Barbara Taylor Bradford

Barbara Taylor Bradford

Barbara Taylor Bradford is a #1 New York Times bestselling author. Born in Britain, she began her career as a typist at the Yorkshire Evening Post at the age of sixteen, later serving as the fashion editor of Woman's Own Magazine and a feature writer at the London Evening News. Her debut novel, A Woman of Substance, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide and became one of the top ten bestselling novels ever written.


Bradford has written 28 subsequent books that have sold over 89 million copies in more than 90 countries around the world. Several of her novels have been made into television miniseries and movies. In 1999, she became the first living female author to be featured on a postage stamp; in 2003, she was awarded a place in the Writers' Hall of Fame of America, and in 2007, she was inducted into the Order of the British Empire.

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Act of Will

Bridging three generations, this sweeping saga from renowned bestselling author Barbara Taylor Bradford tells the story of three extraordinary women, and the acts of will that shape their lives.


Orphaned at a young age and later working as a servant to a wealthy suffragette, Audra Kenton finds the love of a lifetime—only to have it ripped away in an unforeseeable tragedy. Now she lives for only one reason: to give her daughter Christina, a gifted artist, everything she needs to succeed in life. But headstrong, vibrant Christina refuses to follow the path her mother has set for her and builds a global fashion empire in the heart of Manhattan. Soon a mother herself, Christina wants nothing so much as for her own daughter, Kyle, to lead the company when she’s gone. From humble beginnings to the heights of wealth and success, these three women face love, heartbreak, and betrayal—each to emerge triumphant in her own way.

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To Be the Best

The third book in Barbara Taylor Bradford’s The Emma Harte Saga, To Be the Best continues the story of Emma Harte, which began with the bestselling novel A Woman of Substance.


The heiress to Emma Harte’s international retail empire, Paula McGill O’Neill has grown to fill her legendary grandmother’s shoes and become the woman she has always wanted to be. Coming into her own, she now keeps her grandmother’s vision alive with firm, confident control.


But unbeknownst to her, Paula faces threats from every side. Two families watch her carefully, each hoping for their own chance at the reins of power, and an old enemy lurks in the shadows, alert to any sign of weakness. When Paula’s unscrupulous cousin Jonathan returns, even more determined than ever to wrest away everything Paula has fought for, she must marshal all her strength and fortitude to defend her fortune and her family.

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A Woman of Substance

One of the top ten bestselling novels ever written with more than 32 million copies sold!


This record-shattering New York Times bestseller was Barbara Taylor Bradford’s breakout novel. It tells the story of a determined woman who will face betrayal from those closest to her, as well as the loss of a great love, only to emerge triumphant.


From the servants’ quarters of a manor house on the brooding Yorkshire moors to the helm of a profitable international business, Emma Harte’s life is a sweeping saga of unbreakable spirit and resolve. Rising from abject poverty to glittering wealth at the upper echelons of society, there is only one man the indomitable Emma cannot have--and only one she yearns for. The novel was also the subject of a popular 1984 miniseries starring Jenny Seagrove and Deborah Kerr.

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