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True History of the Kelly Gang (2001)
By Peter Carey


Despite its title, True History of the Kelly Gang, Carey's novel is a fictional account of the life of Ned Kelly – a famous criminal who lived in Australia during the late 19th century. Kelly was a legendary man who eluded the corrupt police force in Australia; Carey likens Ned Kelly to a modern-day Robin Hood. The novel is narrated through a series of letters that Kelly writes to a daughter he will never see, explaining the saga of his life and his family's life in colonial Australia.

Fun Fact: Ned Kelly's father, John "Red" Kelly, was an Irishman who was transported to Australia, eventually settling in the Victoria.

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