Colleen McCullough was born in Wellington, New South Wales, working in hospitals in Sydney and London before moving to the Yale University Medical School to train as a nurse. There she wrote the phenomenal bestseller THE THORN BIRDS. Colleen McCullough died in January 2015.
'A true epic . . . It's easy to see why this stunning tale has been called the Australian Gone With the Wind' Daily Mail
'One of the biggest-selling, most widely read books in the history of fiction' Observer
In the rugged Australian Outback, three generations of Clearys live through joy and sadness, bitter defeat and magnificent triumph - driven by their dreams, sustained by remarkable strength of character and torn by dark passions, violence and a scandalous family legacy of forbidden love.
It is a poignant love story, a powerful epic of struggle and sacrifice, a celebration of individuality and spirit. Most of all, it is the story of the Clearys' only daughter, Meggie, who can never possess the man she so desperately adores - Ralph de Bricassart. Ralph will rise from parish priest to the inner circles of the Vatican ... but his passion for Meggie will follow him all the days of his life.
A timeless epic romance - a battle between faith and the heart
One of the most loved novels of all time, The Thorn Birds is a sweeping saga of dreams, titanic struggles, dark passions and forbidden love in the Australian Outback.DAILY MAILOBSERVERDAILY TELEGRAPH