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Black Snake: The Real Story of Ned Kelly

Leo Kennedy Mic Looby

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Affirm Press
01 July 2019
History; Australasian & Pacific history
Author Leo Kennedy is the great-grandson of Sergeant Michael Kennedy. Raised in the shadow of his great-grandfather's murder, Leo witnessed the deep psychological wounds inflicted on successive generations of his family - and the families of other victims - as the Ned Kelly myth grew around them and the sacrifice of their loved ones was forgotten. Leo himself was nicknamed 'Red Ned' at school and taunted for being on the wrong side of Australian history.

Now, for the first time, and in brilliant prose that brings these historical episodes to life, BLACK SNAKE challenges the legend of Ned Kelly. Instead of celebrating an heroic man of the people, it gives voice to the victims of a merciless gang of outlaws. This is a captivating true story, gleaned from meticulous research and family history, of two men from similar backgrounds whose legacies were distorted by history.
By:   Leo Kennedy, Mic Looby
Imprint:   Affirm Press
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 151mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   430g
ISBN:   9781925870428
ISBN 10:   1925870421
Pages:   336
Publication Date:   01 July 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Leo Kennedy is the great grandson of Sergeant Michael Kennedy and was raised in the shadow of his great grandfather's murder. Leo is a member of the Blue Ribbon Foundation, which supports police families and honours the memory of police killed in the line of duty. He lives with his family in Melbourne, where he works as a lawyer. In his spare time he enjoys working on other history, conservation and permaculture projects. Mic Looby is a writer, editor and illustrator. He is the author of the novel Paradise Updated (Affirm Press), a co-creator of six children's books, and a scriptwriter for television including the ABC's award-winning natural history documentary The Great Australian Fly. A former columnist for The Big Issue magazine, Mic was also a senior digital wordsmith at The Age for many years, and a Lonely Planet guidebook writer at large. A father of two, Mic lives in Melbourne with his family and other wildlife.

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