The Thorn Birds Author:Colleen McCullough A robust, romantic saga of a singular family, the Clearys. It begins in the early part of the century when Paddy Cleary moves his wife, Fiona, and their seven children to Drogheda, the vast Australian sheep station owned by his autocratic and childless older sister; and it ends more than a half a century later, when the only survivor of the thi... more »rd generation, the brilliant actress Justine O'Neill sets a course of life and love halfway around the world from her roots.
The central figures in this enthralling store are the indomitable Meggie, the only Cleary daughter, and the one man she truly loves, the stunningly handsome and ambitious priest Ralph de Bricassart. Ralph's course moves him a long way indeed, from a remote Outback parish to the halls of the Vatican; and Meggie's except for a brief and miserable marriage elsewhere, is fixed to the Drogheda that is part of her bones -- but distance does not dim their feelings though it shapes their lives. /Book Club Edition/« less