Australian author Colleen McCullough has died at age 77.
The best selling author died while in a Norfolk Island hospital on Thursday afternoon.
Her most famous work “The Thorn Birds” was published in 1977. It became a global bestseller and was transformed into a mini-series in 1983.
Before she turned to writing McCullough was a neuroscientist working in the US.
Over her career she published about 25 books, including an extensive series detailing Ancient Rome.
Her final novel “Bittersweet” was published in 2013.
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