Literary papers and publications of Barbara Taylor Bradford, with related materials

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 206 Brotherton Collection MS 20c Bradford
  • Dates of Creation
      ca. 1940-2004
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      69 boxes, 36 vols, and 11 videotapes; manuscript, typescript, photographs, postcards, press cuttings, and printed material (some photocopy). Includes 11 videotapes, 1 cassette tape recording, and 12 transparencies.

Scope and Content

Comprises: (1) 36 copies of Barbara Taylor Bradford's novels in English or foreign languages, and 11 videotapes covering 7 of her novels; (2) 66 boxes containing typescript drafts of her novels with autograph manuscript annotations and printers' proofs of some of them, including (a) A Woman of Substance (4 boxes), (b) Voice of the Heart (3 boxes), (c) Hold the Dream (7 boxes), (d) Act of Will (4 boxes), (e) To be the Best (5 boxes), (f) The Women in his Life (10 boxes), (g) Remember (4 boxes), (h) Angel (5 boxes), (i) Everything to Gain (3 boxes), (j) Dangerous to Know (1 box), (k) Love in another Town (1 box), (l) Her own Rules (2 boxes), (m) A Secret Affair (1 box), (n) Power of a Woman (1 box), (o) A Sudden Change of Heart (2 boxes), (p) Where you belong (2 boxes), (q) The Triumph of Katie Byrne (2 boxes), (r) Three Weeks in Paris (4 boxes), (s) Emma's Secret (4 boxes), and (t) Unexpected Blessings (1 box); (3) 2 boxes of press cuttings, chiefly concerning her earlier novels, including publicity for and reviews of A Woman of Substance (2 envelopes), Voice of the Heart (2 envelopes), Hold the Dream (1 envelope), and Act of Will (1 envelope), but also concerning several of her other novels, and including some popular magazines which featured articles concerning her life and work; (4) 1 box of personalia, including several groups of photographs of Mrs Bradford at various ages from childhood to later life, both black and white and colour, either alone or at various functions, including her visits to the University of Leeds in 1988 and 1990, notably in the Brotherton Library; her correspondence with the University Librarian, Mr R.P. Carr, concerning the deposit of her literary archive in the Brotherton Collection in 1988, and with the latter and the Vice-Chancellor, Sir Edward Parkes, concerning the conferment of her Honorary Doctorate of Letters in May 1990, and later correspondence with others concerning the deposit of further material in the archive; and two programmes for her doctorate degree ceremony dated 11 May 1990, a tape recording of an interview with her conducted by John Dunn on BBC Radio 2 on 17 August 1988, 12 transparencies of Mrs Bradford with senior library staff during her visit to the Brotherton Library while the West Building was in process of construction, and an envelope of typed display cards prepared for the Barbara Taylor Bradford and Yorkshire Writers Exhibition mounted in the Brotherton Library (no date given).

Administrative / Biographical History

Barbara Taylor Bradford, the novelist, was born in Upper Armley, Leeds, Yorkshire, on 10 May 1933, the only child of Winston and Freda Taylor. At 16 she became a reporter for the Yorkshire Evening Post, and by the age of 20 was both an editor and a columnist on London's Fleet Street. After her marriage to American film producer Robert Bradford in 1963, she moved to the USA, where she continued her journalistic career with great success and also wrote children's books and eight books on interior design. Her career as a writer of fiction, however, really began in 1979, when she had her first novel, A Woman of Substance, published and it became an enduring bestseller. Since then she has written many other successful novels, of which some have been made into television mini-series, and many have been translated into other languages. Her achievements have been recognised by several universities, including the University of Leeds, which honoured her with an Honorary Doctorate of Letters in 1990, and she has also received many other cultural awards. Now an American citizen, she lives in New York.


The box numbering may be subject to change in the light of subsequent receipts of material.

Access Information

Access is unrestricted.

Acquisition Information

The gift of Barbara Taylor Bradford in 1988 and on occasions since, most recently in July 2004.


In English.