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Love him or loathe him, Ned Kelly has been at the heart of Australian culture and identity since he and his gang were tracked down in bushland by the Victorian police and came out fighting, dressed in bulletproof iron armour made from farmers’ ploughs. History comes to life with Peter FitzSimons

Love him or loathe him, Ned Kelly has been at the heart of Australian culture and identity since he and his gang were tracked down in bushland by the Victorian police and came out fighting, dressed in bulletproof iron armour made from farmers’ ploughs. History comes to life with Peter Fitzsimons.

Historians still disagree over virtually every aspect of the eldest Kelly boy’s brushes with the law. Did he or did he not shoot Constable Fitzpatrick at their family home? Was he a lawless thug or a noble Robin Hood, a remorseless killer or a crusader against oppression and discrimination? Was he even a political revolutionary, an Australian republican channelling the spirit of Eureka?

Peter FitzSimons, bestselling chronicler of many of the great defining moments and people of this nation’s history, is the perfect person to tell this most iconic of all Australian stories. From Kelly’s early days in Beveridge, Victoria, in the mid-1800s, to the Felons’ Apprehension Act, which made it possible for anyone to shoot the Kelly gang, to Ned’s appearance in his now-famous armour, prompting the shocked and bewildered police to exclaim ‘He is the devil!’ and ‘He is the bunyip!’, FitzSimons brings the history of Ned Kelly and his gang exuberantly to life, weighing in on all of the myths, legends and controversies generated by this compelling and divisive Irish-Australian rebel.

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780857988140

    December 1, 2015

    William Heinemann Australia

    800 pages

    RRP $24.99

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780857982094

    November 3, 2014

    William Heinemann Australia

    848 pages

    RRP $34.99

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  • Hardback

    9781742758909

    November 1, 2013

    William Heinemann Australia

    848 pages

    RRP $49.99

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  • EBook

    9781742758916

    November 1, 2013

    RHA eBooks Adult

    848 pages

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Fromelles and Pozières
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The Great Aussie Bloke Slim-Down
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The Great Australian Writers' Collection 2013
Eureka: The Unfinished Revolution
And Now For Some Light Relief...The Genuinely Funny Joke Book

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