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3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  637 ratings  ·  63 reviews
The bestselling author of THE THORN BIRDS returns with a novel of laughter, passion and more than a little magic ! 1960, Sydney's Kings Cross. Harriet Purcell leaves her conventional, respectable home and respectable, passionless boyfriend and moves into a rooming house owned by Mrs. Delvecchio Schwartz. There, Harriet finds a life she relishes -- excitement, adventure and ...more
Paperback, 363 pages
Published November 7th 2005 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published May 8th 2004)
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Neide Parafitas
Anos 60. Harriet tem 21 anos e é uma jovem decidida e dona do seu nariz, mas infelizmente não tem a melhor das famílias... A sua família é machista e preconceituosa e a jovem sente que precisa de conviver com outras pessoas, fazer novas coisas, enfim... viver!

Na faculdade Harriet conhece entretanto uma rapariga com a qual faz amizade - Pappy e esta "convida-a" para ir viver consigo para uma casa num dos bairros mal afamados de Sidney, a apelidada "Casa dos Anjos" pelas pessoas que nela habitam.
I don't know what I was expecting to read, but this wasn't it. Don't get me wrong: I LIKED it, I was just surprised. I was expecting something more realistic, more -- grown-up, I suppose. Instead I got a narrator who says "oooooo-aa!" every couple of pages, a psychic/telepathic child, and a completely mad cast of characters. I liked Jim and Bob, I thought it was obvious who Toby fancied right from the start, and Pappy must be riddled with STDs. Chris and Sister Cas hooking up with the Greek New ...more

What a wonderful book! I have just turned the last page and am already pining for more.

First published in 2004, this book is cleverly written as a sort of diary...or rather a story fashioned through the entries in a diary beginning on January 1st 1960 and continuing with regular entries until May 1961.

It tells the story of 21 year old Harriett Purcell who, after qualifying as an X-Ray technician and securing a good job position at a Sydney Hospital earning the "coveted" male wage rate...which is
Carol Preston
Not sure how to rate this story of a young woman leaving her home and family to explore living a completely different kind of life than that which she's grown up with and been groomed to repeat. I couldn't recommend it as it explores so many aspects of life that I found distasteful to read about - prostitution, clairvoyance, adultery, homosexuality.
And yet there were also very touching, poignant and loving aspects too. Colleen McCullough has not lost her ability to draw a reader in and create c
Absolutely loved this book. It was quirky and heart-warming, amazingly honest and a wonderful description of a culture and a lifestyle I know next to nothing about.

Found this inspiring and definitely very good, and will be recommending it for sure!
Didn't really like this book; a little crude.
Marlene Lewis
I enjoyed this story. Colleen McCulloch’s Angel is an odd mixture of fantasy, the supernatural, coming of age and social history. Set in the 1960s it depicts some of the newly acquired freedoms for women during that era – getting a job that is paid at (near) male rates, moving out of home while still single, relationship choices and being able to choose one’s friends. I could say that once unleashed from her conservative family home, Harriet makes some incredibly unrealistic choices but as a chi ...more
While I couldn't decide if I liked it or not when I first read it about year or two ago, I was pleasantly surprised when I read it again for Book Club.
It's definitely a character-driven book and what colourful characters there are! Set in Kings Cross Sydney in the 1960s, it's a story about one young woman starting her life by moving out of home, starting a career (not a job!), and learning about life. Throw in some family, new friends of different ages, genders and persuasions - as well as a bit
Pamela Darling
I chose to read this book based on its author Colleen McCullough (writer of the Thornbirds) . I had hoped for more than I got. It was easy to read and held my attention, but I was disappointed with the overall content. Because it is written as a diary I thought it lacked the intensity of a story told in the third person. However, that said, it was a clever idea.
Dee Renee  Chesnut
Sep 15, 2010 Dee Renee Chesnut rated it 2 of 5 stars
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It only rated 2 stars as it is a character-driven novel whose characters I did not like. I had higher hopes for this book when I started reading it. By page 200, I was bored. I scanned the rest just to see how it ended.
Harriet Purcell es una joven de 21 años dispuesta a romper con todo: con su familia, con sus amigos de toda la vida, con su novio... tiene el novio más soso y deprimente que pueda existir, quiere independizarse de su familia y tener su propia habitación, no dar explicaciones a nadie y tomar sus propias decisiones. Nada más conseguir el diploma de técnica en radiología, empieza a trabajar en el Queens, uno de los grandes hospitales de Sydney por esa época, los años 60. Allí conoce a Pappy, una me ...more
Don't bother. No, seriously, don't. Ms McCullough's writing style is juvenile at best and in this book she's at her worst. We're expected to believe that the main character has such a bond with her landlady's daughter that she'd move mountains to adopt her, yet we're never shown this bond, only told about it. And the main character herself is obnoxious, self-involved and so very immature, even allowing for her age and the time in which the book is set. Only my compulsiveness kept me from discard ...more
A lovely story of a young lady – Harriet – brought up in a very prim and proper Australian home, who fights against her parents and controlling fiancé’s wishes and moves out of home into The House which is situated in the ‘common’ area of Australia during the 1960’s.

The story is written through her eyes, via her diary, and takes us along the path of her finding herself with many interesting twists and turns along the way.

