Australian novelistColleen Margaretta McCullough RobinsonHe was born on June 1, 1937 in Wellington, New South Wales. She worked in a variety of genres, but was best known for her second novel, the sweeping romanceThe Thorn Birds(The Thorn Bird, 1977; TV miniseries 1983), and for his seriesMasters of Rome(1990-2007), a thoroughly researched fictional account of Rome in the time of Julius Caesar.
McCulloughHe was born in the Australian outback. His family moved frequently and he eventually settled in Sydney. After a period of sporadic work, he returned to the University of Sydney (where he had studied briefly before) and obtained a degree in neurophysiology. In 1958 he founded the neurophysiology unit at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney. After moving to England in 1963,McCulloughhe worked in London and Birmingham hospitals and obtained a master’s degree in neurophysiology from the University of London. He then accepted a position in the United States in the department of neurology at Yale School of Medicine, where he taught and directed the laboratory from 1967 to 1976.
McCullough, who had previously written for fun, began writing during this period in order to supplement his income. His first novel,Tim(1974; 1979 film), about a love story between a man with an intellectual disability and an older woman, was well received. However, it was his second job,The Thorn Birds, which earned him a devoted audience. The novel, which centers on a frustrated love story between a Catholic priest and a young woman in the Outback, earned himMcCullougha record advance of nearly $ 2 million. In 1980 he moved to the isolated island of Norfolk, an Australian territory.
He continued posting, releasingAn indecent obsession(An indecent obsession, 1981; film 1985), about a pavilion for soldiers with war neurosis in World War II, andThe Ladies of Missalonghi(The young ladies of Missalonghi, 1987), a romance set in Australia. In 1990 he published the first of his seven booksMasters of Rome,The First Man in Rome. The works, which focus on historical figures during the decline of the Roman Republic, were widely praised for their meticulous adherence to the historical record. The last novel,Antony and Cleopatra, was published in 2007.
McCulloughwas named “living treasure“by the National Trust of Australia in 1997 and made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2006.