Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Just a quick note to say sorry for not updating my blog of late. I’m juggling lots of exciting things at the moment and wish there were more hours in the day! Bob and I have just moved into our new apartment in New York City and we are all now beginning to get settled in. Moving is a mammoth task as any of you will know.
I’m also delighted to say that I've got a new eBook which is about to be published in August called Treacherous. It’s a novella I wrote earlier this year and perfect to read as you head on your holidays this summer. My publicist emailed me as she had an advanced copy and said she read the book in one sitting and loved the characters and exciting story. I hope you will too!
I’m also deep into writing Cavendon Women, the sequel to Cavendon Hall. This will be published in early 2015.
|Treacherous -- My New eBook Novella|
I must get back to my desk now, but will post more once I've finished writing the new book. I'ts my thirtieth. In the meantime, I do hope you enjoy Treacherous.
Wishing you all a great summer.
Barbara Taylor Bradford
Friday, June 6, 2014
Among the applauding guests was Arthur Klebanoff, the President of Rosetta Books, who publishes my Woman Of Substance series in e-book format. The Emma Harte series seems to meet the same success as the above-mentioned HIDDEN.
The gathering seemed delighted to hear that The Cavendon Women, the sequel to Cavendon Hall, will soon be published in England and in North America.
What a great evening it was.
|That's me with L.A. Talk Radio Host Max Tucci, who was|
instrumental in organizing this book party.
Friday, December 13, 2013
Friday, October 4, 2013
I’m supporting the National Literacy Trust’s search for Literacy Heroes and believe it’s important to inspire and give confidence to the next generation to develop their literacy skills.
New National Literacy Trust research out today shows that more children are embarrassed to be seen reading and that they’re reading less regularly than ever before. See www.literacytrust.org.uk/media
Anyone can be a Hero. A young person or adult who’s overcome challenges; an author who’s inspired people to read; a teacher or librarian; a volunteer in your local community; or even a celebrity.
My Literacy hero is:
|Freda Taylor & Barbara Taylor (Age 3)|
My mother is my literary hero. She had a great love of books, and because of her, so do I. When I was small she taught me to read, and when I first went to nursery, I was the only child in the class who could do that. I was four and a half years old. She soon got me a library card at our local public library. I was five, or six at the time. Books became part of my life as a little girl. And they still are today.
She helped me to tackle the classics, and by the time I was twelve I had read most of Charles Dickens’ books and those by Charlotte, Emily and Ann Bronte. As a special treat, she would often take me to the Parsonage in Haworth where the sisters grew up. I was fascinated by their childhood writings, which were on display. In a certain way they were my inspiration, as was my mother.
Why not give a child you know a book and help them to learn to read it? Or an adult who needs help for that matter? You will introduce them to captivating places created by a writer's talent and imagination, and give them pleasure.
Who’s your Literacy hero? Nominate today at: www.literacytrust.org.uk/heroes
Monday, September 23, 2013
Our beautiful little Bichon, Chammi, jumped onto a twinkling star on Saturday night (September 21) and went up to Doggie Heaven. Waiting for her was Beaji, her beloved companion of a lifetime, whom she had missed so much. Beaji had gone ahead three years ago, much to our sorrow.
Chammi became ill unexpectedly on Friday evening (Sept 20) and was rushed into the Blue Pearl Veterinary Hospital, one of the best in Manhattan. She had suffered a seizure. Our wonderful vet, Dr. Barbara Kalvig was in constant touch with the doctors at the hospital, and with Mohamed, who runs our household, and looks after Chammi when we are away. Chammi was seventeen years old, but with her glossy white fur and sparkling brown eyes she looked like a puppy, and everyone remarked on her beauty.
We were in Los Angeles when this happened, but we caught a plane on Saturday morning and were back in time to say farewell to our darling pet, who had “written” so many books with me. Now, when Bob and I look up at the stars at night we can see Chammi nuzzling Beaji, as she always did. They are reunited at last. We will miss them both, but they will always be in our hearts.
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Bob and I were very saddened to learn of the death of Sir David Frost. He was far too young to die, and he will be missed, not only by his wife and three sons, but all of his friends and colleagues around the world.
I did many television shows with David over the years and always enjoyed them. He was quite extraordinary, an incredible interviewer, and managed to get so much information out of his interviewees, myself included. This is because he was so very warm, friendly and chatty. Under his benign gaze he made everyone feel at ease. Like everyone else, I always forgot about the camera when talking to him. And then... WHAM came the unexpected question, asked in such quiet tones. Everyone answered including me.
He was a superb journalist and one of television’s greatest stars. I don’t believe anyone will ever forget the Richard Nixon interviews on American television. Not one network wanted to finance him to do those interviews. So he financed them himself. And what a hit they were!
I remember when Bob and I rushed to see the play about the Nixon interviews and then the movie, Frost Nixon. I ran into David in New York and he told me how much he had enjoyed the play and the movie. And so did we.
Last year, Bob and I went to dinner at Scott’s Restaurant in London, and who should we bump into but David and his wife Carina. We chatted for a while, catching up and reminiscing. Now he is gone. But he will never be forgotten. He was one of the greats of television, and there was nobody quite like him.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Uwe Siemon-Netto, a friend of mine for many years, who is married to one of my dearest friends, Gillian, was a war correspondent most of his working life as a journalist. Last year he started to write a memoir about his years covering the Vietnam War. Every week or so, he sent me a chapter, and he had me hooked until I'd read the last one. I highly recommend this extraordinary bit of storytelling at its best. Here is the review I wrote.
"Uwe Siemon-Netto's memoir about his years as a war correspondent in Vietnam is one of the most touching and moving books I have read in a very long time. It is also hilarious. This renowned journalist, a longtime war correspondent for various German newspapers, made me both sad and happy. I did cry at times, but I also laughed. He took me on a splendid journey from Saigon to Hue and back again, always captivating me with his memorable talent and his unique way with engaging words and phrases. I couldn't get enough of his anecdotes about his little friends, a group of street urchins. They slept in his ramshackle car at night, protesting they were doing him a favor by guarding it. his vivid writing brings alive all kinds of unusual cosmopolitan "characters" he met, as well as the innocent victime and brave survivors of this war, in particular the everyday people of Vietnam. His genuine sympathy for the Vietnamese, and his understanding of the war that engulfed them helped to make this a powerful read."
-- Barbara Taylor Bradford
Order your copy from Barnes And Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/duc-uwe-siemon-netto/1116031951?ean=9781482692808
Also on Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Duc-reporters-wounded-people-Vietnam/dp/1482692805