Colleen McCullough, Author of 'The Thorn Birds', Dies at 77. (The New York Times, 1/29/2015)
The book made quite an impact after it was published in April 1977.
- Sold 30,000,000 copies worldwide
- Translated into more than 20 languages
- Has never gone out of print
- Spent 54 weeks on the New York Times fiction best sellers lists
- Debuted at #10 on May 22, 1977
- Reached #1 on June 19
- Spent 15 weeks at #1 (displaced on October 2 by The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien)
- Settled in at #2 for 21 weeks
- Paperback rights sold for a then-record $1,900,000 (a sum equal to nearly $5.5 million in 2014)
- Made into a popular, 8-hour mini-series in 1983
Pressed for time?