|Born||June 1, 1937|
Wellington, New South Wales, Australia
|Died||January 29, 2015 (aged 77)|
Norfolk Island, Australia
|Genre||Fiction, fantasy, drama|
Life[change | change source]
McCullough was born in 1937. Her parents were James and Laurie McCullough. Her mother was a New Zealander of part-Māori descent. During her childhood, her family moved many times. She read a lot. She attended Holy Cross College.
McCullough earned a living as a teacher, librarian, and journalist. In her first year of medical studies at the University of Sydney she suffered dermatitis. She was told not to be a medical doctor. Instead, she switched to neuroscience and worked in Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney.
In 1963, McCullough moved to the United Kingdom for four years. At Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, she met the chairman of the neurology department at Yale University. He offered her a research associate job at Yale. McCullough spent ten years from April 1967 to 1976 researching and teaching in the Department of Neurology at the Yale Medical School in New Haven, Connecticut, United States. It was while at Yale that she wrote her first two books.
Because these books were successful, McCullough stopped being a doctor. In the late 1970s, she lived in London and Connecticut, USA. She finally picked Norfolk Island in the Pacific. There she met her husband, Ric Robinson (then 33 years old). They married on 13 April 1983 (she was 46 years old).
In 1984 a portrait of McCullough, painted by Wesley Walters, was a finalist in the Archibald Prize. The prize is for the "best portrait painting preferentially of some man or woman distinguished in Art, Letters, Science or Politics".
McCullough was a member of the New York Academy of Sciences. She was a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She now lives in Sydney.
Writing history[change | change source]
Novels[change | change source]
- Tim (1974). Made into a film in 1979
- The Thorn Birds (1977)
- An Indecent Obsession (1981)
- A Creed for the Third Millennium (1985)
- The Ladies of Missalonghi (1987)
- The Song of Troy (1998)
- Morgan's Run (2000)
- The Touch (2003)
- Angel Puss (2004)
- On, Off (2006)
- The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet (2008)
- "Too Many Murders" (2010)
Biography[change | change source]
Masters of Rome Series[change | change source]
- The First Man in Rome (1990)
- The Grass Crown (1991)
- Fortune's Favorites (1993)
- Caesar's Women (1996)
- Caesar (1997)
- The October Horse (2002)
- Antony and Cleopatra (2007)
Carmine Delmonico series[change | change source]
- On, Off (2006)
- Too Many Murders (December 2009)
- Naked Cruelty (2010)
Screen adaptations[change | change source]
- Tim - made into a movie in 1979 starring Mel Gibson and Piper Laurie
- The Thorn Birds - made into a TV miniseries in 1983 starring Richard Chamberlain
- An Indecent Obsession - made into a movie in 1985 starring Gary Sweet
- The Thorn Birds: The Missing Years - made into a TV miniseries in 1996 starring Richard Chamberlain.
- Mary & Tim - a 1996 adaptation of the novel Tim
References[change | change source]
- Susan Wyndham (29 January 2015). "Colleen McCullough, author of The Thorn Birds, dies". The Age.
- Enough Rope - Transcript of McCullough interview with Andrew Denton (24 September 2007)
- Mary Jean DeMarr, Colleen McCullough: a critical companion, Page 2
- Mary Jean DeMarr, Colleen McCullough: a critical companion, Page 3
- "Archibald Prize 07". Art Gallery NSW. Retrieved 2007-07-19.
- ABC NSW http://www.abc.net.au/nsw/stories/s376367.htm Retrieved 2009-08-15
- Colleen McCullough, author of The Thorn Birds, dies