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Secrets from the Past by Barbara Taylor Bradford

Secrets from the Past

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Selected by Sarah Broadhurst

A romantic and thrilling story, set in Nice, Venice and Libya, of a war photographer turned biographer of her father’s life as she stumbles upon a mysterious series of photos. Barbara Taylor Bradford, or BTB as she is known in the trade really is a master storyteller.

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'If you like your fiction poignant, gripping, and with just a dash of glamour, bestselling author Barbara Taylor Bradford may well be your cup of tea. And if you haven’t read her before, Secrets from the Past is a great place to start.

Set in Venice and the South of the France, it’s a glittering novel of deeply-buried secrets, passionate love, obsession and redemption. It’s a tale of young woman who is in search of the truth – the truth about her father, her family, and – indeed – her very own life. She embarks on a journey to uncover the secrets of the past in a quest to understand a story from decades earlier.

What I love most about Barbara’s books is how utterly transporting and absorbing they are whilst still being very easy to relate to. She writes about strong, clever women – women of substance – who face difficult situations, who have to make difficult choices. Reading her novels is like spending time with her: I always feel uplifted, inspired and invigorated afterwards!' - Thalia Suzuma, HarperFiction Editor

If you like Barbara Taylor Bradford you might also like to read books by Kate Morton, Julian Fellowes and Jeffrey Archer.

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Secrets from the Past by Barbara Taylor Bradford

A glittering brand new novel of deeply-buried secrets, passionate love, obsession and redemption from the master storyteller. Thirty-year old Serena Stone is a talented war photographer who has followed in her famous father's footsteps. But when he dies unexpectedly, she steps away from the war zone to reassess her life. At the same time, her former lover, Zachary North, comes out of Afghanistan suffering from mental and physical exhaustion and needs a safe place to heal. Serena and Zac rekindle their passion - and together tackle her father's huge legacy of iconic photographs. But among these images, Serena stumbles across pictures that turn her world upside down. In search of the truth about her father, her family and her own life, Serena begins a desperate quest to uncover a story from decades earlier.


'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

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.

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Publication date

15th August 2013


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Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers


416 pages


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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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