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Issue Details: First known date: 2000... 2000 True History of the Kelly Gang
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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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      Extent: [viii], 401p.p.
      Description: illus., map.
      ISBN: 0702231886 (pbk.), 0702231673
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      Knopf ,
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      Extent: 349, [3] p.p.
      Edition info: 1st American ed.
      Description: illus., maps.
      ISBN: 0375410848 (alk. paper)
    • London,
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      Faber ,
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      Extent: 349p.
      Description: illus.
      ISBN: 0571204082(pbk.), 0571192165(cased)
    • Toronto, Ontario,
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      Random House Canada ,
      2001 .
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      Extent: 368p.
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      • Published 9 January 2001
      ISBN: 0679310797
    • London,
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      Faber ,
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      Extent: 424p.
      Description: illus., map.
      ISBN: 0571209874 (pbk.)
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2015 .
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      Extent: 496p.
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      ISBN: 9780143571209
Alternative title: Prawdziwa historia Neda Kelly'ego
Language: Polish
    • Warsaw,
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      Proszynski i Ska ,
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      Extent: 376p.
      Reprinted: 2005
      ISBN: 9788373375987, 8373375988

Works about this Work

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)
12 Books Every Australian Should Read Anna Vallen , 2016 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Geographic [Website] , February 2016;
'Take a literary journey to the interior with these 12 must-read Australian books, representing a cross section of Australian literature, meditating on landscape, history and what makes us Australian.'
The Art of Adaptation Shaun Grant , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 5-6 December 2015; (p. 16)
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)
On the Frontier : The Intriguing Dance of History and Fiction Tom Griffiths , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Conversation , 10 June 2015; Writing History 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.'
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)

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Two Sides to the Story : Against Megan Gressor , 2003 single work review
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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;

— 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)
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