Barbara Taylor Bradford Books

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Barbara Taylor Bradford is a British novelist that was born in 1933 in Leeds, Yorkshire. Her father (Winston Taylor) was an engineer. World War I took his leg. Her mother, Freda, gave birth to a son but meningitis claimed his life.

Order of Emma Harte Series

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1A Woman of Substance 1979Description / Buy
2Hold the Dream 1985Description / Buy
3To Be the Best 1988Description / Buy
4Emma's Secret 2003Description / Buy
5Unexpected Blessings 2005Description / Buy
6Just Rewards 2005Description / Buy
7Breaking the Rules 2009Description / Buy

Order of House Of Dravenel/Ravenscar Series

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1The Ravenscar Dynasty 2006Description / Buy
2Heirs of Ravenscar 2007Description / Buy
3Being Elizabeth 2008Description / Buy

Order of Cavendon Hall Series

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1Cavendon Hall 2014Description / Buy
2The Cavendon Women 2015Description / Buy
3The Cavendon Luck 2016Description / Buy
4Secrets of Cavendon 2017Description / Buy

Order of House of Falconer Series

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1Master of His Fate 2018Description / Buy
2In the Lion’s Den 2019Description / Buy

Order of Barbara Taylor Bradford Standalone Novels

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1Voice of the Heart 1983Description / Buy
2Act of Will 1986Description / Buy
3The Women in His Life 1990Description / Buy
4Remember 1991Description / Buy
5Angel 1993Description / Buy
6Everything to Gain 1994Description / Buy
7Love in Another Town 1995Description / Buy
8Dangerous to Know 1995Description / Buy
9Her Own Rules 1996Description / Buy
10A Secret Affair 1996Description / Buy
11Power of a Woman 1997Description / Buy
12A Sudden Change of Heart 1998Description / Buy
13Where You Belong 2000Description / Buy
14The Triumph of Katie Byrne 2001Description / Buy
15Three Weeks in Paris 2002Description / Buy
16Playing The Game 2010Description / Buy
17Letter from a Stranger 2011Description / Buy
18Secrets from the Past 2012Description / Buy

Order of Barbara Taylor Bradford Short Stories/Novellas

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1Hidden 2013Description / Buy
2Treacherous (Short Story) 2014Description / Buy
3Who Are You? (Short Story) 2016Description / Buy
4Damaged (Short Story) 2018Description / Buy

Order of Barbara Taylor Bradford Non-Fiction

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1Fashions That Please Him (Short Story) 1970Description / Buy
2Easy Steps To Successful Decorating 1971Description / Buy
3How to Solve Your Decorating Problems 1976Description / Buy
4Making Space Grow 1979Description / Buy
5Luxury Designs for Apartment Living 1981Description / Buy
6Decor Idea Casual 1984Description / Buy
7Living Romantically Every Day 2001Description / Buy
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Barbara believes that she received the frustrated love that Freda couldn’t give to her first child. Freda was no ordinary woman. Barbara learned later on that Freda’s mother had worked as a servant for Frederick Robinson, the second Marquess of Ripon.

Her affair with the aristocrat had produced three illegitimate children of which Freda was one. Freda played an important role in her daughter’s decision to pursue publishing. She made sure that Barbara could read by the time she turned four.

It was also because of Freda that Barbara Taylor Bradford was introduced to authors like Charles Dickens and Thomas Hardy. Barbara is just as grateful to Cornelius Ryan. Other than her mother, the Irish historian was the first person to encourage the author to pursue her literary goals.

It was hardly a surprise when Barbara wrote her first short story at the age of ten. She sent it to a magazine. She used the money the magazine paid her when they bought the story to buy her parents a vase and handkerchiefs.

By 15, Barbara was out of school. She joined the Yorkshire Evening Post, initially spending her days in the secretary pool. Over time, she proved her worth and became a newspaper reporter. By the time she was 20, events had taken the author to London.

She joined Woman’s Own, filling the position of fashion editor at the magazine. In the years that followed, she became a columnist. Her articles on interior decoration appeared in nearly 200 newspapers.

Even though she found success as a journalist, her efforts to break into the publishing arena were not as fruitful. She wrote four suspense novels but she wasn’t pleased with any of them. As the years passed, the notion of reaching her fifties before writing her first novel scared Barbara.

She was afraid of becoming one of those bitter authors she had heard about. As such, rather than giving up, she decided to write another novel. But she wasn’t sure what it would be about. She knew that she hadn’t liked her previous novels.

She needed a concept that would inspire her to write the next manuscript to completion. After a bit of thought, she concluded that she would write a story set in Yorkshire. She also decided that the story would follow a woman that would struggle to succeed in a field dominated by men. This lead to ‘A Woman of Substance’, one of her most successful novels.

Barbara has attributed some of her achievements to her experience as a journalist. The years she spent as a reporter taught her discipline.

Barbara Taylor Bradford Awards

Barbara’s collection of accolades includes the Lifetime Platinum Bestseller Award, the Leeds Award, and the Spirit of Life Award.

Barbara Taylor Bradford Books into Movies

The author wrote several novels that received movie adaptations, including ‘A Secret Affair’, ‘Love in Another Town’, ‘Her Own Rules’, and ‘Everything to Gain’.

Some stories became miniseries, including ‘Act of Will’, ‘Voice of the Heart’, ‘Remember’, ‘To be the Best’, and ‘A Woman of Substance’.

Best Barbara Taylor Bradford Books

Barbara was married to Robert Bradford, an American film producer. Before he died in 2019, he encouraged her to keep writing despite the tragedy of his passing. Some of Barbara’s best books include:

A Woman of Substance: Emma Harte is a woman of substance. She was just a poor servant girl struggling to survive in her Yorkshire Village. This novel shows the events that sharpened her mind and strengthened her resolve, allowing her to rise from poverty to build an international enterprise.

Hold the Dream: Emma Hart’s rise to the top wasn’t easy. She made many sacrifices. But it all paid off. She turned her business into an international empire. However, her journey is far from over. If she wants to succeed in the next stage of her endeavors, she must hand control of the business over to Paula, her granddaughter.

Paula has her own dreams. But she is also determined to make the best of the opportunity that Emma has placed in her hands.

When Does The Next Barbara Taylor Bradford book come out?

Barbara Taylor Bradford doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is In the Lion’s Den and was released on November, 28th 2019. It is the newest book in the House of Falconer Series.

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