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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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  • 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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  • Lesley
  • 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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  • Beverleygoulding
  • 06-13-18

It's a good book to read

It's a good book to read and understand the ways of Emma harte the way she lived

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  • Abbey
  • 02-09-18

A modern day Classic

l loved this book when I first read it 30+ years ago. Still an excellent story and beautifully narrated.

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  • jan green
  • 07-21-17

Ong

So boring!!!!!!!
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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