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HARPERCOLLINS, IN MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR DEAL, TO PUBLISH BARBARA TAYLOR BRADFORD

 HARPERCOLLINS, IN MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR DEAL,
 TO PUBLISH BARBARA TAYLOR BRADFORD
 NEW YORK, May 6 /PRNewswire/ -- One of the biggest deals in the history of American and British publishing has just been concluded.
 Barbara Taylor Bradford, one of the world's bestselling authors, with more than 40 million copies of her novels in print, has signed a contract to write three novels for HarperCollins, George Craig, Harper's chief executive officer, announced today.
 The multi-million dollar contract is for three books. Each will be published in hardcover by HarperCollins and in paperback by HarperPaperbacks, Harper's mass market division. The contract includes world English and audio rights for three novels. The first is scheduled to be published in Fall 1994, and the other two at intervals of 18 months thereafter.
 HarperCollins has published Bradford in England for the past 13 years, originally under the imprint of Grafton Books, one of its divisions. "I am delighted that HarperCollins will be publishing my books in the U.S.," said Bradford. "They have done so with great success in England ever since I became a novelist, and I have always felt very much at home with them. I am impressed by the quality of their program and the creativity they have brought to expanding my readership throughout the UK and the Commonwealth. I am sure we will be equally successful on this side of the Atlantic."
 "We are thrilled to be publishing Barbara Taylor Bradford," commented Craig. "She is one of the world's greatest authors of commercial fiction, with a devoted and passionate readership that numbers in the millions. We're proud to be adding her to our distinguished list of bestselling HarperCollins (U.S.) authors such as Jeffrey Archer, Clive Barker, Erma Bombeck, Len Deighton, Tony Hillerman, Susan Isaacs, and Anne Rivers Siddons."
 "Barbara Taylor Bradford is the class act in the field of commercial fiction," said HarperCollins group vice president and publisher of the Adult Trade Group William M. Shinker. "Her novels have incredible power and scope, and her inimitable heroines spark a sense of identification with her readers that other writers emulate but can never match. Her worldwide appeal is nothing short of amazing, and her sales potential is still on the upswing after an incredible string of successes that have spanned the eighties. We are confident that we can bring her to a still higher level of sales in hardcover, paperback, and audio formats in North America."
 This agreement also extends HarperCollins UK's agreement for three more books beyond the contact they already have. "Barbara Taylor Bradford is one of our most cherished authors," said Eddie Bell, executive chairman and publisher of HarperCollins UK. "I am happy that her name will now be associated with that of HarperCollins throughout the English-speaking world. This is a great opportunity for the company and a personal pleasure for me."
 Bradford was born in Leeds and sold her first story to a children's magazine at the age of 12. She started her journalistic career on the Yorkshire Evening Post as a reporter at 16, became its women's page editor at 18, and subsequently went to Fleet Street. She worked on a number of leading national magazines and newspapers in London, before coming to the U.S. in 1964, after her marriage to American movie and television producer Robert Bradford. She became a popular syndicated columnist in the United States, during which times she wrote six successful decorating books and several children's books.
 It was her first novel, "A Woman Of Substance," that catapulted her to fame around the world. Published in the U.S. by Doubleday, it remained on the New York Times mass market bestseller list for 48 weeks in 1980, a record for fiction, and to date has sold 14 million copies in 26 languages. That novel, and the next four -- "Voice of The Heart" (1983), "Hold The Dream" (1985), "Act of Will" (1986), and "To Be The Best" (1988) were made into highly acclaimed television minisereis. "To Be The Best" will be shown on the CBS television network this summer. Her other novels, "The Women In His Life" (1990), and "Remember" (1991), were published by Random House in the United States and by HarperCollins in England. Bradford's novels are published in 82 countries and 26 languages.
 HarperCollins Vice President and Editor-in-Chief Susan Moldow will serve as Bradford's editor for the three novels. Random House has one more novel to publish, which will be delivered by the end of the year, before HarperCollins begins to publish her novels in North America.
 Bradford is represented by Morton L. Janklow of Janklow & Nesbit.
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