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Summary

Peter Carey's stunning, Booker Prize-winning novel about Australia's most famous outlaw. 

As he flees the police, Ned Kelly scribbles his narrative in semiliterate but magically descriptive prose. To his pursuers he is a thief and a murderer. To his own people he's a hero for opposing the English. Ned, who saw his first prison cell at 15, has become the most wanted man in the wild colony of Victoria, taking over towns and defying authority. 

Here is a classic outlaw tale, made alive by the skill of a great novelist. There are no sentences like these in all Australian literature, and yet they could only have grown from our soil.

©2000 Peter Carey (P)2018 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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  • Tom Whelan
  • 26-10-20

Well read. nice story

Loved the book and the narrator's accent. The only thing I would have done differently is leave out the description at the start of each chapter. it tells you what is coming in the chapter. So I started skipping those.