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'"I lost my own father at 12 yr. 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 this history is for you and will contain no single lie may I burn in Hell if I speak false."

'In TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG, the legendary Ned Kelly speaks for himself, scribbling his narrative on errant scraps of paper in semi-literate but magically descriptive prose as he flees from the police. To his pursuers, Kelly is nothing but a monstrous criminal, a thief and a murderer. To his own people, the lowly class of ordinary Australians, the bushranger is a hero, defying the authority of the English to direct their lives. Indentured by his bootlegger mother to a famous horse thief (who was also her lover), Ned saw his first prison cell at 15 and by the age of 26 had become the most wanted man in the wild colony of Victoria, taking over whole towns and defying the law until he was finally captured and hanged. Here is a classic outlaw tale, made alive by the skill of a great novelist.' (From the publisher's website.)

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    • St Lucia, Indooroopilly - St Lucia area, Brisbane - North West, Brisbane, Queensland,: University of Queensland Press , 2000 .
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Alternative title: Prawdziwa historia Neda Kelly'ego
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      Reprinted: 2005
      ISBN: 9788373375987, 8373375988

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Discarding the Disclaimer? Reappraising Fiction as a Mode of Biography James Vicars , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Text : Journal of Writing and Writing Courses , April vol. 20 no. 1 2016;
'While the biographical novel has created an openness to representing lives in fiction it is usually expected to provide a disclaimer certifying the work’s unreliability despite its potential for truth-telling and rich tools for writers wishing to tell the stories of real people. Even so, more serious attention to the historical novel since Lukács, the impact of the postmodern novel, plus the variety of published works that have adopted fictional strategies to tell lives over the last half century suggest this perspective is shifting. Using Ina Schabert’s seminal work on fictional biography as a scholarly reference point, this paper explores fiction’s biographical capacity, turning to published works and personal writing practice to try to reappraise the potential of fiction as a mode of biography.' (Publication abstract)
Books That Changed Me : Jane Caro Jane Caro , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 24 May 2015; (p. 16) The Sun-Herald , 24 May 2015; (p. 12)
The Intriguing Dance of History and Fiction Tom Griffiths , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: TEXT Special Issue Website Series , April no. 28 2015;
'In this essay I explore the common ground of history and fiction, suggesting that they are a tag team, sometimes taking turns, sometimes working in tandem, to deepen our understanding and extend our imagination. But I also argue that there are times when the distinction between them is vital, and that it is incumbent on historians – on those who choose at certain moments to write history – to insist and reflect on the difference. I hope to create a context in which such explanations will not be misinterpreted as defending territory. In the course of the essay I refer to historians who write fiction and novelists who write history, and I draw especially on the work of the novelists Eleanor Dark and Kate Grenville, poet and historian Judith Wright, and the historians Inga Clendinnen, Grace Karskens and Ross Gibson.' (Publication summary)
On the Frontier : The Intriguing Dance of History and Fiction Tom Griffiths , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Writing History 2015; The Conversation , 10 June 2015;
'This article is the second in a series examining the links, problems and dynamics of writing, recording and recreating history, whether in fiction or non-fiction.'
Mythology, History, and Truth: Teaching Peter Carey's True History of the Kelly Gang Nathanael O'Reilly , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 29 no. 1 2015; (p. 71-81)
'True History of the Kelly Gang, a novel by Peter Carey, has been both a commercial and critical success, and its impact on Australian culture has been far greater than most literary novels. The fact that the novel has been a popular as well as critically acclaimed contemporary historical novel enables valuable examinations of the role of historical novels and the reasons why contemporary Australian novelists choose to examine and rewrite historical narratives. Here, O'Reilly offers variety of pedagogical purposes and approaches in teaching True History of the Kelly Gang in courses from first-year introductory classes to graduate seminars.' (Publication abstract)
The Art of Adaptation Shaun Grant , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 5-6 December 2015; (p. 16)
On the Carnival Features of True History of the Kelly Gang Zu Huaping , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Oceanic Literary Studies , December no. 1 2014; (p. 189-198)
On Women Images in The True Story of Kelly Gang Shen Mengping , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Oceanic Literary Studies , December no. 1 2014; (p. 230-238)
Our Ned : The Makeup of Myth Dorothy Simmons , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 28 no. 2 2014; (p. 416-425)
'Definitions of myth, from accounts of creation to religious creeds, from Freud's Oedipus complex to today's media "legends," are as diverse as their makers. They do have one common denominator, however; all of them tell a "made-up" story, and also in the popular use of the word to mean a lie. Peter Carey challenges that usage directly by calling his novel a True History of the Kelly Gang. Simmons examines the truthfulness of myth with specific reference to Carey's mythopoeic fiction. Since Carey's narrative voice is that of Ned Kelly himself, Carey focuses particularly on the hero, or "man-myth."' (Publication summary)
An Outlaw in Fictional Biography : Peter Carey's Ned Kelly 1855-1880 Ian H. Magedera , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Outsider Biographies : Savage, de Sade, Wainewright, Ned Kelly, Billy the Kid, Rimbaud and Genet : Base Crime and High Art in Biography and Bio-fiction, 1744-2000 2014; (p. 151-178)
One Book, Two Books; One City, Many Cities : Brisbane Reads Together Susan K. Martin , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Telling Stories : Australian Life and Literature 1935–2012 2013; (p. 525-531)
y Lives of the Novelists : A History of Fiction in 294 Lives John Sutherland , London : Profile Books , 2013 6947345 2013 single work biography

