Farewell to a great author … Colleen McCullough
Internationally acclaimed Australian author Colleen McCullough has died in hospital on Norfolk Island, aged 77. She was the author of acclaimed novels ‘Tim’, ‘The thorn birds’, ‘Morgan’s Run’ and many others.
Although born and raised in Australia, her mother Laurie was a New Zealander of Maori ancestry and her father Jim was an Irish immigrant. An intelligent child, Colleen did well and eventually worked as a neuroscientist at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney, before taking on a researcher role at Yale Medical School where she worked for 10 years. It was during her time at Yale that she wrote her first novel on her trusty typewriter.
McCullough moved to Norfolk Island and married Ric Robinson in 1984. The most recent of her 25 works, Bittersweet, was published in 2013 and she was working on a sequel prior to her death. Read more
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