Awards & Honours

  • 2021: Barbara named as a Patron of The Leeds Library, the oldest membership subscription library in the country
  • 2019: Appointed first ever Ambassador, Women in Journalism
  • 2019: Lifetime Platinum Bestseller Award by Nielson, the first time the award was presented to an author, reflecting a unique lifetime of incredible sales of a variety of bestselling novels
  • 2019: The Leeds Award, in recognition of Barbara’s nationally and internationally acclaimed work, UK
  • 2016: Barbara Taylor Bradford & Robert Bradford named Living Landmarks for their philanthropic activities in New York City by The New York Landmarks Conservancy
  • 2016: Recognised as one of 90 Great Britons to commemorate Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday
  • 2015: The Lizzie Award from Literacy Partners US. The special honour is given to an individual who exemplifies the late founder Liz Smith’s passion for the written word and her commitment to improving the lives of those who cannot read or write
  • 2014: Appointed Ambassador for National Literacy Trust, UK
  • 2011: Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Mt. Saint Mary College, New York
  • 2010: Named Woman of the Year by British Schools and Universities of New York
  • 2010: Career Achievement Award & The Pioneer Award, RT Book Reviews magazine
  • 2008: St George Society of NY Medal of Honor. Barbara Taylor Bradford was the first woman ever to receive this award. This award recognises those who have rendered exemplary service to British Interests and the international community at large
  • 2007: Awarded an OBE (Order Of The British Empire) for Services to Literature by HM The Queen, Buckingham Palace, June 10th, 2007
  • 2005: Honorary Doctorate of Letters, Siena College, New York
  • 2004: Honoured on a postage stamp by the Isle Of Man
  • 2003: Inducted in to The Writers Hall of Fame of America
  • 2001: Named Distinguished Woman of the Year, by Northwood University, Michigan
  • 2000: Honoured as one of the great writers of the 20th century on postage stamps by the nations of Grenada and St. Vincent. This postal tribute was the first ever one awarded to a living female novelist
  • 1999: Millennium Philanthropist Award present by the Immokalee Foundation, Naples, Florida
  • 1999: Recognised as one of New York’s Most Influential Women, The Earth Times Monthly
  • 1998: Inducted into the Matrix Hall of Fame (recognises outstanding women in the field of communication), New York
  • 1998: British Excellence Award given aboard the QE2
  • 1997: Five Towns Music & Art Foundation’s Award of Achievement for outstanding accomplishments in the field of literature, New York
  • 1996: Recipient of the Spirit of Achievement Award by Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York
  • 1996: Doctorate of Humane Letters, Teikyo Post University, Connecticut
  • 1995: Named Women of the Year Award, Birmingham-Southern College, Alabama
  • 1995: Girls Inc., She Knows Where She’s Going Award, New York
  • 1995: Matrix Award in Books from the New York Women in Communications (1985)
  • 1995: Doctorate of Letters, University of Bradford, UK
  • 1995: Woman of the Year Award by Police Athletic League (PAL)
  • 1995: Spirit of Life Award by City Of Hope and the establishment of the Barbara Taylor Bradford Research Fellowship in Paediatric Leukaemia
  • 1990: Doctor of Letters, University of Leeds, UK
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