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Top 40 Book Club : Top 40 Book Club Reads 2014
BOOK CLUB READS Top 40 FICTION 26 THE THORN BIRDS Colleen McCullough This 1977 classic best-seller tells the stor y of three generations of the Clear y family set at Drogheda, a sheep station in outback Australia, owned by the malevolent sister of the patriarch of the Cleary family. At the centre of the story is Maggie Cleary, who is introduced as a beautiful yet unappreciated four year old girl in a family of brothers. We follow Maggie as she grows and falls in love with a man that she can never have, Catholic Priest Ralph de Bricassart. Ralph is torn between his love for Maggie and his desire to ascend to the top of the Catholic Church. This epic saga is driven by family secrets, forbidden love and the beauty and power of the Australian outback. The Thorn Birds was filmed as a mini- series in 1983.
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