Episode: Barbara Taylor Bradford & Bob Dotson

Barbara Taylor Bradford

Barbara Taylor Bradford, OBE is one of the world's best loved storytellers. Her 1979 debut novel, A Woman of Substance, ranks as one of the top-ten bestselling books of all-time, with more than 31 million copies in print. All 27 of her novels to date have been major worldwide bestsellers. Her 28th book, SECRETS FOM THE PAST, will be published in the US on April 2nd by St. Martin's Press.

Bradford's books have sold more than eighty-eight (88) million copies worldwide in more than ninety (90) countries and forty (40) languages. Ten (10) of her books have been made into miniseries and television movies.

Bradford was born in Leeds (UK), where she grew up. She was the only child of Freda and Winston Taylor, and it was her mother who instilled in her the love of books and reading. Determined to become a writer, Bradford went to work at the Yorkshire Evening Post when she was sixteen. After a few months as a typist she was moved to the news room, where she became a junior reporter. Several years later she was made women’s page editor. In London, she was the fashion editor of Woman’s Own Magazine, then became a feature writer on the London Evening News. After a number of years in journalism, Barbara wrote A Woman of Substance. And the rest is history.

The recipient of many awards and honorary doctorates, she was given the order of the Order Of The British Empire (O.B.E.) by Queen Elizabeth II on the Queen's 2007 Birthday Honours list for her contributions to literature. Her original manuscripts are archived at the Brotherton Library at Leeds University, alongside the works of the Bronte sisters. She lives in New York City with her husband, Robert Bradford, a movie and television producer, who has made ten of her books into mini-series’ and movies-of-the-week. She has recently delivered her latest novel, Secrets From The Past, which will be published in April of 2013.


Bob Dotson is an NBC News correspondent whose “American Story with Bob Dotson” is seen on Today and other NBC News programs. He was also the writer and host of Bob Dotson’s Americaon the Travel Channel. His work on “American Story” has received more than one hundred awards for broadcast journalism. He lives in Connecticut.

For forty years, Bob Dotson has been traveling the country searching for ordinary Americans who have achieved something extraordinary in their lives, and bringing their inspiring stories to millions of viewers who tune in to NBC’s “Today.” “American Stories with Bob Dotson” has become the most honored series in the history of NBC News, winning hundreds of awards including a record five Edward R. Murrow Awards for the best-told news stories on television.  However, Bob always felt that there was so much more to these people and their amazing lives than could fit into a five-minute television segment. While he was on the road, he wrote down the details of his interviews that didn’t make it into the segment. Those accounts are brought together in AMERICAN STORY: A Lifetime Search for Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things


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