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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."
Title: True History of the Kelly Gang: A Novel
Categories: Historical Fiction,
Publisher: Vintage Books: 2002
ISBN Number: 0375724672
ISBN Number 13: 9780375724671
Book Condition: Very Good
Jacket Condition: No Jacket
Item: 9.00 Item
Seller ID: 000504
Description: Very Good Plus Condition: Unmarked,. Tight binding. Very minor visible cover wear and outer soil. Publisher summary: The legendary Ned Kelly speaks for himself in this book, 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. Edward (Ned) Kelly (1854-1880) was an Australian bushranger who was sentenced to death for three counts of willful murder. Kelly continues to cause division in his homeland, some seeing him as a folk hero while others regard him a murderous villain (source: Wikipedia). New York: Vintage Books (Random House), 2002. Reprint. First Vintage International Edition 2002. 368 pages. Map. 5.25 x 8 inches, 21 cm. Free shipping on domestic orders $25 and over!