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The Thorn Birds : The Classic Bestseller of Modern Times - Colleen McCullough

The Thorn Birds

The Classic Bestseller of Modern Times


Published: 30th March 2005
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'A perfect read ... The kind of book the word "blockbuster" was made for' Boston Globe

Treasured by readers around the world, this is the sweeping saga of three generations of the Cleary family. Stoic matriarch Fee, her devoted husband, Paddy, and their headstrong daughter, Meggie, experience joy, sadness and magnificent triumph in the cruel Australian outback. With life's unpredictability, it is love that is their unifying thread, but it is a love shadowed by the anguish of forbidden passions. For Meggie loves Father Ralph de Bricassart, a man who wields enormous power within the Catholic church ...

As powerful, moving and unforgettable as when it originally appeared, The Thorn Birds remains a novel to be read ... and read again.



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This book got me in right from the beginning - a page turner


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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Read
  • Engaging characters
  • Informative
  • Page-Turner
  • Well Written


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      Comments about The Thorn Birds:

      I can't believe it's taken me my entire adult life to get round to reading such an amazing book as The Thorn Birds. So well written, descriptive, easy to read and visualise. A true Australian read that is not so much a love story, but an Australian story.

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      'A heart-rending epic ... truly marvellous' Chicago Tribune

      'Beautiful ... compelling entertainment' New York Times

      Colleen McCullough

      Colleen McCullough was born in western New South Wales in 1937. A neuroscientist by training, she worked in various Sydney and English hospitals before settling into ten years of research and teaching in the Department of Neurology at the Yale Medical School in the USA. 

      In 1974 her first novel, Tim, was published in New York, followed by the bestselling The Thorn Birds in 1977 and a string of successful novels, including the acclaimed Masters of Rome series. 

      Colleen McCullough died January, 2015.

      Visit Colleen McCullough's Booktopia Author Page

      ISBN: 9780732282240
      ISBN-10: 0732282241
      Audience: General
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 768
      Published: 30th March 2005
      Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
      Country of Publication: AU
      Dimensions (cm): 18.1 x 11.2  x 4.5
      Weight (kg): 0.43
      Edition Type: New edition