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Mrs Kelly : The Astonishing Life of Ned Kelly's Mother - Grantlee Kieza

Mrs Kelly

The Astonishing Life of Ned Kelly's Mother

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While we know much about the iconic outlaw Ned Kelly, his mother Ellen Kelly has been largely overlooked by Australian writers and historians -
until now, with this vivid and compelling portrait by Grantlee Kieza, one of Australia's most popular biographers.

When Ned Kelly's mother, Ellen, arrived in Melbourne in 1841 aged nine, British convict ships were still dumping their unhappy cargo in what was then known as the colony of New South Wales. By the time she died aged ninety-one in 1923, having outlived seven of her twelve children, motor cars plied the highway near her bush home north of Melbourne, and Australia was a modern, sovereign nation.

Like so many pioneering women, Ellen, the wife of a convict, led a life of great hardship. Born in Ireland during a time of entrenched poverty and sectarian violence, she was a mother of seven when her husband died after months in a police lock-up. She lived through famine and drought, watched her babies die, listened through the prison wall while her eldest son was hanged and saw the charred remains of another of her children who'd died in a shoot-out with police.

One son became Australia's most infamous (and ultimately most celebrated) outlaw; another became a highly decorated policeman, an honorary member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and a worldwide star on the rodeo circuit. Through it all, 'the notorious Mrs Kelly', as she was dubbed by Victoria's Assistant Police Commissioner, survived as best she could, like so many pioneering women of the time.

By bestselling biographer Grantlee Kieza, Mrs Kelly is the astonishing story of one of Australia's most notorious women and her wild family, but it's also the story of the making of Australia, from struggling colony and backwater to modern nation.

About the Author

Award-winning journalist Grantlee Kieza has held senior editorial positions at The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph and The Courier-Mail. He is a Walkley Award finalist and the author of twelve acclaimed books, including the recent bestsellers Bert Hinkler: The Most Daring Man in the World, Sons of the Southern Cross and Monash.

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I loved this book, well written and easy to read.

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    I really enjoyed this book, well written and a real page turner, informative, easy to ready I just loved it
    and will probably read it again.

     
    5.0

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      Thought this was the best of the Ned Kelly books I've read and I've read half a dozen.Have to feel very sorry for Mrs Kelly. She was a tough woman but she adding have much of a chance

       
      3.0

      Too much Ned, not enough about Mrs. Kelly

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      I was expecting to learn more about Mrs. Kelly - Ned Kelly's life has been well documented but it was an interesting read

       
      4.0

      Great historical information

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      from Brisbane

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      Excellent account of Melbourne history and the Kelly family.

       
      5.0

      Well researched biography of Ned Kelly's life

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        Should be read in context of how life was at that time in the colony

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        a good read

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          this book is a good read. ive read several books now about the kelly "mob", and the kelly gang. some pro, some against.
          for me, i read and enjoy alot of aust/convict history books that accurately provide a context as close as possible to the time the event/s took place. this book fits that criteria for me.
          its easy to say people have choices, but what people forget or gloss over, is that all choices are influenced.
          the kellys were not the only poor people in greta (northern victoria), but they certainly had a lot of challenges that influenced the choices they made.
          its clear to me from this book, ned kelly did act in self defence at stringybark creek. what happened at glenrowan can only be described as madness, by the kelly gang and the police.

           
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            Love nonfiction, convicts, bushrangers, shipwrecks.

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            5.0

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              ISBN: 9780733331572
              ISBN-10: 0733331572
              Audience: General
              Format: Hardcover
              Language: English
              Number Of Pages: 624
              Published: 1st March 2017
              Publisher: ABC Books
              Country of Publication: AU
              Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.0  x 5.0
              Weight (kg): 0.99