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Colleen McCullough one of Australia's Best Writers: Review

Updated on March 16, 2010


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 Moves

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?..

Indecent Obsession

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."

Fortunes Favorites

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……

Colleen McCullough books


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    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Carol Bloomhuff, Sorry to hear you have the same probs. And yes she was a great authoress. thanks for stopping by

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      Carol Bloomhuff 

      8 years ago

      The Thorn Birds remains my most favored book of all time. I too suffer with Trigeminal Neuralgia and can therefore understand her pain. I offer prayers of comfort and a successful surgery.

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      support med, yes she has to finish off her novels so that would give her incentive and the drive to survive. I think. We all need to think positive about our future.

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      Support Med. 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      It's good to know that she is doing well! Like most everyone else the mini-series The Thorn Birds was one of my family's favorite. I read 'The Touch' and it's a really good book. It's good to know that a fellow writer can keep writing due to overcoming pain/surgery. Thanks for the info.

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Stars439, yes shes good writer, thanks for stopping by

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      8 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Fascinating artist she is, and thank you for the lead to her work. God Bless You Dear Heart.

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      habee, yes it was a terrific book and mini series. thanks for stopping by

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      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      I loved the Thorn Birds! Interesting hub!

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      valeriebelew, yes thats probably true. I read more when we are away. at home seem to be writing most of the time and reading hubs of course. thanks for stopping by

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      8 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

      I read the Thornbirds, but have never read any of her others. I guess as writers, we write whether people read it or not. That seems to be the nature of the beast. LOL.

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      lctodd, it was one of her most brilliant ones and yes I have to agree with you there, thanks for reading and commenting.

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      8 years ago from USA

      Hey, this is great. Yes, we all loved The Thornbirds...if it came on tonight I am sure I would watch it again....

      Thanks for sharing this about the author.

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      2 patricias, She has been around for a long time, glad that you are ok patricia.

      breakfastpop, yes she sure wrote some good books and will still be writing once she gets over this. thanks again.

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      8 years ago

      Sorry to hear about her pain and happy to hear she is recovering. She is a brilliant author. Great hub.

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      8 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      I have read some of her books and enjoyed them. I did not know she wrote so many.

      I have an attacks of trigeminal neuralgia and know for sure that it is intensely painful. I was lucky to have it treated by drugs and not surgery.

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      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Sandyspider, yes she is a brilliant writer. thanks

      Ethel, She's been around for years as you can see. thanks ethel.

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      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      New to me. THanks for sharing

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      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      I will have to read some of her books. Thanks.


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