Colleen Mc Cullough

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Colleen McCullough

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Colleen McCullough AO (born 1 June 1937) is an internationally acclaimed Australian author. She was born in Wellington in central west New South Wales

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.

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".[1]



Masters of Rome

  1. The First Man in Rome (1990)
  2. The Grass Crown (1991)
  3. Fortune's Favorites (1993)
  4. Caesar's Women (1996)
  5. Caesar: Let the Dice Fly (1997)
  6. The October Horse (2002)
  7. Antony and Cleopatra (September 2007)


  • Tim (1974)
  • 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)
  • The Courage and the Will: The Life of Roden Cutler VC (1999)
  • Morgan's Run (2000)
  • The Touch (2003)
  • Angel Puss (2004)
  • On, Off (2006)


  1. ^ Archibald Prize 07. Art Gallery NSW. Retrieved on 2007-07-19.


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