Colleen McCullough was born in New South Wales in 1937. A neuroscientist by training, she worked in hospitals in Sydney, London and Yale. By night, she wrote - and her second novel, The Thorn Birds (1977), became a global bestseller. She published 25 novels, ranging from love stories to crime fiction, including the monumental, seven-volume Masters of Rome historical fiction series.
'Seductive and satisfying ... Readers will want to devour it in one sitting' Publishers Weekly. 'Extraordinary ... This is McCullough at her wicked best' Daily Post. 'A must read for all fans of romantic fiction' Daily Mail.