True History of the Kelly Gang

Editorial Review - Books+Publishing - Thorpe-Bowker and Contributors

There is, of course, no `true history' of the Kelly Gang. The life and death of Ned Kelly constitutes one of Australia's most pervasive myths, and an often contested myth at that. Although superficially it may seem to take Kelly's side (Carey sustains Kelly's voice through nearly 400 pages) this book is another contestation. The persecution of poor Irish-Australians is made clear, as is Kelly's ... Read full review


Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

Booker Prize-winner Carey (Jack Maggs, 1998, etc.) assumes the voice of 19th-century Australian outlaw Ned Kelly.The story opens with an account of the Kelly gang's capture by police on June 28, 1880, so we know this tale will end badly for the most famous of the "bushrangers," who expressed the rage felt by many poor Australians, especially those who were, like Kelly, descended from Irish ... Read full review

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