'This is the most complete history of fiction in English ever published. The world's greatest authority - arguably the only person who could have written it, John Sutherland - provides the lives of some 294 novelists writing in English, from the genre's seventeenth-century origins to the present day. Arranged in chronological order the novelist's lives are opinionated, informative, frequently funny and often shocking. Professor Sutherland's authors come from all over the world; their writings illustrate every kind of fiction from gothic, penny dreadfuls and pornography to fantasy, romance and high literature. The book shows the changing forms of the genre, and how the aspirations of authors to divert and sometimes to educate their readers, has in some respects, radically changed over the centuries, and in others - such as their interest in sex and relationships - remained remarkably constant.' (Publisher's blurb)

Teaching Writing Process Lucy Neave , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: TEXT : Journal of Writing and Writing Courses , April vol. 16 no. 1 2012;
'A fiction writer will often begin writing a manuscript in a rough and fragmentary manner, and over time transform these early attempts into what is hoped will be a publishable manuscript. Yet there is little in the creative writing literature on the practical aspects of writing process as utilised by writers, and/or on how writing process might be taught. Using writing process theoretical research, and accounts by writers of their processes, I look at how process, and in particular revision, can be taught in the undergraduate fiction writing workshop. I argue that effective student learning about revision occurs in response to assignments which ask students to re-enter the fictional world they have created, and make substantive changes.' (Author's abstract)
Books of the Week Hamish Alcorn , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Mail , 14 October 2012; (p. 37)

— Review of True History of the Kelly Gang Peter Carey 2000 single work novel
Archival Salvage : History’s Reef and the Wreck of the Historical Novel A. Frances Johnson , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , Special Issue vol. 11 no. 1 2011; (p. 1-21)
'In recent years debates about the ethics of portraying Indigenous subjects and subject matter have almost been superseded by circular debates about 'true' Australian history and who has the right to tell it. This has been disappointing in a context of the morally and formally imaginative speculations of historians such as Tom Griffiths, Fiona Paisley, Stephen Kinnane and Greg Dening, and also in a context of Indigenous studies Professor Marcia Langton's evidently too-hopeful calls for the activation of a shared cultural space. But as this local debate has become more heated, more public, the oddest spectacle of all in recent years was the recent lambasting of historical novelists.

