Barbara Taylor Bradford O.B.E. was born and raised in England. She became a reporter at the Yorkshire Evening Post at the age of 16, and when she was 18 she became the woman’s page editor, the youngest in the whole of England. At 20, she moved to London and became a fashion editor and columnist on various newspapers and magazines in Fleet Street. In 1963, she married Robert Bradford, movie and TV producer and came to live in NY, where she continued her journalistic career. In 1979, she published her first novel, A Woman of Substance. It went from bestseller to super seller within its first year and stayed on The New York Times’ list for 55 weeks. It has sold 35 million copies worldwide. Ms. Bradford has had 29 books published, all worldwide bestsellers, and her latest, Cavendon Hall, is out now in hardcover and paperback from St. Martin's Press. Ten of her novels have been produced as miniseries and movies of the week for TV by her husband, Robert Bradford. She holds five Honorary Doctorates of Letters and is the recipient of 25 other awards for her writing achievements and philanthropy. She has sold 86 million copies of her books worldwide. In 2007, Queen Elizabeth II awarded her the Order Of The British Empire for her services to Literature. She currently lives in Manhattan with Robert Bradford, her husband of 50 years.