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True History of the Kelly Gang

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The international bestseller and winner of the 2001 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book.

Out of 19th century Australia rides a hero of his people and a man for all nations: Ned Kelly, the son of poor Irish immigrants, viewed by the authorities as a thief (especially of horses) and, as a cold-blooded killer. To the people, though, he was a patriot hounded unfairly by rich English landlords and their stooges. In the end, Kelly and his so-called gang (his younger brother and two friends) led a massive police manhunt on a wild goose chase that lasted twenty months, in which Neds talents as a bushman were augmented by bank robberies and the support of nearly everyone not in a uniform. His one demand - for which he would have surrendered himself was his jailed mothers freedom.

Executed by hanging more than a century ago, speaking as if from the grave, Kelly still resonates as the most potent legend in the land down under.

About the Author

Peter Carey is the author of seven novels including the Booker Prize-winning Oscar and Lucinda. He has also written a book of short stories (The Fat Man in History) and a childrens book (The Big Bazoohley). Born in Australia in 1943, he has lived in New York City for ten years, with his wife and their two sons.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679311270
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Carey, Peter
Publisher:
Vintage Canada
Location:
Toronto
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literary
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Vintage Canada ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
D36
Publication Date:
2002
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
7.93 x 5.2 x .84 in .64 lb

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