Barbara Taylor Bradford, OBE (born 10 May 1933) is a best-selling English novelist. Her debut novel, A Woman of Substance, was published in 1979 and has sold over 30 million copies worldwide. It ranks as one of the top-ten bestselling novels of all-time. To date, she has written 27 novels — all bestsellers on both sides of the Atlantic. Her 27th, Letter From A Stranger was released in the UK in September 2011, and in North America in April 2012. Her current novel, Secrets From The Past was published on 28 February 2013 in the UK, and will be released on 9 April in North America.