Ned Kelly emerges as a man who hated conflict yet never escaped it.
Ian Jones writes about Kelly with the authority of an historian, the style of a stortyteller and the reflection of a sociologist. The context of Kelly's reign (of terror?) is as important as its content, and Jones goes beyond chronology to take us into Kelly's world - a raw, growing nation, struggling with its identity, its mores, its weather and its ethnicity. Anyone who has heard of the Kelly legend, and wants to explore it, will love and value this book.
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Ian Jones, Ned Kelly: a short life, Lothian Books, South Melbourne, 2003, p. 15. a b Brian McDonald (in his book What they said about Ned! : looking at the legend of Ned Kelly through books. 157. ISBN 0734405448. State Library of Victoria, Ned Kelly fact sheet. grammar, spelling, punctuation and the reference to the calf's testicles has been left out'.
Ian Edward Swainson Jones (22 September 1931 – 31 August 2018) was an Australian television writer and director and an author specialising in the history of notorious outlaw Ned Kelly and his gang.
About the Author: Ian Jones, MBE has worked in bomb disposal for nearly four decades.
Author, Ian Jones, the acknowledged Kelly authority, shares with us the results of a lifetime’s research. For the first time Ned Kelly truly emerges as a man – a man who hated conflict yet never escaped it. A man who was seen, even in his own lifetime, as what he represented rather than what he was, and whose enemies – even more than his allies – helped to make him a legend.
This edition in the Bolinda Classics series has a new introduction and a fully revised concluding chapter.