Barbara Taylor Bradford was born in Leeds, Yorkshire, and was a reporter for the Yorkshire Evening Post at sixteen. By the age of twenty, she had become both an editor and a columnist on London’s Fleet Street. In 1979 she wrote her first novel, A Woman of Substance, and that enduring bestseller was followed by sixteen others. Ten have been made into television miniseries and movies of the week. Her novels have sold more than sixty-three million copies in thirty-nine languages worldwide. She lives in New York City with her husband, producer Robert Bradford.