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Cover of: The Thorn Birds | Colleen McCullough
About the Book

The Thorn Birds is a robust, romantic saga of a singular family, the Clearys. It begins in the early part of this century, when Paddy Cleary moves his wife, Fiona, and their seven children to Drogheda, the vast Australian sheep station owned by his autocratic and childless older sister; and it ends more than half a century later, when the only survivor of the third generation, the brilliant actress Justine O'Neill, sets a course of life and love halfway around the world from her roots.

The central figures in this enthralling story are the indomitable Meggie, the only Cleary daughter, and the one man she truly loves, the stunningly handsome and ambitious priest Ralph de Bricassart. Ralph's course moves him a long way indeed, from a remote Outback parish to the halls of the Vatican; and Meggie's except for a brief and miserable marriage elsewhere, is fixed to the Drogheda that is part of her bones - but distance does not dim their feelings though it shapes their lives.

Wonderful characters people this book; strong and gentle, Paddy, hiding a private memory; dutiful Fiona, holding back love because it once betrayed her, violent, tormented Frank, and the other hardworking Cleary sons who give the boundless lands of Drogheda the energy and devotion most men save for women; Meggie; Ralph; and Meggie's children, Justine and Dane. And the land itself; stark, relentless in its demands, brilliant in its flowering, prey to gigantic cycles of drought and flood, rich when nature is bountiful, surreal like no other place on earth.

(First Edition Jacket)

Excerpts

On December 8th, 1915, Meggie Cleary had her fourth birthday.
added by Lisa. "first sentence"

36 editions First published in 1977

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Cover of: El Pajaro Espino/ the Thorn Birds
El Pajaro Espino/ the Thorn Birds
June 30, 2006, Punto De Lectura
Paperback in Spanish
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The Thorn Birds
September 6, 2005, Avon A
Paperback in English
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The Thorn Birds
2003, HarperCollins
Electronic resource in English
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The Thorn Birds
2000, Books on Tape, Inc.
Audio cassette
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The Thorn Birds
October 1999, Tandem Library
School & Library Binding in English
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The Thorn Birds
December 16, 1999, Longman
Paperback in English - New edition
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The Thorn Birds
January 1, 1999, Langensch.-Hachette, M
Paperback in German
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The Thorn Birds
February 1998, Buccaneer Books
Hardcover in English
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The thorn birds: a novel
1998, Gramercy Books
in English
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The Thorn Birds
July 1993, Avon
Paperback - Reissue edition
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THE THORN BIRDS (TROUBADOUR BOOKS)
1991, TIME WARNER PAPERBACKS
Paperback
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Nhzung con chim tan mình chxo chret =: (The thorn birds)
1989, Nhà xurat bkan Viuet Nam
in Vietnamese
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The Thorn Birds
April 1985, Audio Book Company
Audio cassette in English - abridged edition
Cover of: El Pajaro Canta Hasta Morir/the Thorn Birds
El Pajaro Canta Hasta Morir/the Thorn Birds
September 1985, Plaza & Janes Editories Sa
Hardcover
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The thorn birds.
1984, G.K. Hall
in English
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The thorn birds.
1984, Macdonald
in English
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Ci niao =: The thorn birds
1984, Hao Shi Nian chu ban she yu xian gong si
in Chinese - 880-03 Chu ban.
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The Thorn Birds
1984, Futura / MacDonald & Co.
Mass Market Paperback in English - Futura Edition, TV tie-in edition
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The thorn birds.
1978, Prior, G.K. Hall & Co
in English - Large print ed.
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The thorn birds.
1978, G.K.Hall & Co
in English
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The Thorn Birds
1978, Avon
in English
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The thorn birds.
1978, G.K.Hall & Co
in English - Large print.
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The thorn birds
1978, G. K. Hall
in English
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The thorn birds
1978, Book Club Associates
in English
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The Thorn Birds
1977, Harper & Row
Hardcover in English
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The Thorn Birds
1977, Avon Books
Mass Market Paperback in English - First Edition
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The thorn birds
1977, Harper & Row
in English - [Book club ed.]
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The thorn birds
1977, Macdonald
in English
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the Thorn Birds
1977, Harper & Row
Hardcover in English - First Edition
Cover of: The Thorn Birds
The Thorn Birds
1977, Harper & Row
Hardcover in English - First Edition
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The Thorn Birds
1977, Harper & Row
Hardcover in English
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The Thorn Birds
1977, International Collectors Library
Hardcover
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The Thorn Birds
1993 January, Blackstone Audiobooks
Audio cassette in English - unabridged edition
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The Thorn Birds
1978 June, Avon
Mass Market Paperback in English
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The Thorn Birds
1978 June, Avon
Mass Market Paperback in English
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Thorn Bird
Publish date unknown, Books On Tape
Audio cassette

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