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.Historians still disagree over virtually every aspect of the eldest Kelly boy s brushes with the law Did he or did he notLove 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.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 See at randomhouse books p
Ned Kelly The Story of Australia s Most Notorious Legend 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
It may well be unAustralian to say it but I have never understood the Ned Kelly mythos Yes he was treated badly and unjustly and like so many of that day were oppressed because of his race, religion and circumstances There is no doubt he was a murderer and thief In fact an intelligent man who chose to commit crime for personal gain This book goes into an enormous amount of anecdotal detail about the life of Ned Kelly At around 300 pages it would be a good read at over 600 pages it is tedious If [...]
This epic mammoth took me over a month to read and was well worth every minute of it I love Australian history, particularly that based on and around bush settlement in the 1800s My favourite Australian novel is Robbery Under Arms so it makes sense that Ned Kelly fascinates me I m of the same persuasion as Fitzsimons, If in another environment, he really would have made a first class soldier, if not officer If not General He was born to a sea of troubles, and really did take arms against them An [...]
Like all Fitzsimons books you get to know the character and personality of each of the key players He puts an incredibly human touch to history and in a way that you never forget I also learnt a lot when I did not expect to, not just about the events but the political and socioeconomic divides that were the catalysts for the ultimately tragic outcome One of his better books I still think his best was Batavia.
I m enjoying all of Peter FitzSimons Australian histories Not necessarily the best writing, but he constructs a great story and gives it an interesting perspective, like you re there at the events as they happen.
Australian journalist and frequent writer of books so thick they could be used as weapons, Peter Fitzsimons, turns his attention to Australia s most notorious legend and icon, the infamous bushranger Edward Ned Kelly Confronted by a whopping 800 pages, I did wonder what Peter Fitzsimons had found to say about Kelly that hadn t already been said before by other authors in about half the page count My father has read a few of Fitzsimons s earlier books and had gone cold on him, which meant I looke [...]
It s a comprehensive as you can want for the subject, but just way too much The author wants you to know every family in the area before you can truly know Ned Kelly I can appreciate the amount of work that went into it, but the story itself is incredibly slow with only 2 really exciting points
Interesting but repetitive A decent editor probably could have shaved 200 pages off easily, it became tedious which is not enjoyable.
Interesting read refreshed my memory
Intriguing It seemed to take me forever to read this book but glad I did The story of Ned Kelly, his family and his bushrangers has had a lasting presence in Australian history.
A fantastic read.
I have always thought Ned Kelly to be one of those historical personages who achieved their legendary status by urban myths that is there were not many historical supporting evidence of his existence, much less his feats This tome 848 pages 30 hours audio had me revising my views There were numerous historical data to be had and sort through though of course, there remains questions which we ll never have answers to Despite all this data, there also remains the debate whether Ned Kelly is a good [...]
I love this book I m finding myself a little bit emotional now having just finished it and those emotions are caused by this incredible story and it s tumultuous end, and also because the story is now over I became so attached to the characters and felt so strongly about their roles that I am feeling a little upset that it does not continue.What a man I concur with Fitzsimons s opinion of Ned and wished he d lived under different circumstances so we could have seen what his true potential was.
I d give this 10 stars Love this author s work but has excelled this time Such detail, on both sides of the story Ned was maligned in my view but was also accountable, as he himself admitted If you can get over the size of the tome, just read it It s presented in small chunks and well worthy of reading Highly recommend Never mistreat a mother repercussions could lead to all manner of actions and injustices.
Gosh I loved this book FitzSimons has a distinct writing style, almost cowboyish s not for everyone and occasionally is a little grating but what a fantastic job he has done This book is a huge read and takes you right into Ned s world and everyone connected to it from the working poor to the toffee nosed, pompous, elite Melbourne ruling class I m glad we ve come a bit of a way since then This is a book you have to be committed to because it is just so full 0n, but I loved it.
Another typical fitzsimons book, well reserched full of details sometimes I think too much detail, do we need to know everything.Loved it, great story which I confess has changed my view on Kelly The hero of the book to me is Neds mum, Eileen Kelly What a woman to endure so much have still so much spirit
I really couldn t get through this turgid piece of crap I have never seen anyone mutilate a sentence like Fitzsimons His repetitions are tedious, his fatuous assessments of his subject show a poor grasp of history at best.His popularity as a writer is just unfathomable.
Like a lot of Peter FitzSimons books very well researched and giving insight and detail than other books and articles I have previously studied It is a detailed and lengthy read but well worth it in the end.
I enjoyed Peter Fitzsimons reflections of the life and times of Ned Kelly The presentation of facts, and a dash of colour, along with the provision of context what motivates Ned s actions and reactions and how does society react to Ned provide a fresh view of a familiar tale.
As expected Peter FitzSimmons does a wonderful job of slicing through all the available history and data to give a great account of this legend I count it aMUST read for anyone remotely interested in the saga of Ned Kelly.
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It s a fluid read Great adventure for Ned Kelly lovers Phone book size, so you d have to be mad on his history to sit and read it all I do think it s a honourable homage to the Kelly legend.
Very informative, interesting and easy to read Loved it.
Great book in Peter FitzSimons normal casual style, very thorough and complete.
Very interesting and learnt a lot about Ned that I never knew before
AUDIO BOOK Published by Bolinda 2013.Richard Aspel narrator does a good job of reading this Tome of Fitzsimons.Well worth listening to.
Well researched but so badly written Over long and no new insight into the story Unnecessary.
This was such an interesting read, different to anything I ve read before I didn t know much about the story of Ned or his life so I really enjoyed this.
For some reason just couldnt finish this book.ybe another time