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About the Author

Colleen McCullough was born in western New South Wales in 1937. A neuroscientist by training, she worked in various Sydney and English hospitals before settling into ten years of research and teaching in the Department of Neurology at the Yale Medical School in the USA. In 1974 her first novel, TIM, was published in New York, followed by the bestselling THE THORN BIRDS in 1977 and a string of successful novels, including the acclaimed MASTERS OF ROME and Carmine Delmonico series, and a memoir, LIFE WITHOUT THE BORING BITS. In 1980 she settled in Norfolk Island, where she lives with her husband, Ric Robinson, and a cat named Shady. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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''Vintage McCullough . . . underlines several of McCullough's enormous strengths as a writer - superbly deft characterization; multiple plots that move apace; a warmth and generosity in the telling; and dialogue sharp and, in moments, uproariously funny . . . a meditation on love and the decisions we make that riffle into our future.'' --Courier-Mail (Brisbane)

''Lovers of McCullough's bestseller The Thorn Birds will be happy to hear that Bittersweet takes us back to historic country Australia . . . as clever, compelling, and as down-to-earth as its four heroines.'' --Australian Women's Weekly

''It's the heartwarming family bonds that will have you passing this gem on to friends.'' --Better Homes and Gardens (Australia)

''A master class in succinct, precise prose, captivating yet flawed characters, and an engrossing historical setting . . . meticulously researched and cleverly composed.'' --Good Reading (Australia)

''McCullough's richly drawn characters grab hold of the heartstrings from the beginning of their journey through early-twentieth-century Australia, and prove that, even when choices are not in wide supply, happiness is attainable - even if, at times, it is bittersweet.'' --Publishers Weekly --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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Susan Pope
4.0 out of 5 stars Bittersweet but also beautiful
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2.0 out of 5 stars Okay read but it's no Thorn Birds
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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read
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4.0 out of 5 stars another great read from one of my favourite authors
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5.0 out of 5 stars it's Colleen McCullough so it has to be good. Love the story
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