True History of the Kelly Gang: A Novel

November 7, 2001|
True History of the Kelly Gang: A Novel by Peter Carey
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The international bestseller, Booker Prize winner, 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 Ned’s 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 mother’s 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.
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 children’s 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.
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Title:True History of the Kelly Gang: A Novel
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:384 pages, 7.93 X 5.2 X 0.84 in
Shipping dimensions:384 pages, 7.93 X 5.2 X 0.84 in
Published:November 7, 2001
Publisher:Random House of Canada
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780679311270

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