New Release Books by Colleen McCullough

Colleen McCullough is the author of The Ladies of Missalonghi (2022), Caesar (2020), An Indecent Obsession (2020), A Creed for the Third Millennium (2020) and other 155 books.

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The Ladies of Missalonghi

release date: Jan 06, 2022
The Ladies of Missalonghi
From the internationally bestselling author of The Thorn Birds comes this charming novella about love, friendship and quiet rebellion. The Hurlingford family have ruled the small town of Byron, nestled in the Blue Mountains, for generations. Wealthy, powerful and cruel, they get what they want, every time. Missy Wright lives with her widowed mother and crippled aunt in genteel poverty. Hurlingfords by birth, all three are victim to the family''s rule of inheritance: the men take it all. Plain, thin and unforgivably single, it seems Missy''s life is destined to be dreary. But then a stranger arrives in town. A divorcee from Sydney. And she opens Missy''s eyes to the possibility of a happy ending. This is an endearing tale, full of wit, warmth and romance, from the bestselling author of The Thorn Birds. ''A must read for all fans of romantic fiction'' Daily Mail ''Extraordinary ... This is McCullough at her wicked best'' Daily Post ''Seductive and satisfying ... Readers will want to devour it in one sitting'' Publishers Weekly

Caesar

release date: Jun 16, 2020
Caesar
In the long, fabled history of Rome, never was there one more adored -- yet more feared -- than Gaius Julius Caesar. Invincible on the field of battle, he commands the love and loyalty of those who fight at his side and would gladly give their lives for his glory. Yet in Rome there are enemies everywhere orchestrating his downfall and disgrace. Fanatical rivals like Cato and Bibulus would tear Rome asunder just to destroy her greatest champion -- using their wiles, position, and false promises to seduce others into the fold: vacillating Cicero, the spineless Brutus ... even Pompey the Great, Caesar''s former ally. But only ill fortune can come to the "Good Men" who underestimate Caesar. For Rome is his glorious destiny -- one that will impel him reluctantly to the banks of the Rubicon ... and beyond, into triumphant legend.

An Indecent Obsession

release date: May 05, 2020
An Indecent Obsession
To the battle-broken soldiers In her care, nurseHonour Langtry is a precious, adored reminder of theworld before war. Then Michael Wilson arrives under acloud of mystery and shame to change everything. Adamaged and decorated hero, a man of secrets andsilent pain, soon he alone possesses Honour''s selflessheart -- inciting tense and volatile passions that canonly lead to jealousy, violence, and death.

A Creed for the Third Millennium

release date: May 05, 2020
A Creed for the Third Millennium
Tomorrow''s America is a cold and ravaged place, a nation devastated by despair and enduring winter. In a small New England city, senior government official Dr. Judith Carriol finds the man she has been seeking: a deliverer of hope in a hopeless time who can revive the dreams of a shattered people; a magnetic, compassionate idealist whom Judith can mold, manipulate and carry to undreamed-of heights; a healer who must ultimately face damnation through the destructive power of love.

Tim

release date: Apr 28, 2020
Tim
Mary Horton is content with her comfortable, solitary existence . . . until she meets Tim. A beautiful young man with the mind of a child -- a gentle outcast in a cruel, unbending world -- he illuminates the darkness of Mary''s days with his boyish innocence. And he will shatter the lonely, middle-aged spinster''s respectable, ordered life with a forbidden promise of a very special love.

Caesar's Women

release date: Apr 07, 2020
Caesar's Women
New York Times bestselling author Colleen McCullough re-creates an extraordinary epoch before the mighty Republic belonged to Julius Caesar—when Rome''s noblewomen were his greatest conquest. His victories were legend—in battle and bedchamber alike. Love was a political weapon he wielded cunningly and ruthlessly in his private war against enemies in the forum. Genius, general, patrician, Gaius Julius Caesar was history. His wives bought him influence. He sacrificed his beloved daughter on the altar of ambition. He burned for the cold-hearted mistress he could never dare trust. Caesar''s women all knew—and feared—his power. He adored them, used them, destroyed them on his irresistible rise to prominence. And one of them would seal his fate.

The First Man in Rome

release date: Apr 07, 2020
The First Man in Rome
With extraordinary narrative power, New York Times bestselling author Colleen McCullough sweeps the reader into a whirlpool of pageantry and passion, bringing to vivid life the most glorious epoch in human history. When the world cowered before the legions of Rome, two extraordinary men dreamed of personal glory: the military genius and wealthy rural "upstart" Marius, and Sulla, penniless and debauched but of aristocratic birth. Men of exceptional vision, courage, cunning, and ruthless ambition, separately they faced the insurmountable opposition of powerful, vindictive foes. Yet allied they could answer the treachery of rivals, lovers, enemy generals, and senatorial vipers with intricate and merciless machinations of their own—to achieve in the end a bloody and splendid foretold destiny . . . and win the most coveted honor the Republic could bestow.

