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The True History of the Kelly Gang

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ABOUT
THE BOOK

Ned Kelly, Australia’s most potent legend, tells his own story of the very human man behind the mask. A young boy raised in the grinding poverty of colonial Victoria grows into a young man defying the wealth and power of those who would destroy him. He speaks to us not as a mythic hero but as a devoted son, a concerned father and a loyal friend. Written in the idiom of Kelly’s famous Jerilderie letter, it is both a lament and tribute, a boy’s defence of his mother and a father’s confiding letter to a daughter he will never meet.

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Peter
Carey

Peter Carey was born in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, and now lives in New York. He is the author of fourteen novels (including one for children), two volumes of short stories, and two books on travel. Amongst other prizes, Carey has won the Booker Prize twice (for Oscar and Lucinda and The True History of the Kelly Gang), the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize twice (for Jack Maggs and The True History of the Kelly Gang), and the Miles Franklin Literary Award three times (for Bliss, Oscar and Lucinda and Jack Maggs).

Peter Carey was born in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, and now lives in New York. He is the author of fourteen novels (including one for children), two volumes of short stories, and two books on travel. Amongst other prizes, Carey has won the Booker Prize twice (for Oscar and Lucinda and The True History of the Kelly Gang), the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize twice (for Jack Maggs and The True History of the Kelly Gang), and the Miles Franklin Literary Award three times (for Bliss, Oscar and Lucinda and Jack Maggs).

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
09/10/2000
Country
Australia
Original Language
English
Author
Publisher
University of Queensland Press

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