Barbara Taylor Bradford (born 10 May 1933) is a best-selling British-American novelist. Her debut novel, A Woman of Substance, was published in 1979 and has sold over 30 million copies worldwide. To date, she has written 35 novels—all bestsellers on both sides of the Atlantic.
Barbara Taylor was born in Leeds, Yorkshire, England to Freda and Winston Taylor. Before her birth, her parents had had a son, Vivian, who died of meningitis. She would later describe her mother as having "put all her frustrated love into me." Winston Taylor was an engineer who had lost a leg serving in the First World War.
She would later fictionalise her parent's marriage in her 1986 novel, An Act of Will. She and fellow Yorkshire writer Alan Bennett attended the same nursery school in the Leeds suburb of Upper Armley. As a child during the Second World War Taylor Bradford held a jumble sale a…Read more on Wikipedia