Author Focus – Colleen McCullough

Although I am always up for reading books by new authors, over the years there are some writers whose books I have thoroughly enjoyed.

Colleen McCullough was an Australian author who was born in June 1937 and passed away in January 2015. She is without a doubt one of my favourite authors. I feel extremely lucky to have met her once. It was while I was studying for an Arts degree at Macquarie University in Sydney, that I met her as she was involved in the Ancient History department. She spoke one evening at the History Museum.

Oddily enough, the first book that I read of hers was not The Thornbirds. I became enamoured with her writing while plowing through her Masters of Rome series. This series had been recommended at a seminar that I attended at Sydney University in preparation for sitting the Ancient History exam for my Higher School Certificate (HSC).

Masters of Rome series (and a couple more)

This is my hardcover selection of her books. I own all but one of her Masters of Rome series. Four of these are hardcover, proving that I couldn’t wait to read the next instalment as she was writing and releasing them. They are definite keepers but I haven’t read the series for a while. Perhaps I should give them a re-read in the near future.

But I do feel I should read The Thornbirds first.

Do you have a favourite book of hers (if you are familiar with her work)?