The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
The Thorn Birds is a 1977 best-selling novel by Colleen McCullough, an Australian author. In 1983 it was adapted as a television mini-series that, during its television run March 27-30, became the United States' second highest rating mini-series of all time behind Roots; both series were produced by television veteran David L. Wolper. The mini-series starred Richard Chamberlain, Rachel Ward, Barbara Stanwyck, Christopher Plummer, Bryan Brown, Mare Winningham, Philip Anglim, and Jean Simmons. It was directed by Daryl Duke. Set primarily on Drogheda, a fictional sheep station in the Australian outback, the story focuses on the Cleary family and spans the years 1915 to 1969.
The 396th greatest fiction book of all time
This book is on the following lists:
- - 85th on The 100 Favorite Novels of Librarians (Bookman.com)
- - 86th on Koen Book Distributors Top 100 Books of the Past Century (themodernnovel.com)
- - Världsbiblioteket (The World Library) (Tidningen Boken)