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About the Author
Born in 1937, Colleen McCullough was a neuroscientist by training and worked in various Sydney and English hospitals before settling in the Department of Neurology at Yale Medical School in the USA. Her hugely successful novel, The Thorn Birds, was published in 1977 followed by a string of bestselling books. Colleen lived for many years on Norfolk Island and died there in 2015 aged 77.
Hometown:Norfolk Island, 1,000 miles off the Australian coast
Date of Birth:June 1, 1937
Place of Birth:Wellington, New South Wales, Australia
Education:Attended University of Sydney
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I must say, Dapto Tuesday Book Club ushered in 2007 with a great meeting! We started the year with a light read from Colleen McCullough's Angel Puss. Set in 1960's King Cross, it tells the story of Harriet Purcell, a young nurse keen to get out of home and away from the clutches of her family and long time boyfriend. Training as a technician, and so armed with a coveted man's wage (rare for a young woman back then), Harriet begins her adventure into the world of prostitutes, gays, luscious doctors and crystal balls.Although it was only released a few years ago, Nancy provided us with information that McCullough actually wrote it in the 70s, after penning the Thorn Birds. We all agreed that there are plenty of biographical aspects to this story, but most of our members found the story too fluffy, the characters not believable and the writing childish.This is not to say some of us didn't enjoy the read. Carol, Denise and Sue thought it was a fun book - perfect summer reading. It produced a stimulating discussion on the place of women in the 50s and 60s and also Kings Cross itself. There were plenty of stories of personal experiences at the Cross in younger days, but admission that its hidden, seedier side was something they were mostly unaware of. Ahhh, the innocence of youth!Eventually we did circle around to Angel Puss herself, the young autistic four year old from who the book takes its title, and the heartreaking aspects of autism. Personally I loved the book, as I do most of McCullough's work. I found it fun, full of humour and thoroughly entertaining, with all the wonderful Australian characters I've come to expect from her novels. She is a brilliant story teller, something that is truly in her nature. I met her many years ago and found her to be down to earth and completely unpretentious. So although this book scored low with our group - due mainly to the writing style I presume, it did give us plenty of fodder for deabte and dialogue. Which is what we like to do most! Welcome back everyone.
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