Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

'The Thorn Birds' Author Colleen McCullough Dies at Age 77

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

'The Thorn Birds' Author Colleen McCullough Dies at Age 77

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Colleen McCullough * The best-selling Australian author, whose novel "The Thorn Birds" sold 30 million copies worldwide, died Thursday (Jan. 29, 2015) at a hospital on remote Norfolk Island after a long illness. She was 77.

Ms. McCullough had continued producing books despite a string of health and eyesight problems by using dictation, HarperCollins Australia publishing director Shona Martyn said. "Ever quick-witted and direct, we looked forward to her visits from Norfolk Island and the arrival of each new manuscript delivered in hard copy in custom- made maroon manuscript boxes inscribed with her name," Martyn said.

Ms. McCullough wrote 25 novels . Her final book "Bittersweet" was released in 2013.

Her first novel "Tim" was published in 1974. It became a movie starring Mel Gibson, who played a young, intellectually disabled handyman who had a romance with a middle-aged woman.

Her second novel, "The Thorn Birds," published in 1977, became a U.S. television miniseries in 1983 starring Richard Chamberlain, Rachel Ward and Christopher Plummer. …

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