Novelist Kate Grenville was a particular target of attack. Notable historians such as Mark McKenna, John Hirst and Inga Clendinnen vociferously condemned dramatic accounts of the past as anachronistic, unethical and, most curious of all in relation to the fictioneer's job description, untrue. I revisit the 'history wars' stoush to argue that these historians overlooked the suasion of broader, local political battles to determine and culturally enshrine particular narratives of Australian pasts; I argue that they also eschewed the linguistic turn of postmodernism and the contributions made therein by prominent historical scholars in their own field such as Hayden White and Dominic LaCapra. The paper finally shows how Grenville, Kim Scott and other novelists have engaged with colonial archival materials, deploying particular narrative techniques that enable them to generate compelling postcolonial dramatisations of colonial pasts. (Author's abstract)
Historical Fiction Robyn Smythe , 2011 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian Magazine , 10-11 September 2011; (p. 4)
Sea-change or Atrophy? The Australian Convict Inheritance Cynthia Van Den Driesen , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Coolabah , no. 5 2011;
This paper is an offshoot of a larger project which explored the possibility for the erstwhile settler-colonizer undergoing the sea-change into settler-indigene emergent through a study of selected novels of Patrick White. It became apparent to me that the convict figure, who played an ancillary role in these works, could lay claim to the status of white indigene well ahead of the main protagonist. Robert Hughes (in The Fatal Shore) discredits the idea of any bonding between the convict and the Aborigine but acknowledges examples of "white blackfellas"—white men who had successfully been adopted into Aboriginal societies. Martin Tucker's nineteenth century work, Ralph Rashleigh, offers surprising testimony of a creative work which bears this out in a context where Australian literature generally reflected the national amnesia with regard to the Aborigine and barely accorded them human status. Grenville's The Secret River (2005), based broadly on the history of her own ancestor, appears to support Hughes' original contention but is also replete with ambivalences that work against a simple resolution. This paper will explore some of the ambivalences, the 'food for thought' on aspects of the Australian experience highlighted by these literary texts, and glances briefly also at variations on the theme in Carey's Jack Maggs and the The True Story of the Kelly Gang. (Author's abstract)
Literary Transculturations and Modernity : Some Reflections Anne Holden Ronning , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Transnational Literature , November vol. 4 no. 1 2011;
'In an increasingly global world literary and cultural critics are constantly searching for ways in which to analyse and debate texts and artefacts. Postcolonial theories and studies have provided useful tools for analyzing, among others, New Literatures in English and other languages, as well as throwing new light on an understanding of older texts. But today, with the increase in diaspora studies in literature and cultural studies, new ways of looking at texts are paramount, given the complexity of contemporary literature. There is, as Bill Ashcroft writes, a 'strange contrapuntal relationship between identity, history, and nation that needs to be unravelled.' With references to Australian literature, this article will present some reflections on transculturation and modernities, the themes of the Nordic Network of Transcultural Literary Studies, which considers transculturation not as a theory but, 'a matrix through which a set of critical tools and vocabularies can be refined for the study of texts from a localized world, but institutionalised globally' and where , ' the engagement of multiple sites and their routes with the progression of "one modernity" in some way or other inform the aesthetics of transcultural literature.' (Author's introduction)
Irish and Australian Historical Fiction Oona Frawley , Sue Kossew , 2011-2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Exhuming Passions : The Pressure of the Past in Ireland and Australia 2012; (p. 187-206)
'In recent years, in both Australia and Ireland, prominent authors have offered fictional reconsiderations of periods crucial to national consciousness and definition. In Australia, for example, Kate Grenville's work has generated considerable debate about the use of history in fiction, and about the responsibility of the fiction writer to accurately or authentically represent historical events, persons and periods. The project of recovering history and thereby uncovering the nation's past sins can also be identified in other contemporary novels by authors such as Gail Jones and Larissa Behrendt. In Ireland, Roddy Doyle, Joseph O'Connor and Sebastian Barry have been at the forefront of this historical analysis and deployment...' (From author's introduction, 187)
What the World Leaves Behind : Ready-Made Translations and the 'Closed Book' in the Postcolonial Novel Chris Holmes , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Literature, Geography, Translation: Studies in World Writing 2011; (p. 40-53)
Compares the treatment of cultural knowledge in True History of the Kelly Gang and Michael Ondaatje's Anil's Ghost (2000) and The English Patient (1992).
Untitled Lyn Jacobs , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 1 no. 2002; (p. 96-101)

