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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.
©2013 Peter FitzSimons 2013. (P)2013 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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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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4 out of 5 stars
By Greg on 09-22-16

the narrator was hard to listen to

An Aussie accented narrator would of been easier to listen to. very informative and factual.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Michael on 08-03-14

Not the best telling of the story of Ned Kelly

First of all I don't like this authors (Peter FitzSimons) style of writing or history. Second, the narrator Richard Aspel is dreadful. Thirdly, there are better books than this one on the telling of the Ned Kelly Gang incidents.
Peter FitzSimons isn't a very good historian, but he does try. He tends to take a side and skew the telling. Don't get me wrong, he can write and his newspaper column is one of my favourite Sunday readings, but his telling of history is not good. He tells a story, that some might like to listen or read but not me.
Richard Aspel seems to make every sentence a drama filled statement, even when it isn't. I don't think he could read a dozen words without stopping which makes the continuity hard to listen to. By the end of the book, I just wanted the whole thing finished with. It was hard to get through this book, mainly due to his narration.
If the epilog had introduced the book, without the what happen to the characters after Edward Kelly departed us (spoiler alert) this book might have been forgivable, but it is too one sided, too 'the truth is in the telling' and too sensational.
I have listen and read some other of Peter FitzSimons books and as an author, he doesn't impress me, as a media personality, I like him, as a historian I am not happy with. This book was a personal quest for Mr FitzSimons who describes it as "a big boofy bearded guy writing about a big boofy bearded guy". (Not exact quote). If you like Mr FitzSimons story telling, then buy the book and read it and skip Richard Aspel narration. If you want to read better books on the history, then go to the back and see which books Mr FitzSimons has used for reference and research.
Not the best book on Ned Kelly

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sean on 01-22-17


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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5 out of 5 stars
By Tom on 11-10-15

Kelly - From Pop To Drop.

What did you like most about Ned Kelly?

I heard the Fitzsimmons unearthed and/or many pieces of Kelly evidence that, to date, had been unknown or questioned. With this knowledge, it was satisfying venturing through the book comfortable that what i was hearing had a bloody good chance of being legit.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Ned Kelly?

Surely the Glenrowan stand is his most memorable.

Which character – as performed by Richard Aspel – was your favourite?

Aspel doesn't adopt character portrayals, which I was happy with nor does it take away from the story.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

When Push Met With Shove.

Any additional comments?

The book is very well written and Aspel's reading is tolerable, if not a little over emphasised at times. Overall, I'm more than satisfied with it.

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