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Publisher's Summary

The gripping multimillion-copy best seller charting the rags to riches story of Emma Harte.

In 1905 a young kitchen maid leaves Fairley Hall. Emma Harte is 16, single and pregnant.

By 1968 she is one of the richest women in the world, ruler of a business empire stretching from Yorkshire to the glittering cities of America and the rugged vastness of Australia. But what is the price she has paid?

A Woman of Substance is as impossible to pause as it is to forget. This multimillion-copy best seller is truly a novel of our times.

©1979 Barbara Taylor Bradford (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"Queen of the genre." ( Sunday Times)
"Few novelists are as consummate as Barbara Taylor Bradford at keeping the reader turning the page. She is one of the world's best at spinning yarns." ( Guardian)
"As romantic and thrilling as the rest." ( Independent on Sunday)
"Another great yarn from the ultimate storyteller." ( The Sun)
"An extravagant, absorbing novel of love, courage, ambition, war, death and passion." ( New York Times)

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It held my attention from beginning
to to the end a truly remarkable book.I can't wait to read the sequel.

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Enthralling from start to finish

Admittedly I'm the few people I know who hadn't read the book , and I've loved every minute of listening to it. Bea Holland , the narrator was brilliant and kept all the characters alive. I can't wait to listen to more.

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Breathtaking!!♡

loved every minute ❤️
a must read for sure 👌 👏
exceptional in every way 👏

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Pure escapism!

Interesting characters! Good story! Somewhat exaggerated prose, a written soap opera. I enjoyed getting lost in the saga💖🙏

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Narration was Amazing

I had read this book many years ago, but Bea Holland’s narration just brought it to life
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  • bunce2659
  • 02-07-19

Excellent read


Due to poor eyesight i have trouble reading the printed books. I last read this book in the 1980's
It was a great delight to find this on audio. I enjoyed this immensely, from Emma as a young lass to the head of her empire. I especially like the way she put one over her treacherous children, at least she the love of her grandchildren.
It was well written me i can't wait to listen to her next book.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-17-17

Brilliant story really well read

I've always loved this story. I was very impressed with the narration which really brought the charts to life.

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  • Deiana
  • 08-27-17

Unput downable

Loved it!!!! Did not want it to end. Grit, determination and hard work shows what can be gained in life

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  • Cathy
  • 12-23-21

it was just as good as when I read it 35 years ago

this book I've loved since it came out and it's much easier because you don't have to curl up and grab time, with audio you can be doing anything. love it xx

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  • carolh
  • 11-13-20

A great yarn

I read this book many years ago but had forgotten some of the story so enjoyed it anew. The narration was a little disappointing but did not detract from the overall experience. Would def recommend

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  • Liz D
  • 05-16-20

Revisited

I read this book years and years ago and loved it have now listened to it and enjoyed it just as much

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  • jan green
  • 07-21-17

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Read this book years ago but this was simply boring, but if you need something to help you with insomnia is recommended lol

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  • Annette Shillingford
  • 01-11-22

A most read.

I spent many hours listening to this wonderful book. I will definitely recommend it to family and friends ❤

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  • joan
  • 12-23-21

This book is an excellent read

The story was captivating from the beginning to the end. I could not put it down for long, I was anticipating the next chapter but was unable to predict it, just love it.

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  • JPE
  • 12-20-21

This is a wonderful story of a remarkable woman.

This is a wonderful story. Barbara Taylor Bradford has created a remarkable woman. I shall seek more works by her.

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  • 03-20-22

Brilliant!

The narrator brought this book to life in the most superb way! I literally could not put this book down.

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  • Emily
  • 02-16-22

Absolutely the best novel I have read!

This novel is by far the best I have ever read (or listened to). My mum named me after Emma before I was born and being 30 years old now, I finally read the book. It is so incredibly heartwarming, touching and inspiring. Cried and laughed on numerous occasions. Wonderful narration also. 10/10 would recommend!

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  • Samantha
  • 09-08-20

Sensational book

An addictive storyline that is beautifully narrated with excellent accents for each character. can't wait to listen to the sequel!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-24-20

One of the best books

I absolutely loved this book, I found myself caught up in it , I laughed, smiled , and very tearful at times , I just loved this story and how well the narrator told it
Looking forward to listening to more Barbara Taylor Bradford books ... thank you 😊 tho I’m kinda sad now this one is finished

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