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#1082608 - Thu Jan 29 2015 03:25 PM Colleen McCullough
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Registered: Thu Sep 30 1999
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Loc: Kowloon Tong  Hong Kong      
This famed Australian author has died. I well remember the huge
acclaim for the Thornbirds.A sad loss.
Wandering aimlessly through FT since 1999.

#1082609 - Thu Jan 29 2015 03:48 PM Re: Colleen McCullough
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I re-read the Thornbirds only last year. Was one of the first major blockbuster-type books that I read, when the TV mini series was running. I wasn't allowed watch the TV version, but nobody objected to me reading (the even more explicit) book!

Also loved her book "Tim", which I found very moving and quite sweet.

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#1082628 - Thu Jan 29 2015 08:37 PM Re: Colleen McCullough
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Registered: Sun Nov 14 2010
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Loc: Alabama USA
I loved The Thorn Birds and many of her other books.

UPTV is showing reruns of Judging Amy. In one of the episodes which aired today, a character mentions that he is reading The Thorn Birds to his wife.

#1082664 - Fri Jan 30 2015 02:08 AM Re: Colleen McCullough
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Registered: Tue May 15 2001
Posts: 14384
Loc: Australia
A great loss.

I loved Tim too, Santana! Been so long since I have read it that I might have to track it down again.

#1082697 - Fri Jan 30 2015 07:05 AM Re: Colleen McCullough
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I must be the only Aussie that has never read any of her books, but she was a very proud Australian.
The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not smashing it.

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#1099293 - Thu Jun 18 2015 01:47 AM Re: Colleen McCullough
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Registered: Fri Jan 30 2015
Posts: 49
Loc: London UK
My husband introduced me to her series of books about Rome. They are meaty well researched books about the development of Rome from the time of Marius to the time of Marc Antony. I found them both engrossing and astonishing. I'd no idea she was such a heavyweight writer capable of such well-researched and knowlegable work. I enjoyed most the books about the periods I knew least about. They were so interesting. They are not dry historical books but tell the story of Rome through the lives of its major players. I was undergoing treatment for breast cancer at the time which lasted 10 months and I took them with me when waiting in hospital clinics or travelling to appointment. It was also something I could do when chemotherapy took my energy away. For radiotherapy I had to attend hospital every day for 6 weeks and they really took me out of myself. It was a comfort to know I had enough written material to keep me going through it all. They are big books in every sense of the word.


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