Author(s): Peter Carey
Out of 19th century Australia rides a hero of his people and a man for all nations: Ned Kelly, the son of poor Irish immigrants, viewed by the authorities as a thief (especially of horses) and, as a cold-blooded killer. To the people, though, he was a patriot hounded unfairly by rich English landlords and their stooges. In the end, Kelly and his so-called gang (his younger brother and two friends) led a massive police manhunt on a wild goose chase that lasted twenty months, in which Ned's talents as a bushman were augmented by bank robberies and the support of nearly everyone not in a uniform. His one demand - for which he would have surrendered himself was his jailed mother's freedom. Executed by hanging more than a century ago, speaking as if from the grave, Kelly still resonates as the most potent legend in the land down under.
2000. Limited First edition. A fine copy of the very scarce limited first edition. Bound in cream paper covered boards with beige half leather to the spine. Blue lettering to the front board. Uncut edges. This copy is fine and unmarked but is missing the glassine d/w. A very collectible version of the Book Prize winning novel. Scans available if required.