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Two Sides to the Story : For Malcolm Knox , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 7-8 June 2003; (p. 16)

— Review of True History of the Kelly Gang Peter Carey 2000 single work novel
Two Sides to the Story : Against Megan Gressor , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 7-8 June 2003; (p. 16)

— Review of True History of the Kelly Gang Peter Carey 2000 single work novel
Wild Colonial Boy John Banville , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: The New York Review of Books , 29 March vol. 48 no. 5 2001; (p. 15-16)

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Immediately Engaging Donna Lee Brien , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Dotlit : The Online Journal of Creative Writing , August vol. 4 no. 1 2003;

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A Second Look at Peter Carey's Ned Kelly : Today's Ireland in an Australian Mirror William Wall , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: Tain , April-May no. 12 2001; (p. 27)

— Review of True History of the Kelly Gang Peter Carey 2000 single work novel
Untitled Frank Molloy , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Journal of Irish Studies , vol. 2 no. 2002; (p. 194-195)

— Review of True History of the Kelly Gang Peter Carey 2000 single work novel
The Man in a Bucket Nilanjana S. Roy , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: Biblio : A Review of Books , November-December 2001; (p. 4)

— Review of True History of the Kelly Gang Peter Carey 2000 single work novel
Untitled Peter Gordon , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: The Asian Review of Books

— Review of True History of the Kelly Gang Peter Carey 2000 single work novel
Book of the Year Edmund Gordon , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 3 December 2010; (p. 10)

— Review of Parrot and Olivier in America Peter Carey 2009 single work novel ; True History of the Kelly Gang Peter Carey 2000 single work novel
Books of the Week Hamish Alcorn , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Mail , 14 October 2012; (p. 37)

— Review of True History of the Kelly Gang Peter Carey 2000 single work novel
Deft narrative devices Morag Fraser , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 226 2000; (p. 38-39)

— Review of True History of the Kelly Gang Peter Carey 2000 single work novel
Treading a fine line? : Carey's Kelly Wendy Morgan , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: Social Alternatives , January vol. 20 no. 1 2001; (p. 71-72)

— Review of True History of the Kelly Gang Peter Carey 2000 single work novel
Full Tilt Thomas Jones , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: London Review of Books , 8 February vol. 23 no. 3 2001; (p. 24-25)

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Robin Hood of the Outback Anthony Quinn , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: The New York Times Book Review , 7 January vol. 106 no. 1 2001; (p. 8)

— Review of True History of the Kelly Gang Peter Carey 2000 single work novel
Made Noble in the Fire Peter Porter , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 5 January no. 5101 2001; (p. 19-20)

— Review of True History of the Kelly Gang Peter Carey 2000 single work novel
CoverNotes Mike Shuttleworth , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 20 May 2001; (p. 11)

— Review of True History of the Kelly Gang Peter Carey 2000 single work novel ; Our Lady of Apollo Bay Janine Burke 2001 single work novel ; The Kraken Gary Crew 2001 single work picture book
Ned Reckoning Keith Dunstan , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 12 December vol. 118 no. 6254 2000; (p. 46-47)

— Review of True History of the Kelly Gang Peter Carey 2000 single work novel
Kelly Legend Brought to Life Tom Austen , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 14 October 2000; (p. 8)

— Review of True History of the Kelly Gang Peter Carey 2000 single work novel
Ironclad Irony A. P. Riemer , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 14 October 2000; (p. 3)

