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Thief, Thug, Killer: The Real Story of Ned Kelly
Narrated by: Gareth Rickard
Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
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Leo Kennedy is the great-grandson of Sergeant Michael Kennedy, slain by Ned Kelly at Stringybark Creek. Raised in the shadow of his great-grandfather’s murder, Leo witnessed the deep psychological wounds inflicted on successive generations of his family - and the families of other victims - as the Ned Kelly myth grew around them and the sacrifice of their loved ones was forgotten. 

Leo himself was nicknamed ‘Red Ned’ at school and taunted for being on the wrong side of Australian history. Instead of celebrating a heroic man of the people, Leo gives voice to the victims of a merciless gang of outlaws. Through meticulous research and family history he tells the captivating true story of two men from similar backgrounds whose legacies were distorted by history.

©2018 Leo Kennedy (P)2018 W. F. Howes Ltd

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Not the right narrator to be reading this book

story was great just the way I t was read made it hard to follow.

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  • Jacasmaracas
  • 30-08-2019

Loved hearing the real story

I’ve just come back from a trip to seeing the Beechworth court house and jail etc, I’ve known a descendant of one of Neds victims for a while now ,who’s had the same view as the author , Ned was nothing but a thief and he would steal off the poor too, no Robin Hood at all, to hear the guides on the tours speak of Ned, you can see the other tourists eyes light up with their imagination being fed with the glory of Ned, so I daren't throw my two Penney’s into the ring to say what I knew, but was he all that legend says ?I’m glad to have listened to a book which vindicates my friends families sentiments in a very informative and easy to listen way and I’ve pointed out the book to them it will make a very satisfying read for them I dare say