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Bittersweet

Bittersweet

Author: Colleen McCullough
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1476755450
Pages: 384
Year: 2014-08-19
Colleen McCullough’s new, romantic Australian novel about four unforgettable sisters taking their places in life during the tumultuous years after World War I is “just as epic as her ultra-romantic classic, The Thorn Birds” (Marie Claire). Because they are two sets of twins, the four Latimer sisters are as close as can be. Yet each of these vivacious young women has her own dream for herself: Edda wants to be a doctor, Grace wants to marry, Tufts wants never to marry, and Kitty wishes to be known for something other than her beauty. They are famous throughout New South Wales for their beauty, wit, and ambition, but as they step into womanhood at the beginning of the twentieth century, life holds limited prospects for them. Together they decide to enroll in a training program for nurses—a new option for women of their time. As the Latimer sisters become immersed in hospital life and the demands of their training, each must make weighty decisions about love, career, and what she values most. The results are sometimes happy, sometimes heartbreaking, but always…bittersweet. Set against the background of a young and largely untamed nation, “filled with humor, insight, and captivating historical detail, McCullough’s latest is a wise and warm tribute to family, female empowerment, and her native land” (People).
Les quatre filles du révérend Latimer

Les quatre filles du révérend Latimer

Author: Colleen McCullough
Publisher: Archipel
ISBN: 2809817308
Pages: 462
Year: 2015-06-10
Australie, début du XXe siècle. Les sœurs Latimer sont au nombre de quatre : Edda et Grace, les aînées, sœurs jumelles nées de la première union de leur père, un pasteur dont l’épouse est morte en couches ; Heather et Kitty, des jumelles également, filles de l’ancienne gouvernante du presbytère qui a épousé le révérend en secondes noces. En 1925, les sœurs âgées de 18 et 19 ans fuient l’austérité du presbytère et l’autorité maternelle pour se former au métier d’infirmière dans l’hôpital de leur ville natale, en Nouvelle-Galles du Sud. Là, chacune pourra aussi laisser libre cours à ses aspirations personnelles, dont la recherche de l’amour. Mais la Grande Dépression n’est pas loin, qui pourrait balayer bien des rêves d’émancipation dans une société encore très patriarcale... Une grande fresque sentimentale qui s’attache à la destinée de quatre jeunes femmes énergiques et attachantes.
The Touch

The Touch

Author: Colleen McCullough
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0743214684
Pages: 464
Year: 2003-11-25
Not since The Thorn Birds has Colleen McCullough written a novel of such broad appeal about a family and the Australian experience as The Touch. At its center is Alexander Kinross, remembered as a young man in his native Scotland only as a shiftless boilermaker's apprentice and a godless rebel. But when, years later, he writes from Australia to summon his bride, his Scottish relatives quickly realize that he has made a fortune in the gold fields and is now a man to be reckoned with. Arriving in Sydney after a difficult voyage, the sixteen-year-old Elizabeth Drummond meets her husband-to-be and discovers to her dismay that he frightens and repels her. Offered no choice, she marries him and is whisked at once across a wild, uninhabited countryside to Alexander's own town, named Kinross after himself. In the crags above it lies the world's richest gold mine. Isolated in Alexander's great house, with no company save Chinese servants, Elizabeth finds that the intimacies of marriage do not prompt her husband to enlighten her about his past life -- or even his present one. She has no idea that he still has a mistress, the sensual, tough, outspoken Ruby Costevan, whom Alexander has established in his town, nor that he has also made Ruby a partner in his company, rapidly expanding its interests far beyond gold. Ruby has a son, Lee, whose father is the head of the beleaguered Chinese community; the boy becomes dear to Alexander, who fosters his education as a gentleman. Captured by the very different natures of Elizabeth and Ruby, Alexander resolves to have both of them. Why should he not? He has the fabled "Midas Touch" -- a combination of curiosity, boldness and intelligence that he applies to every situation, and which fails him only when it comes to these two women. Although Ruby loves Alexander desperately, Elizabeth does not. Elizabeth bears him two daughters: the brilliant Nell, so much like her father; and the beautiful, haunting Anna, who is to present her father with a torment out of which for once he cannot buy his way. Thwarted in his desire for a son, Alexander turns to Ruby's boy as a possible heir to his empire, unaware that by keeping Lee with him, he is courting disaster. The stories of the lives of Alexander, Elizabeth and Ruby are intermingled with those of a rich cast of characters, and, after many twists and turns, come to a stunning and shocking climax. Like The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCullough's new novel is at once a love story and a family saga, replete with tragedy, pathos, history and passion. As few other novelists can, she conveys a sense of place: the desperate need of her characters, men and women, rootless in a strange land, to create new beginnings.
Sins of the Flesh