Fortune's Favorites

release date: Apr 07, 2020
Fortune's Favorites
With incomparable storytelling skill, New York Times bestselling author Colleen McCullough brings Rome alive in all her majesty—and illuminates the world of those favored by the gods at birth. In a time of cataclysmic upheaval, a bold new generation of Romans vied for greatness amid the disintegrating remnants of their beloved Republic. They were the chosen...and the cursed—blessed with wealth and privilege yet burdened by the dictates of destiny in a savage struggle for power that would leave countless numbers crushed and destroyed. But there was one who would tower above them all—a brilliant and beautiful boy whose ambition was unparalleled, whose love was legend, and whose glory was Rome''s: a boy they would one day call "Caesar."

The Grass Crown

release date: Apr 07, 2020
The Grass Crown
New York Times bestselling author Colleen McCullough returns us to an age of magnificent triumphs, volcanic passions, and barbaric cruelties. Throughout the Western world, great kingdoms have fallen and despots lay crushed beneath the heels of Rome''s advancing legions. But now internal rebellion threatens the stability of the mighty Republic. An aging, ailing Gaius Marius, heralded conqueror of Germany and Numidia, longs for that which was prophesied many years before: an unprecedented seventh consulship of Rome. It is a prize to be won only through treachery and with blood, pitting Marius against a new generation of assassins, power-seekers, and Senate intriguers—and setting him at odds with the ambitious, tormented Lucius Cornelius Sulla, once Marius''s most trusted right-hand man, now his most dangerous rival.

Bittersweet

release date: May 12, 2015
Bittersweet
"Returning to the sweeping romantic saga, Colleen McCullough presents a new major work: the story of four unforgettable sisters navigating work, love, and their dreams in 1920s Australia. Because they are two sets of twins, the four Latimer sisters are as close as can be. They are famous throughout New South Wales for their beauty, wit, and ambition, but as they step into womanhood, they are not enthusiastic about the limited prospects life holds for them. Instead, Edda wants to be a doctor, Tufts wants to organize everything, Grace won''t be told what to do, and Kitty wishes to be known for something other than her beauty. Together they decide to enroll in a training program for nurses--a new option for women of their time. As they become immersed in hospital life and the demands of their training, they meet people and encounter challenges that spark new maturity and independence. They meet men from all walks of life--the local farmers, their professional colleagues, and even men with national roles and reputations, and each sister must make decisions about what she values most. The results are sometimes happy, sometimes heartbreaking, but always...bittersweet"--

Too Many Murders

release date: Jul 29, 2014
Too Many Murders
The second book in the Carmine Delmonico mystery series, Too Many Murders sees the resolute detective caught up in a seemingly insoluble, high-stakes case. It’s a beautiful spring day in the little city of Holloman, Connecticut; the year is 1967, and the world teeters on the brink of nuclear holocaust as the Cold War goes relentlessly on. But Holloman has other things to worry about on April 3rd, 1967; twelve murders have taken place on one day. Suddenly Captain Carmine Delmonico, chief of detectives, has other, more important matters to occupy is mind than finding a satisfactory name for his infant son. With his cohorts Abe Goldberg and Corey Marshall giving him unfailing support, Carmine embarks on what looks like an insoluble case. All the murders are different, and no victim is connected to any of the others. One group centers around the great university, Chubb, while another is inextricably tied to the armaments giant, Cornucopia. And as if twelve murders were not enough, Carmine soon finds himself pitted against the mysterious Ulysses, a spy giving Cornucopia’s armaments secrets to the Russians. Are the murders and espionage different cases, or are they somehow linked? Too Many Murders sees Carmine contending with a very different kind of problem than the one he faced in On, Off. It takes the addition of a new member to his team, the meticulous Delia Carstairs, to give Carmine the right bunch of people to solve the new case: a group that also includes the cantankerous Judge Douglas Thwaites, the smooth operator Commissioner John Silvestri, and his wife, Desdemona.

Water Is Life

release date: Dec 01, 2016
Water Is Life
Several years before she died, Colleen McCullough wrote this unusual and stimulating work of nonfiction exploring a subject close to her heart - the role of water in human history, and how best to harness its power to ensure Australia''s future. McCullough offers timely reminders for Australia''s business and political communities to focus attention on our water resources - before it is too late. But this is only one of the compelling stories that Water is Life has to tell: the other is the biography of Michael Crouch, the visionary businessman who transformed the hot water systems of Zip Industries into an international success story, exporting innovative, Australian-made products to more than 70 countries. In weaving these two strands together, McCullough demonstrates her unparalleled gift for storytelling, impressing upon readers the central significance of water to our world, and the potential for today''s leaders to fundamentally change the way we use it.

On, Off

release date: Dec 03, 2013
On, Off
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.

Antony and Cleopatra

release date: Dec 03, 2013
Antony and Cleopatra
In this final novel in the Roman series, McCullough turns her attention to the legendary romance of Antony and Cleopatra.

