join us on facebook
Search our site
Persons Unknown by Susie Steiner Read the opening extract of the brand new Susie Steiner book before its publication on 05/04/2018

A Woman of Substance - 30th Anniversary Edition by Barbara Taylor Bradford

A Woman of Substance - 30th Anniversary Edition

Family Drama   All Shortlists and Winners   eBook Favourites   

Good Housekeeping's view...

Shortlisted for the Woman’s Weekly best romantic novel written in the last 50 years.

January 2010 Good Housekeeping selection.

On My Bookshelf by Wendy Holden...

My third choice, A Woman Of Substance by Barbara Taylor Bradford (HarperCollins), is, I believe, the greatest achievement in modern women’s commercial fiction writing to date. The heroine (as almost everyone knows) is Emma Harte, who begins her working life as a scullery maid and ends up running a global retail empire, via much heartbreak and mistakes with men along the way. It’s not only a rags-to-riches rattling good read, but it’s also about a strong and inspiring woman, which is a rare thing in modern fiction – all too often the heroines are middle-class wimps.

The Good Housekeeping view...

It is 30 years since Emma Harte, downtrodden housemaid who parlayed a small shop into the world’s greatest department store, first stormed into our consciousness as a woman of no mean substance. Barbara Taylor Bradford’s heroine was ruthless, ambitious, driven; she loved only one man, a man she could never marry; she outplayed all her enemies and exacted terrible revenge; but through it all, she was warm-hearted. And now there is a purple velvet celebration of its phenomenal success (31 million copies in print). The hardback limited edition (of which there are only 750 copies) comes complete with the Harte family tree and a ‘Life In Pictures’ section. Perfect for power-seeking, shoulder-padded friends and relatives. It will be made available via Barbara’s web site at

If you like Barbara Taylor Bradford you might also like to read books by Jeffrey Archer, Jilly Cooper and Danielle Steel.

What is Good Housekeeping


A Woman of Substance - 30th Anniversary Edition by Barbara Taylor Bradford

Reissue of the perenially popular dynastic rags to riches saga to coincide with the publication of its sequel, Emma's Secret. In 1905 a young kitchen maid leaves Fairley Hall. Emma Harte is sixteen, single and pregnant. By 1968 she is one of the richest women in the world, ruler of a business empire stretching from Yorkshire to the glittering cities of America and the rugged vastness of Australia. But what is the price she has paid? A Woman of Substance is as impossible to put down as it is to forget. This multi-million copy bestseller is truly a novel of our times.


'Queen of the genre'
Sunday Times

`Few novelists are as consummate as Barbara Taylor Bradford at keeping the reader turning the page. She is one of the world's best at spinning yarns

`As romantic and thrilling as the rest
Independent on Sunday

`Another great yarn from the ultimate storyteller
The Sun

`An extravagant, absorbing novel of love, courage, ambition, war, death and passion.'New York Times

About the Author

Barbara Taylor Bradford

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.

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading similar books...
Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

3rd September 2009


Barbara Taylor Bradford

More books by Barbara Taylor Bradford
Author 'Like for Like'

Author's Website


Author's Facebook Latest

Loading facebook updates...
Loading twitter updates...


Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers


848 pages


Family Drama
All Shortlists and Winners
eBook Favourites




Ever purchased a book, read a few pages & thought I'm not going to enjoy this? Honest book reviews mean you'll never have that problem again

Jill Peters

I love Lovereading because of its ability to connect people that love books & unite them in a friendly, stimulating & interesting community.

Megan Olwen William

Lovereading tells me about new books before they hit the shelves, lets me find other authors I may like and has great prize draws!

Sheila Dale

Lovereading has given me the opportunity to delve into new and exciting worlds of authors who I would never have tried before.

Glynis Elliott

It's the first site that I visit when deciding on the next set of books to buy. A particular treat is being able to download an extract.

Tessa Olson

Why I love @lovereadinguk? It's in the name - as dedicated lovers of reading, they are perfect matchmakers for helping me find my next read!

Catherine Jenkins

Love books. Love reading. Love reading books. And, here's the trick. Here's a website which caters for people like me.

Ian Harvey-brown

A well laid out site, I love the fact that is separates paranormal fiction from fantasy and horror, which other sites don't.

Jen Rainbow