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Issue Details: First known date: 1991... 1991 Our Sunshine
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Adaptations

form y separately published work icon Ned Kelly John Michael McDonagh , ( dir. Gregor Jordan ) Australia United States of America (USA) France : Working Title Films Endymion Films StudioCanal , 2003 Z1004563 2003 single work film/TV historical fiction crime

Based on Robert Drewe's novel Our Sunshine, the film follows Kelly from his arrest for horse theft in 1871 to his execution at Old Melbourne Gaol in 1880.

Notes

  • Adapted for the 2003 film Ned Kelly.
  • Also published in braille and sound recording formats.
  • Dedication: For James Fraser and Ray Lawrence
  • Epigraph: Myth is gossip grown old. - Stanislaw Lec
  • Epigraph: He stole my left ear. I took his right eye. He concealed fourteen of my teeth. I sewed up his lips. He stewed my behind. I turned his heart inside-out. He ate my liver. I drank his blood. War! - Elias Canetti
  • Epigraph: No one is himself... - Paul Bowles

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Picador , 1991 .
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      Extent: 189p.
      ISBN: 0330272470 (pbk.)
    • London,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Granta ,
      1998 .
      Extent: 181p.
      ISBN: 1862072167(pbk.)
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2001 .
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      Extent: 183p.
      ISBN: 9780141008035 (pbk.), 0141008032 (pbk.)
    • Camberwell, Camberwell - Kew area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2003 .
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      Extent: 202p.
      ISBN: 0143001566
    • Camberwell, Camberwell - Kew area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2010 .
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      Extent: 216p.
      ISBN: 9780143204763 (pbk.)
      1991 .
      Extent: 1v. (various foliations)p.
      Edition info: Prelim. draft
      (Manuscript) assertion
      Note/s:
      • Typescript, computer printouts, handwritten notes.

      • Notes, 1st attempts at early chapters, miscellaneous pertinent jottings, etc.

      Holdings

      Held at: University of Western Australia Library

Works about this Work

The Hangover Part Four Robert Drewe , 2013 single work autobiography
— Appears in: The West Australian , 6 July 2013; (p. 22)
Robert Drewe : Our Sunshine Linda Funnell , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Newtown Review of Books , February 2012;

— Review of Our Sunshine Robert Drewe , 1991 single work novel
The Harp in the South : Reading Ireland in Australia Patrick Buckridge , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Oxford History of the Irish Book, Volume V 2011; (p. 440-461)

'The Australian branch of the modern Irish diaspora has several apparently distinctive features, when compared with the British, American and Canadian branches. As explained by the historian Oliver MacDonagh, these include, firstly, its large size in relation to the total population – over 30% in the eastern mainland states, and sustained at that level down to the First World War and beyond; secondly, its unusually uniform distribution around the country, geographically, socially and even occupationally, with relatively strong Irish presences in all states, and in all classes and occupations (except the higher financial professions), but notably the law, politics, journalism and teaching; and thirdly their unique position within the diaspora,as a founding people, arriving at the beginning of European settlement (mainly as convicts and soldiers), and thereby staking a claim, and an interest, in the shape and destiny of the nation as a whole.' (Author's introduction)

Our Sunshine : Robert Drewe (1943- ) Jane Gleeson-White , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Classics : Fifty Great Writers and Their Celebrated Works 2007; (p. 300-304)
Australia's Cultural Identity Now Robert Drewe , 2005 single work essay
— Appears in: New Literatures Review , October no. 44 2005; (p. 23-31)
Robert Drewe discusses Australian identity in terms of 'the Myth of Landscape' and 'the Myth of Character', using examples from his fiction to illustrate.
Robert Drewe : Our Sunshine Linda Funnell , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Newtown Review of Books , February 2012;

— Review of Our Sunshine Robert Drewe , 1991 single work novel
A Ned for Our Times Terry Lane , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December-January (1991-1992) no. 137 1991; (p. 15)

— Review of Our Sunshine Robert Drewe , 1991 single work novel
Art of the Imagination Peter Pierce , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 26 November vol. 113 no. 5797 1991; (p. 116)

— Review of Our Sunshine Robert Drewe , 1991 single work novel
As Game as Ned Kelly Brian Edwards , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: Mattoid , no. 41 1991; (p. 162-165)

— Review of Our Sunshine Robert Drewe , 1991 single work novel
Casting the Kelly Gang in a Post-Modern Light Michael Wilding , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 23-24 November 1991; (p. rev 7)

— Review of Our Sunshine Robert Drewe , 1991 single work novel
Hunting Ned Sandra McLean , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 1 March 2003; (p. 5)
In the Service of Complex Truths : The Aims and Art of Robert Drewe's Fiction Michael Ackland , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Westerly , November vol. 50 no. 2005; (p. 26-41)
A discussion of Robert Drewe's repeated questioning in his writings of notions of 'truth'.
Australia's Cultural Identity Now Robert Drewe , 2005 single work essay
— Appears in: New Literatures Review , October no. 44 2005; (p. 23-31)
Robert Drewe discusses Australian identity in terms of 'the Myth of Landscape' and 'the Myth of Character', using examples from his fiction to illustrate.
Our Sunshine : Robert Drewe (1943- ) Jane Gleeson-White , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Classics : Fifty Great Writers and Their Celebrated Works 2007; (p. 300-304)
New Histories of the Kelly Gang : Gregor Jordan's Ned Kelly Ina Bertrand , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Senses of Cinema , May-June no. 26 2003;
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