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Author and screenwriter Ian Jones offers a detailed, in-depth look at bushranger Ned Kelly, a uniquely Australian outlaw celebrated in some circles as a folk hero while condemned as a murderer in others. Listeners fascinated by Ned Kelly and the layers of legend around him will appreciate Jones’ historical research, masterful sense of storytelling, and sympathetic yet even-handed account. Performer Paul English brings a crisp enunciation and lilting accent to the story of one of Australia’s most famous figures, whose words at the gallows - "Tell ‘em I died game" - have become an Australian catchphrase.

Publisher's Summary

Simultaneous release of the updated edition featuring new introductory material.

Ned Kelly the man - warts and all - the most vivid portrait yet of Australia's immortal outlaw! Author, Ian Jones, acknowledged Kelly authority, shares with us the results of a lifetime's research.

For the first time, Ned Kelly truly emerges as a man - a man who hated conflict yet never escaped it. A private man incapable of being ordinary and unnoticed. A man who was seen, even in his own lifetime, as what he represented rather than what he was.

©2003 Ian Jones (P)2008 Bolinda Audio

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Brilliantly written and read ... the true history!

Being a hopelessly one eyed Kelly sympathiser I enjoyed this book immensely. It gives a balanced account based on the facts but also draws some assumptions and attempts to add colour where possible. It does not paint Ned as a saint but rather as the extraordinary enigma that he was, a man whose actions on numerous occasions contradict the behaviour associated with a supposedly viscous killer. Ian Jones is without a doubt the world authority on Ned Kelly and his book reflects the years of research and analysis involved in his quest to find the truth. I thought I knew a lot about our most infamous Australian but was astounded at the number of trivial facts I was unaware of ... they help to bring the whole saga of the Kelly Outbreak back to life and fan the fires of rage that I felt as a kid when I first became a Kelly-aholic.

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VERY detailed

An excellent book, full of detail... too much detail for casual listening, but worth it

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  • 29-11-2021

Ned Kelly the wild colonial boy

If you are interested in the circumstances that created the outlaw hero Ned Kelly, buy this audio book. The author draws on all available resources to separate the man from the myth. I have to echo the thoughts of other reviewers regarding the poor Irish accents. Despite that, it is well read. This book is a fascinating account of Ned Kelly's life. It also serves to show the difficulties birthing a nation from a British penal colony, used to pacify Ireland.

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  • Damian M. Cummins
  • 27-07-2020

Great book - terrible accents

A fascinating book by a writer who is immensely knowledgeable about Ned Kelly and the era. The only negative is when the narrator goes into an Irish brogue that is cringe worthy. The narration doesn't need this caricaturing of an Irish accent - Irish listner

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  • Kate
  • 11-12-2009

The making of a legend

A fascinating story, well told. The narrator's 'Oirish' accents are cringeworthy, but otherwise it is easy listening and the story is compelling.

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