Ned Kelly

  • by Peter FitzSimons
  • Narrated by Richard Aspel
  • 29 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Love him or loathe him, Ned Kelly has been at the heart of Australian culture and identity since he and his gang were tracked down in bushland by the Victorian police and came out fighting, dressed in bulletproof iron armour made from farmers' ploughs.
Historians still disagree over virtually every aspect of the eldest Kelly boy's brushes with the law. Did he or did he not shoot Constable Fitzpatrick at their family home? Was he a lawless thug or a noble Robin Hood, a remorseless killer or a crusader against oppression and discrimination? Was he even a political revolutionary, an Australian republican channelling the spirit of Eureka?
Peter FitzSimons, best-selling chronicler of many of the great defining moments and people of this nation's history, is the perfect person to tell this most iconic of all Australian stories. From Kelly's early days in Beveridge, Victoria, in the mid-1800s, to the Felons' Apprehension Act, which made it possible for anyone to shoot the Kelly gang, to Ned's appearance in his now-famous armour, prompting the shocked and bewildered police to exclaim ‘He is the devil!' and ‘He is the bunyip!', FitzSimons brings the history of Ned Kelly and his gang exuberantly to life, weighing in on all of the myths, legends and controversies generated by this compelling and divisive Irish-Australian rebel.

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What the Critics Say

Eureka is a great tale, a rollicking story with momentum that sweeps the reader along to the climactic explosion of violence.' (The Australian)

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Must listen

Very pleased. Excellent narrative, easy to listen to and drift off in to the story. It will not disappoint.
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Fantastic!

This is the first book of Peter Fitzsimon's that I've ever read (well technically 'listened' to) and I'm very impressed. The way he brought the complete story of Ned to life had me captivated throughout. The vast amount of research he and his team must have put into this book truly pays off. I highly recommend it if you have any shred of interest in the story of Ned Kelly.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 26-11-2013
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd