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Issue Details: First known date: 1977 1977
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The Thorn Birds is the unforgettable story of the Clearys, spanning three generations; a sweeping family saga of dreams, titanic struggles, dark passions, and forbidden love in the Australian Outback. (Source: Trove)

Adaptations

form y The Thorn Birds Carmen Culver , Los Angeles : David Wolper - Stan Margulies Productions , 1983 Z1287350 1983 single work film/TV

This four-part mini-series, set in Australia, covers forty-two years in the life of Ralph de Bricassart, a Roman Catholic priest who engages in a constant struggle between his calling and his carnal desires. In part one, a young Father Ralph is sent to administer a parish in outback Australia and finds himself drawn into a relationship with Mary Carson, owner of a massive sheep station. Here, too, he begins a close friendship with Carson's niece, Meggie Cleary, then a child. In part two, a bush fire destroys the Carson home and much of the station and stock. Later, having previously succumbed to their mutual passion, Father Ralph and Meggie experience an uncomfortable reunion. The politically ambitious Ralph also forms a strong and beneficial alliance with Archbishop Contini-Verchese, one of Rome's most influential religious leaders. Part three finds Meggie disillusioned after entering into an unhappy marriage. She eventually ends up working as a housemaid on a Queensland sugar-cane plantation, but later finds out that she is pregnant. The final episode, part four, covers a timespan of nearly thirty years (1935-1962) and focuses on the lives of Meggie's children, the flamboyant aspiring actress Justine and would-be priest Dane, neither of whom are initially aware of the past relationship between their mother and Father Ralph (aka Cardinal de Bricassart).

form y The Thorn Birds : The Missing Years David Stevens , United States of America (USA) Australia : The Wolper Organization Warner Brothers CBS Village Roadshow , 1996 Z1687957 1996 single work film/TV Picks up the story of The Thorn Birds from the German occupation of Rome and the Allied landing in Sicily. It follows the main character's eventual return to the endless miles of the Australian outback, where he must confront his passion, faith, and ultimate fate.
The Thorn Birds Gloria Bruni , Colleen McCullough , Michael Bogdanov , Gloria Bruni (composer), 2009 single work musical theatre

Notes

  • Dedication: For 'big sister' Jean Easthope
  • Also published in the series, Penguin Readers, Level 6; retold by Ann Ward (1998); and as part of a Reader's Digest Condensed Book, The Thorn Birds : and other stories (1978).
  • Also translated into other languages not listed here.
  • Other formats: Also sound recording, large print and braille.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

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      Sydney, New South Wales,: Harper and Row , 1977 .
      Extent: 533p.
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      • Note on verso title page : 'Published simultaneously in Canada by Fitzhenry and Whiteside Limited, Toronto, and simultaneously in Australia-New Zealand by Harper & Row (Australasia) Pty. Ltd.'
      • First published May 1977.
      ISBN: 0060129565
    • London,
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      Raven Books , 1977 .
      Extent: [9], 533p.
      ISBN: 0354042319
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      Harper and Row , 1977 .
      Extent: 525p.
      Note/s:
      • Copyright date
      ISBN: 0063120046 (pbk.)
    • London,
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      MacDonald , 1977 .
      Extent: 558p.
      Note/s:
      • Also published 1984.
      ISBN: 0356108082
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      Harper and Row , 1977 .
      Extent: 560p.
      Edition info: [Book Club ed.]
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      Avon Books , 1977 .
      Extent: 673p.
      Note/s:
      • 1st paperback ed.
      ISBN: 0060837551 (pbk.)
    • London,
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      Futura , 1978 .
      Extent: 591p.
      ISBN: 0708813747
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      Avon Books , 1978 .
      Extent: 692p.
      ISBN: 0380018179
    • Salisbury, Wiltshire,
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      Graham Pub. , 1978 .
      Extent: 533p.
      ISBN: 0869210092
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      Avon Books , 1981 .
      Extent: 530p.
      ISBN: 0380563908
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      Avon Books , 1982 .
      Extent: 692p.
      ISBN: 0380018177
    • London,
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      Warner Books , 1993 .
      Extent: 591p.
      Reprinted: 1998
      ISBN: 0751506001 (pbk.)
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      Gramercy Books , 1998 .
      Extent: 693p.
      ISBN: 0517201658
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: HarperCollins , 2015 .
      Extent: 768p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 01/12/2015
      ISBN: 9780732297497
    • Sydney South, South Sydney area, Sydney Southern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: HarperCollins , 2015 .
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      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Extent: 752p.p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 23 November 2015.
      ISBN: 9780732297497, 0732297494
Alternative title: Dornenvogel : Roman
Language: German
    • Vienna,
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      Verlag Fritz Molden , 1977 .
      Extent: 654p.
      Description: illus., map
      Note/s:
      • This translation republished several times.
      ISBN: 3217008944

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