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I want to know more about Colleen McCullough the writer of The Thorn Birds.?

I need the writer's biography.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Colleen McCullough AO (born 1 June 1937) is an internationally acclaimed Australian author. Colleen was born in Wellington in central west New South Wales to James and Laurie McCullough.[1]

    A neuroscientist by training, she worked in various Sydney and United Kingdom hospitals before settling to ten years of research and teaching in the Department of Neurology at the Yale Medical School in New Haven, Connecticut, United States. In the late 1970s she settled on Norfolk Island, where she lives with her husband, Ric Robinson to whom she has been married since 1983.

    Her writing career began with the novel Tim (which was made into a movie starring Mel Gibson and Piper Laurie), followed by The Thorn Birds (1977), An Indecent Obsession, A Creed for the Third Millennium, The Ladies of Missalonghi, Morgan's Run, and the seven-part Masters of Rome series. The depth of historical research in the Roman novels led to her being created a Doctor of Letters by Macquarie University in 1993.

    She has also written a biography, Roden Cutler, V.C.

    She is a member of the New York Academy of Sciences and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

    In 1984 a portrait of Colleen McCullough, painted by Wesley Walters, was a finalist in the Archibald Prize. The prize is awarded for the "best portrait painting preferentially of some man or woman distinguished in Art, Letters, Science or Politics".[2]

    McCullough engendered criticism for controversial statements made during the Pitcairn sexual assault trial of 2004. McCullough asserted that the rapes committed by the defendants (all but one of whom were ultimately found guilty of at least some of the charges they faced) were "indigenous customs" and that "[i]t's Polynesian to break your girls in at 12."[3]

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  • 1 decade ago

    have you checkedt her website, or wikipedia, or just a basic google search for a start?

    I seem to recall a few years ago she got involved in a controversy. there was a protest against some primitive society's tradition of having adult males "breaking in" girls as young as 12. McCullough (I think) took their side, slating the opponents for attacking indigenous culture, or something similarly wishy woshy.

    ah, i have just seen that someone beat me to it and wrote a far better answer than this one. oh well.

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  • tien
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    4 years ago

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