Barbara gets her OBE from Queen Elizabeth II
Barbara gets her OBE from Queen Elizabeth II

In 1990, the child who disappointed her parents by going to work on a newspaper instead of pursuing a higher education received a Degree of Doctor of Letters Honoris Causa from the Chancellor of Leeds University. Barbara Taylor Bradford received the award from HRH the Duchess of Kent.

The Brotherton Library of Leeds University became the keeper of the Barbara Taylor Bradford archive in 1988, and the archive is part of the world-renowned Brotherton Collection. Barbara Taylor Braford’s manuscripts are housed in glass-fronted cases, next to those of the Bronte sisters, who wrote such classics as “Wuthering Heights” and “Jane Eyre.”

In 1995 Barbara received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Bradford and, the following year, another Honorary Doctorate from the Teikyo Post University in Connecticut. In 2005 she received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Sienna College in New York.

Barbara and Robert after the OBE Ceremony
Barbara and Robert after the OBE Ceremony

Other awards include the Matrix Award in books from New York Women in Communications Inc. (1985), the American Society of Interior Designers’ “Editorial Award for Writing Excellence” (1985), the Special Jury Prize for Body of Literature from the Deauville Festival of American Film (1994), the Birmingham-Southern College “Gala 12” Woman of the Year Award (1995), City of Hope’s “Spirit of Life Award” and the establishment of the “Barbara Taylor Bradford Research Fellowship in Pediatric Leukemia” (1995), the Girls Inc. “She Knows Where She’s Going Award” (1995), the PAL “Police Athletic League Women of the Year Award” (1995), Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s “Spirit of Achievement Award” (1996), the Five Towns Music and Art Foundation’s “Award of Achievement” for outstanding accomplishments in the field of Literature (1997), and the British Excellence Award given aboard the QE2 (1998).

We are each the authors of our own lives, Emma. We live in what we have created. There is no way to shift the blame and no one else to accept the accolades.

Barbara was inducted into the Matrix Hall of Fame in 1998. In 2003, she was inducted into the Writers Hall of Fame of America, joining the ranks of Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, Dr. Seuss and Langston Hughes. In June of 2007, Barbara was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II for her contributions to Literature. Barbara received her medal from the Queen at Buckingham Palace. In May of 2010, Barbara and Bob were honored by Literacy Partners at their annual gala dinner for their philanthropy in raising critical funds for disadvantaged New Yorkers.

Bestselling novelist Barbara Taylor Bradford talks with ITV’s ‘This Morning’ Programme in October of 2007 about meeting Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace and being awarded the OBE for literature.
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