— Review of True History of the Kelly Gang Peter Carey 2000 single work novel
Turning the Publishing Page Sandra McLean , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 25 January 2003; (p. 8)
Running in the Family : Novels, Films and Nations Andrea Stretton (interviewer), 2002 single work interview
— Appears in: The Sydney Papers , Autumn vol. 14 no. 2 2002; (p. 9-23)
Discussion between Thomas Keneally and Michael Ondaatje, held at the Sydney Institute 8 March 2002 and moderated by Andrea Stretton.
Hunting Ned Sandra McLean , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 1 March 2003; (p. 5)
Ned's Full Metal Jacket Fits Heath Garry Maddox , 2002 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 14 June 2002;
The Voice of the Teller: A Conversation with Peter Carey Nathanael O'Reilly (interviewer), 2002 single work interview
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 16 no. 2 2002; (p. 164-167)
Ned Kelly by Any Other Name Anne Marsh , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Visual Culture , April vol. 1 no. 1 2002; (p. 57-65)
'The true and secret part of the history is left to me' : Colonial Oppression and Selective Historiography in Peter Carey's True History of the Kelly Gang Annette Kern-Stahler , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Xenophobic Memories : Otherness in Postcolonial Constructions of the Past 2003; (p. 243-255)
Selective History of the Kelly Gang Laurie Clancy , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Overland , Winter no. 175 2004; (p. 53-58)

Although acknowledging that Carey's True History of the Kelly Gang is a 'stunningly compelling and suspenseful narrative in highly imaginative and original prose', Clancy argues that 'Carey's use of historical fact is not only subjective and selective but it is also highly partisan. The changes he has made to historical fact mostly lie in one direction - a perpetuation of the comfortable and undisturbing myth of Kelly as a much put upon victim ... It is the version American reviewers accepted uncritically and which many Australians will continue to pay homage to, at the expense of an historical Ned Kelly who was a far more complex and ambiguous figure.'

