True History of the Kelly Gang: A Novel

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Fiction - 384 pages
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“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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User Review  - bodachliath - LibraryThing

This book is a very impressive attempt to get inside the head of Australia's most famous outlaw Ned Kelly. Full of humour, period detail and with a lively and fast moving narrative, the book is also ... Read full review

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User Review  - CasaBooks - LibraryThing

Great book. One of my favorite 'little known historical' books. Carey is a good author - I'll read more of his books. Wow - had not one clue about some of the facts I learned about the Kelly boys ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
Section 2
ii
Section 3
7
Section 4
36
Section 5
37
Section 6
62
Section 7
65
Section 8
105
Section 16
190
Section 17
190
Section 18
236
Section 19
237
Section 20
268
Section 21
269
Section 22
314
Section 23
315

Section 9
106
Section 10
136
Section 11
137
Section 12
155
Section 13
157
Section 14
170
Section 15
173
Section 24
333
Section 25
335
Section 26
346
Section 27
357
Section 28
366
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Peter Carey lives in New York City.


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