Towards the end I could not put it down! I would definitely recommend it.
Terminei agora a leitura e, embora ainda esteja a assimilar tudo, posso dizer que gostei deste livro.
No início, a leitura é um pouco difícil, pois toda a história está escrita em forma de diário e à medida que a leitura avança é-nos transmitido o que a narradora que é a personagem principal, pensa e acha acerca de tudo o que lhe vai acontecendo no dia-a-dia. Toda a história é contada através do seu ponto de vista e das suas opiniões acerca do mundo e dos acontecimentos na "Casa" e trabalho.
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Honestly do not bother. If it weren't too generous to use the word literary in regards to this book, I would say it was the literary version of the 'Hey! Look at us dumbarse Aussies' theme that the film Crocodile Dundee gave us. Painful overuse and over exaggeration of the Australian slang that is so Aussie we don't even use it in our general conversation. Juvenile narrative, lazy character development and extremely boring. Just awful.
A fascinating story of a young X-Ray technician in Australia in 1960, when young women were expected to be paragons of virtue, to work only until they married, and to defer to the men in the workplace and at home. The nursing sisters wear starched white headdresses and don't know what to make of Harriet Purcell who wants to kiss off her fiance of too many years, move out of her parents' house, and live her own unconventional life. She winds up in a very unusual rooming house and makes very good ...more
Set in 1960's Sydney, Angel Puss is such a fun and interesting story, with a cast of many characters that I wish I knew in real life. I loved the mix of paranormal, coming of age, sexual revolution and women's movement.
Childish novel immature style of writing, at times annoying especially with the oh ahh s scattered right through the book. But I persevered - Australian renown author after all.
I found in the long run that the burgeoning independence of women in the 60s was interesting and eye opening and I enjoyed this facet of the storyline. But the idealism was dumped in the last pages when she throws her job because she inherited- very disappointing - I thought we had been nurturing a woman of the future. C
Bronwyn Rykiert
This was another interesting story and it was a book club choice, it is one of the best we have read. It is 1960 and Harriet Purcell has just started work as a xray technician at a Sydney Hospital where she meets Pappy and from there goes to Kings Cross for the first time and before you know it she has left her comfortable home (where she shares a room with grandma) and moves into a rooming house in Kings Cross run by an unuusual woman, Mrs Delvecchio Schwartz, who is a tarot card reader and tel ...more
Marg Johnson
Such a fun read! She writes in a way that I feel like I'm actually there experiencing everything that she writes about!!!
Grāmatu „Eņģelis” lasu jau otrreiz, tomēr tā vēl aizvien spēj mani emocionāli piepildīt. Kolīna Makkalova stāstu veidojusi, kā galvenās varones- Herietas dienasgrāmatu. Šī jaunā sieviete, vēloties mainīt savu dzīvi, nonāk pazina pretēja pasaulē, kā uzaugusi. Ar laiku Herietei šī pasaule kļūst arvien tuvāka un mīļāka, it sevišķi mazais eņģelītis, kurā viņa iemīlējās no pirmā acu skatiena. Darbs pārņem savā varā ar dažādajiem varoņiem, kuri katrs ir ūnikums, sižeta līniju, kas nepārtraukti rosina ...more
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Disappointing book by McCullough. The story and characters were interesting enough to keep reading but not interesting enough to truly enjoy. A young woman beginning her first job moves to seedy part of town and makes friends with other others living in a somewhat run down boarding house-mostly to run off the man she is dating or engaged to. It is mostly her story but the others creep in as well. I do not have much to say about the middle of book but I will say the ending was quite unbelievable ...more
Jan 12, 2014 Джорджия rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Джорджия by: Аудио книги
Предимно от хора написали книги като "Птиците умират сами" се очаква много и аз малко се разминах с очакванията си. Не е лоша книгата, но сякаш знаех какво ще се случи във всеки следващ момент. Всичко ми беше много предвидимо.

Иначе е добре замислено - книгата е под формата на дневник /дневникът на главната героиня/, 60-те години в Австралия /винаги ми е много интересно да чета за Австралия, макар че тук го нямаше задълбочения поглед, който си спомням от "Птиците..."/, жените се борят за правата
Rebecca Ward
I loved this book and I never wanted it to end!
Enjoyed this book! A bit different but good nevertheless!
So different from The Thorn Birds... Too different...
Colleen McCullough writes with passion and realism, perhaps a little too raw for some who prefer more delicacy and less crude language. However the language suited the characters who lived in the less desirable area of Kings Cross, Australia during the early 1960's. Harriet, who moves into this rooming house run by the eccentric Mrs. Delvecchio Schwartz, is immediately taken by the bohemian lifestyle and by Flo, the mute and extraordinary daughter of Mrs. D.S. I was intrigued by this novel.
Lauren Miliotis
A good book, nice story, but didn't quite love it enough to give it that last star.

Admittedly, it's probably just because of my preferences - a little too much sex talk and tarot stuff, I prefer modern settings (this is set in 1960) and I never completely got over it being set in King's Cross... in Australia, not England. Not that it was really relevant, but it was distracting to me :p
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Colleen McCullough AO (born 1 June 1937) is an internationally acclaimed Australian author. Colleen was born in Wellington in central west New South Wales to James and Laurie McCullough.

McCullough was born in Wellington, in outback central west New South Wales, in 1937 to James and Laurie McCullough. She grew up during World War II. Before entering tertiary education, she previously earned a livin
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