Books and Covers : Reflections on Some Recent Australian Novels Elizabeth Webby , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Sydney Studies in English , vol. 29 no. 2003; (p. 79-86)
Compares the covers of Australian, American and English editions of recent Australian novels, including three novels short-listed for the 2002 Miles Franklin Award.
Resurrecting Ned Kelly Lyn Innes , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Sydney Studies in English , vol. 29 no. 2003; (p. 69-78) The AustLit Anthology of Criticism 2010; (p. 5)
'In a review of Peter Carey's True History of the Kelly Gang, the poet Peter Porter commented that the three most potent icons in Australian popular history were Ned Kelly, Phar Lap, and Donald Bradman. Of these Ned Kelly has the longest history, and has undergone numerous revivals and reconfigurations. One might also argue that he was the least successful of the three; he was a man who saw himself as a victim of empire, class, race, and the judicial system. At least that is how Kelly presents himself in The Jerilderie Letter, and many of those who have written about him affirm that this view was justified. So the question is why and in what ways Ned Kelly has become so potent; why cannot Australians let him die? And what does he mean to Australians, or indeed the rest of the world, today? This essay will glance briefly at some early representations of Kelly, before discussing in more detail Peter Carey's revival of Kelly, and considering the significance of that revival in the present.' (Author's abstract)
Dead White Male Heroes : Ludwig Leichhardt and Ned Kelly in Australian Fictions Susan K. Martin , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Imagining Australia : Literature and Culture in the New New World 2004; (p. 23-52)
The 'contrarian streak' : An Interview with Peter Carey (Conducted on 26 March 2004 in Manhattan) Andreas Gaile (interviewer), 2005 single work interview
— Appears in: Fabulating Beauty : Perspectives on the Fiction of Peter Carey 2005; (p. 3-16)
Bringing Australia Home : Peter Carey, the Booker, and the Repatriation of Australian Culture Karen Lamb , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Fabulating Beauty : Perspectives on the Fiction of Peter Carey 2005; (p. 17-30)
Towards an Alphabet of Australian Culture : Peter Carey's Mythistorical Novels Andreas Gaile , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Fabulating Beauty : Perspectives on the Fiction of Peter Carey 2005; (p. 33-51)
'Lies and Silences' : Cultural Masterplots and Existential Authenticity in Peter Carey's True History of the Kelly Gang Carolyn Bliss , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Fabulating Beauty : Perspectives on the Fiction of Peter Carey 2005; (p. 275-300)
The critical intention of this article is to examine 'storytelling and/or the inhabiting of cultural masterplots as sites at which characters (and finally, inevitably, the author himself) are faced with the challenge of seeking or escaping authentic selfhood or existential good faith, in the Sartrean sense' (276).
Dead White Male Heroes : True History of the Kelly Gang, and Ned Kelly in Australian Fictions Susan K. Martin , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Fabulating Beauty : Perspectives on the Fiction of Peter Carey 2005; (p. 301-317)
Martin 'reads the novel as an exemplar of a particular subset of Australian historical fiction, novels that stage a search for white male heterosexual heroes. Kelly is a particularly interesting example, because his whiteness and maleness, along with his heterosexuality and his heroism, have been more or less vehemently contested (and continue to be so in the novel).' (Introduction to Fabulating Beuaty xxxiii).\
Peter Carey's True History of the Kelly Gang : Ethical Dimensions in the Re-evaluation of Australia's Mythic Hero M. Dolores Herrero , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Commonwealth , Spring vol. 27 no. 2 2005; (p. 71-85)
'Peter Carey's novel True History of the Kelly Gang negotiates the multiple and contradictory meanings that Ned Kelly's historical record brings about. The figure of Ned Kelly brings to the fore the ethical dimensions of revisiting and questioning one of the best-known myths of the nation' (71).
Representing the Irish Body: Reading Ned's Armor Penelope Ingram , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 20 no. 1 2006; (p. 12-19)
'Magwitch Is Really My Ancestor' : Interview with Peter Carey Igor Maver (interviewer), 2006 single work interview
— Appears in: Critics and Writers Speak : Revisioning Post-Colonial Studies 2006; (p. 155-159)
Carey comments on the positioning of his work within Australian, postcolonial, and Commonwealth literatures. He also comments on the use of history in fiction (True History of the Kelly Gang) and the relationship between Jack Maggs and Great Expectations.
The Influence of Peter Carey's True History of the Kelly Gang : Repositioning the Ned Kelly Narrative in Australian Popular Culture Nathanael O'Reilly , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Popular Culture , June vol. 40 no. 3 2007; (p. 488-502) The AustLit Anthology of Criticism 2010; (p. 6)
Author's abstract: Ned Kelly is currently a dominant figure in the Australian national consciousness, largely due to the commercial and critical success of Peter Carey's novel True History of the Kelly Gang, which repositioned the Kelly narrative firmly at the center of Australian popular culture and created a commercial and cultural environment conducive to the production of further revisions of the narrative. Conclusion Peter Carey's True History of the Kelly Gang has quickly become one of the most important works in Australian literature due to the cultural and historical importance of the narrative it retells, the commercial success of the novel, the critical accolades the author has received, the new prominence it has brought to the Kelly narrative, and the intense debate it has inspired.

Awards

2002 winner Festival Awards for Literature (SA) Premier's Award for the Best Overall Published Work
2002 inaugural winner Festival Awards for Literature (SA) Dymocks Booksellers National Fiction Award
2002 shortlisted International Awards International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
2002 winner One Book One Brisbane
2001 winner International Awards Commonwealth Writers Prize South East Asia Region Best Book for the Region Award
2001 winner International Awards Commonwealth Writers Prize Overall Best Book Award
2001 winner The Age Book of the Year Award Fiction Prize
2001 winner International Awards Booker Prize (UK)
2001 joint winner The Courier-Mail Book of the Year Award First prize shared between Peter Carey and Alan Gould (Schoonermaster's Dance)
2001 winner Queensland Premier's Literary Awards Best Fiction Book
2001 winner Victorian Premier's Literary Awards The Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction
2001 winner The Age Book of the Year Award Book of the Year
2000 winner Centre for Australian Cultural Studies Award
2000 winner Colin Roderick Award Best Australian Book Award is accompanied by the H. T. Priestley Medal
2000 shortlisted Booksellers Choice Award
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