search to find out where she belongs, in life, in love, and within herself....Where You BelongVal Denning, a willowy war photographer, left her American family--and cruelly unloving mother--for a life abroad and a life of danger. But Val's dazzling world of work, risk, and love has suddenly come apart. An assignment in Kosovo left her lover dead and Val adrift in Paris....Soon, in her grief, with horrific battle scenes etched in her mind, Val will realize that she was lied to by the man she loved--and that another man, a friend, has loved her for years. And now Val must start unraveling mysteries--of a man's life and lies, and of her own childhood. Caught between a new life and her past, Val is about to face the hardest choice of all: the choice between running away again, or truly starting anew....From the Trade Paperback edition.

Heir

Heir

Author: Barbara Taylor Bradford Format: eBook Release Date: 30/10/2007

At the age of thirty-three, Edward Deravenel, having survived harrowing years of betrayal, threats from ruthless enemies, countless lovers, and a war that ravaged his country, is finally king of his company. It's 1918, an influenza pandemic is sweeping the country, and Edward has a family and a business to protect. He must thread his way between his loyal brother, Richard, and his treacherous middle brother, George, an alcoholic bent on self-destruction . . . but not before he tries to ruin Edward and his good name. Meanwhile, the wrath of his ever-jealous wife, Elizabeth, is reaching a boiling point as suspicions about Edward's relationships with other women arise.Politics of inheritance are intense, and different family factions vie for honor over the years. An heir is needed to keep the Deravenel name alive, but tragedy and death remain obstacles at every turn. The choices include a loyal caretaker, a jealous rumormonger, a charming young woman, a sickly boy, and the scion of the family Edward ousted from power years before. Barbara Taylor Bradford triumphs once again with a novel about passion, treachery, marriage, and family, and the compromises we're forced to make for power and love.

Heir

Heir

Author: Barbara Taylor Bradford Format: eBook Release Date: 30/10/2007

At the age of thirty-three, Edward Deravenel, having survived harrowing years of betrayal, threats from ruthless enemies, countless lovers, and a war that ravaged his country, is finally king of his company. It's 1918, an influenza pandemic is sweeping the country, and Edward has a family and a business to protect. He must thread his way between his loyal brother, Richard, and his treacherous middle brother, George, an alcoholic bent on self-destruction . . . but not before he tries to ruin Edward and his good name. Meanwhile, the wrath of his ever-jealous wife, Elizabeth, is reaching a boiling point as suspicions about Edward's relationships with other women arise.Politics of inheritance are intense, and different family factions vie for honor over the years. An heir is needed to keep the Deravenel name alive, but tragedy and death remain obstacles at every turn. The choices include a loyal caretaker, a jealous rumormonger, a charming young woman, a sickly boy, and the scion of the family Edward ousted from power years before. Barbara Taylor Bradford triumphs once again with a novel about passion, treachery, marriage, and family, and the compromises we're forced to make for power and love.

Ravenscar Dynasty

Ravenscar Dynasty

Author: Barbara Taylor Bradford Format: eBook Release Date: 26/12/2006

Barbara Taylor Bradford introduced the illustrious Harte family in her blockbuster A Woman of Substance. Now she has created an unforgettable new dynasty: the Deravenels.On a bitterly cold day in 1904, the Deravenel family's future changes forever. When Cecily Deravenel tells her eighteen-year-old son Edward of the death of his father, brother, uncle, and cousin in a fire, a part of him dies as well. Edward and his cousin Neville Watkins are suspicious of the deaths. They vow to seek the truth, avenge the deaths, and retake control of their family's business empire.As he grows into a handsome, charismatic man, Edward is torn between duty and desire. There are women in his life for whom he'll risk everything-and one woman who might destroy him. But madness and secrecy lie at the heart of the family, and Edward's enemies are far more ruthless than he knows. He will need his strength more than ever when the house of Deravenel is fatally rocked by betrayal from within. Who will become the ultimate ruler of the Deravenels? Power and money, passion and adultery, ambition and treachery all illuminate a dramatic epic saga that brings to life the glittering Edwardian Era. The Ravenscar Dynasty is based on the familial factions of England's Wars of the Roses, brought to life by the magical, memorable storytelling power that is Barbara Taylor Bradford.

