Colleen McCullough one of Australia's Best Writers: Review
Colleen was born in Wellington, NSW in 1937. She thrived on her experiences for learning and spent time reading. Educated at the Holy Cross College and went to the Sydney University and the University of NSW.
She worked in Sydney hospitals as a neurophysiologist and spent time researching at the Yale Medical School in America. While at Yale she began to write. Her first book was called Tim in 1974. Then when she wrote “The Thorn Birds” it was a huge success and sold millions of copies and also sold paperback books in more than 40 other languages.
This was to become her most successful novel, even after writing twenty more. In the 1980’s this was then made into a miniseries in America.
Colleen McCullough Best Selling Novelist
Colleen McCullough moved to Norfolk Island where she lives with her husband, who is believed to be a direct descendant of the mutiny of the bounty. She was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for her service to the arts in 2006.
Some of the other twenty two books that she has written:
The Independence of Miss Mary Bennett
Too Many Murders - All the murders are different, and no victim is connected to any of the others..
On, Off - "I don't suspect anyone, and that's my worst worry. I should suspect someone, so why don't I?..
The Song of Troy - The great saga of the Trojan War
Morgan’s run – this book included a character from her home on Norfolk Island.
The Grass Crown - Gaius Marius, said "the elephant Gaius Claudius showed at the Ludi Romani."
Angel Puss – Story of a little magic, laughter and passion
The Ladies of Missalonghi- Story is set in Australia’s Blue Mountains
The Touch - Story is set in Australia
Antony and Cleopatra - story of the forces of politics, intrigue and ambition
The October Horse - Caesar is in the prime of his life and the height of his powers as the novel opens
First man in Rome - In Rome, 110BC, upstart military genius Gaius Marius marries the daughter of aristocrat Gaius Julius.
Caesars Woman - This is set in Ancient Rome
Caesar - Rome's leaders are frightened: the brilliant, ruthless Gaius Julius Caesar must be crushed
She is currently writing the Masters of Rome series and has taken ill.
Colleen Needs an Operation
Colleen at 72 years of age has been diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia. This illness causes intense stabbing pain in her face. She traveled to Sydney and on the 29th January had surgery to relieve the pressure on her brain.
Colleen had the surgery which took nine hours. She was in hospital for a month due to a hemorrhage and she is now recovering at home. It was reported that she has not lost her memory or any other functions and believes that she is better than she was before the operation as she is no longer in pain.
Will be continued when I find out more……