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Nabbing Ned Kelly

The extraordinary true story of the men who brought Australia's notorious outlaw to justice...

David Dufty



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Allen & Unwin
01 March 2022
Shortlisted for the 2023 Danger Awards

He lurched through the gun smoke, his head encased in an iron helmet, and started shooting. To the weary police in the cordon around the Glenrowan hotel, he appeared like a monster, or a creature from hell.

For over a century, the Ned Kelly legend has grown and grown. He's become Australia's Robin Hood, and leader of a colonial Irish resistance. How much of the legend is true?

This is the real story of the hunt for the Kelly Gang over two long years. As gripping as any police procedural, it is an account of poorly trained officers unfamiliar with the terrain, in pursuit of the most dangerous men in the state.

By recounting the story from the perspective of the law, David Dufty gets to the heart of the story for the first time and finds answers to many unresolved questions. Why was the gang always one step ahead of the police? Did law-abiding citizens really assist the outlaws? Did the barely literate Ned really write the impassioned Jerilderie Letter? Did the police really persecute the Kelly family? Who was Michael Ward and why is he the real hero in the capture of Ned Kelly?

Imprint:   Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
Weight:   558g
ISBN:   9781761067341
ISBN 10:   1761067346
Pages:   408
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

David Dufty is an historian and researcher. He is the author of The Secret Code Breakers of Central Bureau, winner of the 2017 Nib Military History Prize, and of Radio Girl, the story of a pioneering engineer and wartime legend.

Reviews for Nabbing Ned Kelly: The extraordinary true story of the men who brought Australia's notorious outlaw to justice

'A fresh take on the Ned Kelly legend' - The Australian

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