Published: May 2010 (First published 1977)
Publisher: Harper Collins
The Barnes & Noble Review
Family secrets, forbidden love, and the struggles of working in a hard new land intertwine in Colleen McCullough's bestselling romantic family saga, now in a 25th anniversary edition. This is the story of the Cleary family, who moved to Australia in the early 1900s to work Drogheda, a vast sheep station. Employing on a large canvas that encompasses two world wars and the Great Depression, McCullough lets the main characters take turns telling the story from 1915 to 1969. But the heart of the book is the forbidden love between Meggie -- Fee and Paddy Cleary's only daughter -- and Ralph de Bricassart, the handsome parish priest. It is a love with tremendous consequences for the future. When published, this novel received rave reviews; it holds up just as well for new and returning readers. Ginger Curwen
I first read 'The Thorn Birds' back in 1977 when it was first published. I loved every minute of it. There was even a TV mini series starring Richard Chamberlain and Rachel Ward (ok I'm showing my age again, I didn't have to check IMDB to get those names!) This is forbidden love to the nth degree. Beautifully written and wonderful to read. Try it again, or for the first time, and give yourself a huge treat. Perfect for older teens who like an involved and angst ridden story.