Naked Cruelty

release date: Dec 03, 2013
Naked Cruelty
Now in paperback—the gripping follow-up to Too Many Murders, in which Colleen McCullough pits Captain Carmine Delmonico against a dangerous villain and a difficult case. Once again, Captain Carmine Delmonico and his trusted detectives must restore peace to their small university town. 1968 was that kind of year. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy were both assassinated, riots raged in Detroit, and Richard Nixon was elected president. Amidst the new era of paranoia, Capt. Carmine Delmonico faces new challenges. Sex and greed dominate two new murder cases. And tension strains Carmine’s ties to colleagues, Desdemona and his elder son. The result will astound and test Delmonico as never before. Since her success with The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCullough has proved whether she’s writing about a Roman emperor, Mr. Darcy, or an American detective, her fans know they can expect an entertaining page-turner and Naked Cruelty is no exception.

Angel Puss

release date: Jun 01, 2016
Angel Puss
I wouldn''t walk on coals of fire for any man, but Flo? She''s my angel puss. My child. It''s 1960, and twenty-one-year-old Harriet ignores her father''s warning that ''only fools, Bohemians and tarts live at Kings Cross'' and moves into Mrs Delvecchio Schwartz''s rooming house. there she learns about men, love, and tarot cards. But it is mute four-year-old Flo who captures Harriet''s heart, and who teaches her that protecting those you care for most can be hardest of all. ANGEL PUSS vividly evokes the dynamism and passions of a Kings Cross that has gone. It is also the story of women''s love for children, and the sacrifices a woman will make to protect and nurture a beloved child. ''Irreverent, moving and irascibly funny'' Sydney Morning Herald ''A ripping read - big in spirit, heart and charm ... I was beguiled'' The Age ''Harriet is unforgettable'' West Australian

The Prodigal Son

release date: Dec 03, 2013
The Prodigal Son
The fourth entry in this “compelling, passionate, and gritty” (Daily Mail, UK) series by internationally acclaimed bestselling author Colleen McCullough sends Carmine Delmonico on a heart-pounding ride through the world of toxic substances and brilliant biochemists to pursue a mysterious killer on the loose. When Chubb University biochemist Millie Hunter notices that a deadly neurotoxin is missing from her laboratory refrigerator, she knows the situation is grave: the poison, extracted from a blowfish, shuts down the nervous system, leading to a slow, gruesome, and virtually unstoppable death. The very next night, Millie and her husband, another exceptional biochemist, attend a black tie dinner for an old friend, John Hall. John’s stepmother, an exotic former Yugoslavian model, has assembled some of the most important—and eccentric—people from Chubb University for a lavish dinner. Notably missing is John’s Aunt Emily, who holds an old family grudge. After dinner, the men retire for cigars and whiskey, and John suddenly falls to the floor and dies a horrible death. The cause: a dose of the missing neurotoxin, administered through a tiny puncture wound in his neck. As the bodies pile up and the coroner keeps pointing to the neurotoxin, Captain Carmine Delmonico must find the killer fast. Assisted by his brilliant colleague Delia and his constant wife Desdemona (an excellent cook), Delmonico follows the trail—no matter how close to home it may lead.

The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet

release date: Dec 03, 2013
The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet
Colleen McCullough''s sparkling, romantic sequel to Jane Austen''s Pride and Prejudice.

Sins of the Flesh

release date: Nov 12, 2013
Sins of the Flesh
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 Thorn Birds

release date: May 11, 2010
The Thorn Birds
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.

Masters of Rome Collection Books I - V

release date: Mar 01, 2014
Masters of Rome Collection Books I - V
The world cowers before its legions, but the fate of Rome hangs in the balance. From the marbled columns of the Senate to the squalid slums of the Subura, the city is about to be plunged into a conflict that will set rich against poor, Roman against Italian, father against son, a conflict destined to destroy the Republic but leave, in its stead, an Empire. From the seven hills of Rome to the Sahara desert, from Britannia to Bithynia, here is the stuff of legend: unbearable cruelty, martial brilliance, murderous ambition and heroic destiny. Colleen McCullough''s epic MASTERS OF ROME captures the soul of Rome in a way no other writer has ever managed. Included in this box set are the novels: THE FIRST MAN IN ROME. THE GRASS CROWN. FORTUNE''S FAVOURITES. CAESAR''S WOMEN. CAESAR. Please note: This ebook contains all the original maps and illustration.

The Song of Troy

release date: Mar 01, 2014
The Song of Troy
It was a clash of arms that would echo through the millennia: a hard-fought conflict born of love, pride, greed and revenge;a decade-long siege of the ancient world''s greatest city from which nobody will escape unscathed. As urgent and passionate as if told for the first time, international besteller Colleen McCullough breathes life into legend, swinging our sympathies from Greece to Troy and back again as they move inexorably towards a fate not even the gods themselves can avert. Here are Greek princess Helen, sensuous and self-indulgent, who deserts a dull husband for the sake of the equally self-indulgent Trojan prince Paris;the haunted warrior Achilles;the heroically noble Hektor;the subtle and brilliant Odysseus;Priam, King of Troy, doomed to make the wrong decisions for the right reasons;and Agamemnon, King of Kings, who consents to the unspeakable to launch his thousand ships, incurring the terrifying wrath of his wife, Klytemnestra. THE SONG OF TROY: A legend reborn.
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