Black Snake

Black Snake

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The story of Ned Kelly is also the untold story of Michael Kennedy, the police sergeant slain and robbed by the outlaw 140 years ago. Both
Kennedy and Kelly were Irish immigrants struggling to make their way in the new colonies of Australia – Kennedy was committed to defending
the law, while Kelly was hell-bent on breaking it. When their paths crossed one fateful day at Stringybark Creek, it triggered the end for one
and the beginning of an incredible myth about the other.
Author Leo Kennedy is the great grandson of Sergeant Michael Kennedy. He was raised in the shadow of his great grandfather’s murder. He
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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Product details

  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 160 x 240 x 30mm | 610g
  • Mulgrave, Australia
  • 192558495X
  • 9781925584950
  • 249,216

About Leo Kennedy

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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