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.
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Very well written, should go a long way to dispel the myth of the Kelly gang. Well done Leo.
Finally we get something real
I’ve real a lot of books about this history and it so refreshing to get the other side of the story of those who were so closer involved and so deeply affected. Those families deserve so much better i feel deeply ashamed to have partaken in the myth telling now i have read these words. I once wanted to walk the ‘kelly’ trail and hear the stories along the way now I want no part in the butchered tourist drivel
What an amazing book,you can tell there has been so much research and time put into this book. Michael Kennedy sounded like a wonderful man