Colleen McCullough


Born
in Wellington, New South Wales, Australia
June 01, 1937

Died
January 29, 2015

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Colleen Margaretta McCullough was an Australian author known for her novels, her most well-known being The Thorn Birds and Tim.

Raised by her mother in Wellington and then Sydney, McCullough began writing stories at age 5. She flourished at Catholic schools and earned a physiology degree from the University of New South Wales in 1963. Planning become a doctor, she found that she had a violent allergy to hospital soap and turned instead to neurophysiology – the study of the nervous system's functions. She found jobs first in London and then at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.

After her beloved younger brother Carl died in 1965 at age 25 while rescuing two drowning women in the waters off Crete, a shattered McCullough quit writing. S
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Average rating: 4.18 · 407,297 ratings · 11,928 reviews · 83 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Thorn Birds

4.23 avg rating — 309,521 ratings — published 1977 — 259 editions
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The First Man in Rome (Mast...

4.11 avg rating — 19,376 ratings — published 1990 — 74 editions
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The Grass Crown (Masters of...

4.30 avg rating — 10,831 ratings — published 1990 — 77 editions
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Fortune's Favorites (Master...

4.36 avg rating — 7,061 ratings — published 1993 — 53 editions
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Caesar (Masters of Rome, #5)

4.37 avg rating — 6,810 ratings — published 1997 — 43 editions
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Caesar's Women (Masters of ...

4.25 avg rating — 6,145 ratings — published 1996 — 52 editions
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Bittersweet

3.40 avg rating — 5,869 ratings — published 2013 — 44 editions
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The October Horse: A Novel ...

4.30 avg rating — 5,214 ratings — published 2002 — 37 editions
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Antony and Cleopatra (Maste...

3.99 avg rating — 4,960 ratings — published 2007 — 55 editions
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Morgan's Run

3.95 avg rating — 4,372 ratings — published 2000 — 65 editions
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“Never forget, Caelius, that a great man makes his luck. Luck is there for everyone to seize. Most of us miss our chances; we're blind to our luck. He never misses a chance because he's never blind to the opportunity of the moment.”
Colleen McCullough, Caesar

“There is a legend about a bird which sings just once in its life, more sweetly than any other creature on the face of the earth. From the moment it leaves the nest it searches for a thorn tree, and does not rest until it has found one. Then, singing among the savage branches, it impales itself upon the longest, sharpest spine. And, dying, it rises above its own agony to outcarol the lark and the nightingale. One superlative song, existence the price. But the whole world stills to listen, and God in His heaven smiles. For the best is only bought at the cost of great pain… Or so says the legend.”
Colleen McCullough, The Thorn Birds

“There are no ambitions noble enough to justify breaking someone's heart. ”
Colleen McCullough, The Thorn Birds

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THE CRIMSON PETAL AND THE WHITE BY MICHEL FABER
 
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MAISIE DOBBS BY JACQUELINE WINSPEAR
 
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ROMA: THE NOVEL OF ANCIENT ROME BY STEVEN SAYLOR
 
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THE HORNET'S NEST BY JIMMY CARTER
 
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DRUMS ALONG THE MOHAWK BY WALTER D. EDMONDS
 
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