A young kitchen maid leaves Fairley Hall. Emma Harte is sixteen, single and pregnant. 60 years later 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 vastness of Australia. But what is the price she has paid?
"A Woman of Substance" is a magnificent dynastic saga, as impossible to put down as it is to forget. A classic novel of our times.