An unusual book in that it is written almost as a cross between a diary and Ned Kelly’s train of thoughts. Kelly’s father died when he was twelve and from then on, Ned was the man of the family. They struggled with poverty, downtrodden by the ‘squattocracy’ – wealthy and careless land-grabbers. Ned tried to make a ‘go’ of farming only to see his hard work and effort trampled. He became a horse-thief and bush-ranger, bank-robber, murderer and finally, revered as a Robin-Hood outlaw, determined that others should not experience the same suffering and helplessness of being at the mercy of the wealthy. The reader has the sensation that Ned is speaking to him across time from beyond the grave.