This splendid new historical family saga takes you from the stately homes of England to the decadence of Paris as barrowboy James Falconer pursues his dream of building an empire of department stores.
Another great yarn from the ultimate storyteller.
A stately home, a dangerous secret and two families whose fates have been intertwined for generations: the undisputed queen of the family saga returns in sparkling form with a gripping period piece set on the brink of the Great War. Exquisite escapism of the highest order.
The book in question is Playing the Game, Taylor Bradford's 26th blockbuster, and as romantic and thrilling as the rest... It is classic BTB: glamorous people in glamorous places doing glamorous things; but beneath the surface hide grubby secrets that threaten to bring their whole world crashing down.
Independent on Sunday
Barbara Taylor Bradford makes life worth reading.
Ladies Home Journal
The four young women centre stage are a feistier lot than their Downton counterparts... These are likeable, well-drawn characters whose fortunes you follow with keen interest…neatly captures the brittleness of the decade that danced and stumbled towards the Great Depression.
Barbara Taylor Bradford returns to her roots with this classic saga of loyalty, secrets, passion and intrigue... if you’ve been suffering withdrawal symptoms from Downton, this is for you.
A wonderful storyteller who can convey the power of love. The warmth and compassion of her tale brought tears to my jaded old eyes.
A Woman of Substance was Barbara Taylor Bradford's first novel and has sold over 30 million copies worldwide since its publication in 1979. Charting the life of the fiercely determined Emma Harte, from her humble beginnings as a servant girl in Yorkshire to her position as head of a multinational company, this is the family saga with everything: betrayal, infedelity, passion, revenge, unrequited love, ungrateful children and a gutsy, tough-as-nails heroine. Despite its length, you'll want to devour in one gulp.
Barbara Taylor Bradford’s books are unequivocally what millions of us want to read. An intricately plotted, highly descriptive family saga.
Barbara Taylor Bradford is the storyteller of substance.
Few novelists are as consummate as Barbara Taylor Bradford at keeping the reader turning the page. She is one of the best at spinning the yarns.
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