Ravenscar Dynasty

Ravenscar Dynasty

Author: Barbara Taylor Bradford Format: eBook Release Date: 26/12/2006

Barbara Taylor Bradford introduced the illustrious Harte family in her blockbuster A Woman of Substance. Now she has created an unforgettable new dynasty: the Deravenels.On a bitterly cold day in 1904, the Deravenel family's future changes forever. When Cecily Deravenel tells her eighteen-year-old son Edward of the death of his father, brother, uncle, and cousin in a fire, a part of him dies as well. Edward and his cousin Neville Watkins are suspicious of the deaths. They vow to seek the truth, avenge the deaths, and retake control of their family's business empire.As he grows into a handsome, charismatic man, Edward is torn between duty and desire. There are women in his life for whom he'll risk everything-and one woman who might destroy him. But madness and secrecy lie at the heart of the family, and Edward's enemies are far more ruthless than he knows. He will need his strength more than ever when the house of Deravenel is fatally rocked by betrayal from within. Who will become the ultimate ruler of the Deravenels? Power and money, passion and adultery, ambition and treachery all illuminate a dramatic epic saga that brings to life the glittering Edwardian Era. The Ravenscar Dynasty is based on the familial factions of England's Wars of the Roses, brought to life by the magical, memorable storytelling power that is Barbara Taylor Bradford.

Just Rewards

Just Rewards

Author: Barbara Taylor Bradford Format: eBook Release Date: 10/01/2006

From New York Times blockbuster bestselling author Barbara Taylor Bradford comes the astonishing final episode of the Harte family saga.Just Rewards is the dramatic conclusion of the extraordinary tale of Emma Harte's great granddaughters. In this sweeping novel, the Harte women find themselves in the midst of weddings and intrigue. Linnet O'Neill, great-granddaughter of Emma Harte, finds herself following in the footsteps of the original woman-of-substance as she battles to modernize the family business. Returning from her honeymoon full of fresh ideas for bringing the Harte empire into the new century, Linnet locks horns with her mother, Paula, in a battle about the future. But when Paula falls ill, Linnet finds herself alone at the helm, just as her great-grandmother once was. Evan Hughes, Linnet's American cousin, is pregnant and planning her small family wedding. Life seems good until a harsh confrontation with her adopted sister puts Evan in the hospital. Tessa Fairley, Linnet's sister, is ready to start a new life after an acrimonious divorce, which might include rivaling Linnet for the top spot in the Harte business. In the midst of planning her own glamorous summer wedding in Ireland, India Standish is thrown off balance when her fiance's daughter Atlanta comes to live with them-closely followed by his 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, the deadly enemy of the Hartes, endangering every family member in the process.

Just Rewards

Just Rewards

Author: Barbara Taylor Bradford Format: eBook Release Date: 10/01/2006

From New York Times blockbuster bestselling author Barbara Taylor Bradford comes the astonishing final episode of the Harte family saga.Just Rewards is the dramatic conclusion of the extraordinary tale of Emma Harte's great granddaughters. In this sweeping novel, the Harte women find themselves in the midst of weddings and intrigue. Linnet O'Neill, great-granddaughter of Emma Harte, finds herself following in the footsteps of the original woman-of-substance as she battles to modernize the family business. Returning from her honeymoon full of fresh ideas for bringing the Harte empire into the new century, Linnet locks horns with her mother, Paula, in a battle about the future. But when Paula falls ill, Linnet finds herself alone at the helm, just as her great-grandmother once was. Evan Hughes, Linnet's American cousin, is pregnant and planning her small family wedding. Life seems good until a harsh confrontation with her adopted sister puts Evan in the hospital. Tessa Fairley, Linnet's sister, is ready to start a new life after an acrimonious divorce, which might include rivaling Linnet for the top spot in the Harte business. In the midst of planning her own glamorous summer wedding in Ireland, India Standish is thrown off balance when her fiance's daughter Atlanta comes to live with them-closely followed by his 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, the deadly enemy of the Hartes, endangering every family member in the process.