Sins of the Flesh

Author: Colleen McCullough
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1476735360
Pages: 288
Year: 2013-11-12
This thrilling mystery in the “compelling, passionate, and gritty” (Daily Mail, UK) Captain Carmine Delmonico series finds Carmine swept up in the hunt for not one, but two depraved killers. It’s August 1969 in the sleepy college town of Holloman, Connecticut, and police Captain Carmine Delmonico is away on vacation. Back at home, first one, then two anonymous male corpses turn up, emaciated and emasculated. After connecting the victims to four other bodies, Sergeant Delia Carstairs and Lieutenant Abe Goldberg realize that Holloman has a psychopathic killer on the loose. Luckily, Carmine comes back early from vacation. Carmine’s team begins to circle a trio of eccentrics, who readily admit to knowing all the victims, but their stories keep changing. They share family ties, painful memories, and a dark past. When another vicious murder rocks the town, Carmine faces the revelation that two killers are at large—even as he barely escapes being next in the body count. Suddenly the summer isn’t so sleepy anymore. With Colleen McCullough’s trademark “mind-boggling, murderous plots” (Kirkus Reviews), Sins of the Flesh “will be welcomed by readers who just love that creepy feeling,” (Publishers Weekly).
The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet

The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet

Author: Colleen McCullough
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 147676767X
Pages: 464
Year: 2013-12-03
Colleen McCullough's sparkling, romantic sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.
Tim

Tim

Author: Colleen McCullough
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0380711966
Pages: 288
Year: 1990-11-01
A highly intelligent, lonely, middle-aged spinster finds pure and innocent love in the arms of a simple-minded, young laborer
Ocean Child

Ocean Child

Author: Tamara McKinley
Publisher: Quercus
ISBN: 1623655668
Pages: 354
Year: 2014-10-07
Having disobeyed the wishes of her aristocratic family, Lulu Pearson, a young and talented Tasmanian sculptress, finds herself alone in London in the wake of the Great War. The future is looking bright until, on the eve of her first exhibition, Lulu learns she has inherited a racing colt called Ocean Child from a mysterious benefactor, and she must return to her homeland to claim him. Baffled by the news, Lulu boards a ship to Tasmania to uncover the truth behind the strange bequest, but it seems a welcome return is more than she can hope for. Unbeknownst to Lulu, more than a few fortunes ride on Ocean Child's success--it seems everyone from her estranged mother to the stable hands has a part to play, and an interest in keeping the family secrets buried.
Ladies of Missalonghi

Ladies of Missalonghi

Author: Colleen McCullough
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0380704587
Pages: 192
Year: 1988-04-01
Sometimes fairy toles can come true-even for plain,shy spinsters like Missy Wright. Neither as pretty as cousin Alicianor as domineering as mother Drusilla, she seems doomed to aquiet life of near poverty at Missalonghi, her family's pitifullysmall homestead in Australia's Blue Mountains. But It's a brandnew century-the twentieth-a time for new thoughts and boldnew actions. And Missy Wright is about to set every self-righteous tongue in the town of Byron wagging. Because she hasjust set her sights on a mysterious, mistrusted and unsuspectingstranger ... who just might be Prince-Charming in disguise.
Indecent Obsession

Indecent Obsession

Author: Colleen McCullough
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0380603764
Pages: 279
Year: 1981
Nurse Honour Langtry is a precious reminder to her patients of life before the war, but all changes with the arrival of Michael Wilson, a damaged and decorated hero, a man of secrets and silent pain, whose tense and volatile passions lead to jealousy, violence, and tragedy. Reissue.
Matilda's Last Waltz

