True History of the Kelly Gang: A Novel
“I lost my own father at 12 yr. of age and know what it is to be raised on lies and silences my dear daughter you are presently too young to understand a word I write but this history is for you and will contain no single lie may I burn in Hell if I speak false.”
In True History of the Kelly Gang, the legendary Ned Kelly speaks for himself, scribbling his narrative on errant scraps of paper in semiliterate but magically descriptive prose as he flees from the police. To his pursuers, Kelly is nothing but a monstrous criminal, a thief and a murderer. To his own people, the lowly class of ordinary Australians, the bushranger is a hero, defying the authority of the English to direct their lives. Indentured by his bootlegger mother to a famous horse thief (who was also her lover), Ned saw his first prison cell at 15 and by the age of 26 had become the most wanted man in the wild colony of Victoria, taking over whole towns and defying the law until he was finally captured and hanged. Here is a classic outlaw tale, made alive by the skill of a great novelist.
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THE TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANGUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
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 ... Read full review
The True History of the Kelly GangUser Review - Thorpe-Bowker and Contributors - Books+Publishing
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 ... Read full review