True History of the Kelly Gang, Peter Carey
I lost my own father at 12 yrs. Of age and know what it is to be raised on lies and silences my dear daughter you are presently too young to understand a word I write but the history is for you and will contain no single lie may I burn in hell if I speak false.
To the authorities in pursuit of him, outlaw Ned Kelly is a horse thief, bank robber and police-killer. But to his fellow ordinary Australians, Kelly is their own Robin Hood. In a dazzling act of ventriloquism. In 1878 Francis Harty, a poor farmer, said, ‘Ned Kelly is the best bloody man that has ever been in Benalla, I would fight up to my knees in blood for him – I have known him for years, I would take his word sooner than another man’s oath.’
By the time of his hanging in 1880 a whole country would seem to agree – and it is a measure of Peter Carey’s achievement that he has not only made art from his country’s great story but that he persuades us all to understand the true measure of that ‘best bloody man’.
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Author: Pater Carey