Matilda's Last Waltz

Author: Tamara McKinley
Publisher: Quercus
ISBN: 1623655676
Pages: 448
Year: 2014-10-07
When tragedy strikes, Jenny craves a fresh start away from the memories of her past. So when she unexpectedly inherits a sheep station in the Australian Outback called Churinga, she welcomes the escape. But Churinga turns out to be a lonely place, where the weather is extreme and the neighbors hostile. As Jenny fights to take control of her new life, she discovers some surprising secrets about the station itself and its enigmatic previous owner--the mysterious Matilda--leading Jenny to wonder if inheriting the station has been a blessing or a curse.
The lady of the lake

The lady of the lake

Author: Sir Walter Scott
Publisher:
ISBN:
Pages: 383
Year: 1844

Too Many Murders

Too Many Murders

Author: Colleen McCullough
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1476767637
Pages: 384
Year: 2013-12-03
Master of suspense and bestselling author Colleen McCullough returns with this novel starring Carmine Delmonico, set in the late sixties in a sleepy New England college town—now in paperback. • Loyal fans: McCullough has an excellent track record across genres, and this intricately plotted page-turner represents some of her best work. The second installment in a three-book crime series, Too Many Murders features the newly married Carmine and Desdemona of On, Off, along with a new cast of richly drawn characters. • Rich, historical detail: McCullough paints a portrait of a quintessential New England university town during the 1960s. From the stately buildings of the campus to the town’s greasy diner, from gender politics to Cold War tensions, McCullough brings to life a period that many of her readers remember. • Murder in a small town: Twelve murders have taken place on one day. All are different, and no victim is connected to any of the others. At the same time, Delmonico finds himself pitted against the mysterious Ulysses, a spy giving armaments secrets to the Russians. Are the murders and espionage somehow linked?
The Thorn Birds

The Thorn Birds

Author: Colleen McCullough
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061990477
Pages: 688
Year: 2010-05-11
One of the most beloved novels of all time, Colleen McCullough's magnificent saga of dreams, struggles, dark passions, and forbidden love in the Australian outback has enthralled readers the world over. The Thorn Birds is a chronicle of three generations of Clearys—an indomitable clan of ranchers carving lives from a beautiful, hard land while contending with the bitterness, frailty, and secrets that penetrate their family. It is a poignant love story, a powerful epic of struggle and sacrifice, a celebration of individuality and spirit. Most of all, it is the story of the Clearys' only daughter, Meggie, and the haunted priest, Father Ralph de Bricassart—and the intense joining of two hearts and souls over a lifetime, a relationship that dangerously oversteps sacred boundaries of ethics and dogma.
Memory Boxes

Memory Boxes

Author: Heta Aali, Anna-Leena Perämäki, Cathleen Sarti
Publisher: transcript Verlag
ISBN: 383942786X
Pages: 242
Year: 2014-07
This volume discusses a practical approach to cultural transfer and exchange through the concept of 'memory box'. Ideas of displacement, transfer, and cultural memory are explored through case studies from Scotland to Italy and Germany and from Finland and France to the American colonies. The authors develop an understanding of memory boxes as cultural constructions that are involved in the process of making and disputing memory - but which, simultaneously, are important agents for cultural transfer over space and time. This book emphasises 'memory box' as an idea that allows us to study the cultural processes of transfer in conjunction with cultural memory.
On, Off

On, Off

Author: Colleen McCullough
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1476767599
Pages: 320
Year: 2013-12-03
A searing scientific murder mystery packed with heartpounding twists. It is 1965, and in Holloman, Connecticut, someone is preying on the innocent. At a prestigious research centre for the neurosciences, fondly known by its staff as “the Hug,” parts of a mutilated body are discovered. Very soon Lieutenant Carmine Delmonico of the Holloman Police learns that a string of horrifying murders, each fitting the same modus operandi as the body found at the Hug, has been occurring throughout the state. Then another body is found and the medical staff become prime suspects... With the Center’s hierarchies of power in turmoil and every member of its staff hiding something, Delmonico delves into the lives and pasts of each and every employee. It is the case of his career, and he is determined to solve it. But how do you find a monster who leaves no clues and is always two steps ahead?” Colleen McCullough artfully maintains the suspense and holds back the truth until the last page, where she presents the reader with one final terrifying and unexpected twist. On, Off is a classic murder mystery, written with all the flair and skill that have made Colleen McCullough one of the most popular novelists of her time.