The Thorn Birds – Colleen McCullough

The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough

  • ‘The Thorn Birds’ by Colleen McCullough is one of the most beloved novels of all time.
  • Upon its publication in 1977, it became an instant bestseller and remains an internationally beloved favorite.
  • With over 10 million copies sold worldwide.
  • An epic about three generations of a remarkable family in the Australian outback.
  • The novel follows the triumphs and tragedies, the dramas and disappointments, the passions and the pain of the Cleary family and those who came into their lives.
  • A saga of three generations of the indomitable Cleary family begins in the early 1900s when Paddy Cleary, a poor New Zealand farm laborer, moves his wife and children to the Australian sheep station owned by his rich sister.
  • For more than half a century we follow their fates, particularly those of Meggie, the only Cleary daughter, and the one man she truly loves, Ralph de Bricassart – stunningly handsome, ambitious, and a priest.
  • As background to the Cleary family’s lives, there is the land itself, relentless in its demands, brilliant in its flowering.
  • ‘The Thorn Birds’ by Colleen McCullough is a sweeping family saga of dreams, titanic struggles, dark passions, and forbidden love in the Australian Outback.
  • Remains a novel to be read … and read again.

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