Here's how one Australian paper began its obit for a beloved author: "Colleen McCullough, Australia's bestselling author, was a charmer. Plain of feature, and certainly overweight, she was, nevertheless a woman of wit and warmth. In one interview, she said: 'I've never been into clothes or figure and the interesting…
Author Colleen McCullough has died at 77. Her multi-part "Masters of Rome" saga has been much praised, but it's The Thorn Birds she'll be remembered for.
Kids! For some reason, sitting on a towel on some sand near water has always been viewed as a valid excuse to abandon all literary aspiration and read lurid, purple prose. And we'll take it! Some all-time favorites: