Australian Author Colleen McCullough Has Died

Acclaimed Australian writer Colleen McCullough at home in Norfolk Island. (Photo by Patrick Riviere/Getty Images).

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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