LoveReading View on Angel

Author of The Thornbirds who has never produced an equal but has given us lots of worthy historical novels, mostly of ancient Rome, as well as poignant, dramatic relationship dramas.  This is one of the latter.

Comparison: Penny Vincenzi, Rani Manicka, Jane Yardley.
Similar this month: Nicholas Sparks, Jodi Picoult.

Sarah Broadhurst

Angel Synopsis

1960, Sydney's Kings Cross. Harriet Purcell leaves her conventional, respectable home and respectable, passionless boyfriend and moves into a rooming house owned by Mrs. Delvecchio Schwartz.

There, Harriet finds a life she relishes – excitement, adventure and passion. Mrs. Delvecchio Schwartz makes a living from telling fortunes, and is mother to 4-year-old Flo. Beautiful little Flo is mute, and Harriet comes to love her as if Flo were her own – and must protect her at all costs when tragedy strikes…

Angel is Colleen McCullough at her vintage best, drawing on her own experiences of living in the Cross in the 1960s and writing of a world that has long gone. Most of all, it is a tale of a woman's love for a child, and what she is prepared to endure to ensure her survival.

Angel Press Reviews

‘exhilarating, engrossing and thought-provoking, and hard to put down.’ York Evening Press

‘Refreshing, with all the verve and dash of youthfulness, Angel is also a cleverly plotted, sinewy story, which provides a satisfying twist at the end.’ Irish Examiner

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ISBN: 9780007199754
Publication date: 07/11/2005
Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers
Format: Paperback (a Format)

ISBN: 9780007199747
Publication date: 07/03/2005
Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780007199754
Publication date: 7th November 2005
Author: Colleen Mccullough
Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers
Format: Paperback (a Format)
Pagination: 400 pages
Genres: Family Drama,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Colleen Mccullough

Colleen McCullough was born in Australia. A neurophysiologist, she established the department of neurophysiology at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney, then worked as a researcher and teacher at Yale Medical School for ten years. Her writing career began with Tim, followed by The Thorn Birds, a record-breaking international best-seller. McCullough has also written lyrics for musical theater. She died in January 2015.

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