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Author: Colleen McCullough Narrator: Jenny Sterlin Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2003 ISBN: 9780743549295
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Not since The Thorn Birds has Colleen McCullough written a novel of such broad appeal about a family and the Australian experience.

When Alexander Kinross—remembered in his native Scotland only as a shiftless boilermaker’s apprentice and a godless rebel—summons his bride Elizabeth Drummond to Australia, his Scottish relatives realize that he has made a fortune in the goldfields and is now a man to be reckoned with.

The intimacies of marriage do not prompt Alexander to enlighten his new bride about his past life—or even his present one. Elizabeth has no idea that he still has a mistress: the sensuous, tough, outspoken Ruby Costevan, whom Alexander has made partner in his company, rapidly expanding its interests far beyond gold.

Captured by their very different natures, Alexander resolves to have both Elizabeth and Ruby. Although Ruby loves Alexander desperately, Elizabeth does not. Elizabeth bears him two daughters: the brilliant Nell, so much like her father; and the beautiful, haunting Anna. Thwarted in his desire for a son, Alexander turns to Ruby’s son as a possible heir to his empire.

The Touch is at once a love story and a family saga, replete with the desperate need of men and women, rootless in a strange land, to create new roots.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Frontier speculation, domestic strife, industrialization, a terrible rape, and a brutal murder: all these mold and buffet the Kinross clan…[who] win sympathy with their spirited striving for love and honor.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A fantastic and exceptional saga about the lively personalities and explosive situations that shaped Australia.”


  • “A colorful tale about colorful characters in colorful places and times. Vintage McCullough.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “[For] fans of McCullough’s The Thorn Birds and other popular romances.”

    Library Journal

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About the Author

Colleen McCullough (1937–2015) enjoyed worldwide renown, and her novels are bestsellers in a multitude of languages. She is the internationally acclaimed author of The Thorn Birds, Tim, An Indecent Obsession, A Creed for the Third Millennium, The Ladies of Missalonghi, The First Man in Rome, The Grass Crown, Fortune’s Favorites, Caesar’s Women, and other novels.

About the Narrator

Jenny Sterlin, winner of several Earphones Awards, has more than ninety audio titles to her credit, including Laurie R. King’s popular Sherlock Holmes / Mary Russell series. Before beginning her narration career, she helped found England’s experimental Living Theatre.