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Colleen McCullough, author of ‘The Thorn Birds’, dead at 77

Colleen McCollough, author of the worldwide bestseller The Thorn Birds, has died. She was 77.

HarperCollinsPublishers Australia posted an update on Facebook saying: “It is with great sadness that HarperCollinsPublishers Australia advise that the iconic and much-loved author, Colleen McCullough, passed away on Thursday 29 January 2015 in hospital on Norfolk Island, aged 77.”

The Thorn Birds was published in 1977 and sold 30 million copies worldwide. It was turned into a TV mini-series in 1983 starring Richard Chamberlain. It became the second highest rated mini-series of all time in the United States just behind Roots.

For the young ones reading… why was The Thorn Birds such a hit? Well, it was basically a sweeping story centered around a beautiful girl and a Roman Catholic priest. There was a secret baby and all that. So for these books out there right now with a girl falling in love with blank (insert taboo subject here) like Fifty Shades of Grey and its ilk — this is the blueprint.

Thank you Colleen McCullough! Rest in peace.

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