Up for sale is a brand new AUSTRALIAN SON: THE STORY OF NED KELLY BY MAX BROWN with FREE AUSTRALIA WIDE POSTAGE.
A century and one-third after his death, Ned Kelly’s not forgotten, and it’s hard to believe that Australians will ever forget him. In his own lifetime he passed into folklore, as Max Brown makes clear, so where is he now? This is not an easy question, but wherever he is, Max Brown’s book is part of the answer. When Ned was alive, and police in two states were trying to find him, he was regularly labelled a criminal, murderer, desperado, villain, et cetera. Respectable society condemned him because they had to. We might say they knew no better. The amazing thing about Ned and his gang, though, is that they convinced a great many people that justice might mean injustice, and vice-versa. Ned was hanged in 1880. A lifetime later, with the world recovering from World War 2, Australian Son: the story of Ned Kelly was written. Decades later, Max revised it but didn’t live to see this later version, which keeps the tradition alive. Tradition? Yes. The famous bushranger, from the poorest of poor families, has given rise to a persisting idea that the apparatus of justice may pursue the ends of injustice, and be meted out to those who, by their own sense of what’s right, deserve it least.
Max Brown was born 1916 at Invercargill, New Zealand, educated in Melbourne (St. Kilda Park Central and University High School) and worked as a journalist in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and several country towns, notably Echuca, Bendigo, Lithgow and Kalgoorlie. His paternal grandparents were on the Dunstan Gorge goldfield and his maternal grandparents at Dunolly where the Welcome Stranger nugget was found. He was at various times a teacher, wharf labourer, knockabout and film publicist. After service with the RAAF in the Second World War he used his severance pay to write ‘Australian Son’, which was first published in Melbourne and London 1948, republished 1961, again in 1980 and (final revised version) 2005, republished 2013. He wrote two novels, ‘Wild Turkey’ (1958) and ‘The Jimberi Track’ (1966), as well as ‘The Black Eureka’, a history of the 1946 strike of West Australian station Aborigines, and ‘Buttered Toast: stories and sketches’, a book which further demonstrates his sympathy with those on the fringes of society. Max died in Ballarat in September 2003.
The 312 page hard cover book measures 148mm x 210mm (A5) and features a full colour wrap around matt laminated dust jacket. Australian Son: the story of Ned Kelly (ISBN: 9780987278012) was first published by Network Creative Services in May, 2013. With every purchase you will also receive a FREE Australian Son bookmark and a 36 page mini-mag The Wars Were Over by Chester Eagle on the life of author Max Brown.
We will mail via an Australia Post Satchel to anywhere in Australia for FREE.