Brenda Jagger was born on 1936 in Yorkshire, England, UK, which was the setting for many of her books including her famous ‘Barforth’ family saga. The recurring central themes of her work are marriage, womanhood, class, identity, and money in the Victorian Era. Her work has been praised for its compelling plots and moving storylines as well as its exacting emotional descriptions. Her later novel A Song Twice Over won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award in 1986.

Married, she had three daughters. Worked in Paris and as a probation officer in the north of England. She passed away in 1986.

Book List in Order:12 titles

  • In a world of mill barons and railway kings, two sisters Oriel and Kate share the same uncaring father. But whereas Kate is legitimate, Oriel is not. Oriel learns from an ambitious mother to be cool, to calm the fire in her heart. Kate, with emotions...


  • At the height of the Industrial Revolution, two women struggle to break free of the conventions that bind them. Cara, poor and beautiful, dreams of evading the menacing shadow of the workhouse, of becoming both financially independent and free of her...


  • Claire married "up" just before her husband left for World War I, finds herself having to cope as Jeremy Swanfield's young widow with her dead husband's family and her own mother and stepfather. The war was over, and her husband's family were eager t...


  • Olivia Herons vagrant Parisian childhood ended on the day her brother died. Now, as heiress to Clarrow Fell, Olivia brings her delightful, frivolous mother and her sisters home to Yorkshire - and to a different world. The elegant salons, the shabby l...


  • Original title: The Sleeping Sword. Grace Agbrigg has ambitions beyond merely ornamenting the home of a rich husband. But high Victorian England is still almost wholly a man’s world in which women " rich or poor " must do the bidding of fath...


  • Grace Agbrigg has ambitions beyond merely ornamenting the home of a rich husband. But high Victorian England is still almost wholly a man’s world in which women " rich or poor " must do the bidding of father, husband or employer. Attracted agai...


  • Original title: Flint and Roses THREE SISTERS - HEIRS TO WEALTH, AMBITION AND LUST. Left wealthy and independent by the death of their dictatorial father, the Barforth sisters chose very different paths to fulfill their desires and destinies in...


  • THREE SISTERS - HEIRS TO WEALTH, AMBITION AND LUST. Left wealthy and independent by the death of their dictatorial father, the Barforth sisters chose very different paths to fulfill their desires and destinies in a changing world. Celia used her f...


  • About a 1st century Greek courtesan whose clients include the son of Emperor Tiberius and the powerful captain of the Praetorian Guard, Sejanus....






  • VERITY BARFORTH WAS AN UNTOUCHED GIRL OF 17 WHEN SHE WAS MARRIED. SHE WAS A WOMAN OF 26 WHEN SHE FELL IN LOVE. Verity knew well why her handsome, womanizing cousin Joel Barforth wed her. She was heiress to a great Yorkshire weaving mill, and her h...


  • Original title: The Clouded Hills. VERITY BARFORTH WAS AN UNTOUCHED GIRL OF 17 WHEN SHE WAS MARRIED. SHE WAS A WOMAN OF 26 WHEN SHE FELL IN LOVE. Verity knew well why her handsome, womanizing cousin Joel Barforth wed her. She was heiress to a...


  • Nero had been dead for six months and Rome was a changed city. His butterfly world had vanished before a bookkeeping emperor in his seventies, and Rome would have to wait for Galba’s death before the glamorous people could return. In one respect, h...