‘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.