Farewell Colleen McCullough
McCullough was born in the late 1930s in Wellington, a large city in the Australian state of New South Wales. Her father was a relatively recent Irish immigrant to the continent, while her mother came from neighboring New Zealand. As a child, McCullough lived with her family for a time in the Outback, Australia's rough, arid region, but spent most of her formative years in the large city of Sydney. A voracious reader from an early age, she excelled in academic pursuits, especially the sciences, and pinned her hopes upon becoming a doctor.
The Thorn Birds, became an international publishing sensation as its sales climbed past the seven-million mark. This saga of three generations in an Irish Catholic family in Australia seemed to pique interest in the history and culture of the continent, as witnessed by a spate of books and films set "Down Under" that entered into the annals of pop culture in the years following The Thorn Birds success.
Source: "Colleen McCullough." Authors and Artists for Young Adults. Vol. 36. Detroit: Gale, 2000. Biography in Context. Web. 30 Jan. 2015.
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