Colleen McCullough is a neuroscientist by training, but best known for her many works of fiction. She and Sir Roden Cutler have been designated two of Australia's one hundred Living National Treasures. She lives in Norfolk Island with her husband, Ric Robinson.
Never one to shy away from a good saga, Colleen McCullough (The Thorn Birds) tackles the Trojan War in The Song of Troy, a retelling modern in idiom but faithful to the original where it counts. Narrated by several of the key participants (Achilles, Agamemnon, Helen, etc.), it follows the war from the beginning, when Helen leaves her husband, Priam, for Paris of Troy, to the end, when Odysseus uses the wooden horse to sneak his soldiers into the city. Not aimed at classics scholars, this is a laudable interpretation of the epic, rendered with both sweep and intimacy. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.