True History of the Kelly Gang

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University of Queensland Press, 2000 - Australia - 401 pages
Carey explores the life and times of Australia's most enduring folk legend, Ned Kelly and his gang. Carey, using Ned Kelly himself as the powerful narrator of this novel, written for a daughter he will never seen, gives us an emotional life we could never imagine. A novel of the class-ridden society of colonial Victoria in the 1870s.

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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

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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

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About the author (2000)

Peter Carey was born on May 7, 1943 in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, Australia. His first two books, The Fat Man in History (1974) and War Crimes (1979), were short story collections. His first novel, Bliss, was published in 1982. At the time he was balancing his writing career with the operation of an advertising agency in Sydney, and his books were not generally known outside of Australia. He began to receive international attention when Illywhacker was published in 1985. He won the Booker Prize in 1988 for Oscar and Lucinda and in 2001 for True History of the Kelly Gang. His other works include The Tax Inspector, Parrot and Olivier in America, and The Chemistry of Tears. He also won the Miles Franklin Award three times. In 2015 he made the Australian Book Designers Association Award shortlist for his title Amnesia. This title also made the 2015 Prime Minister's Literary Awards shortlist.

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