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The Thornbirds by Colleen McCullough - the Australian outback, a wealthy family, a beautiful daughter, and the man she loves destined to the priesthood - excellent!!

A family saga -- my favourite book ever! I read it every year when I finish marking and reports and begin my holidays. After I finished my exams in Year 12, my mum gave it to me as a present and it's been a ritual ever since to read it in December...

"Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers, that the mind can never break off from the journey." - Pat Conroy, The Prince of Tides