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Free Book Friday – The Outlaw Lives of Billy the Kid and Ned Kelly


Wanted: The Outlaw Lives of Billy the Kid and Ned Kelly

by Robert M. Utley


A renowned biographer compares the lives and times of American outlaw Billy the Kid and his Australian counterpart Ned Kelly — The oft-told exploits of Billy the Kid and Ned Kelly survive vividly in the public imaginations of their respective countries, the United States and Australia. But the outlaws? reputations are so weighted with legend and myth, the truth of their lives has become obscure. In this adventure-filled double biography, Robert M. Utley reveals the true stories and parallel courses of the two notorious contemporaries who lived by the gun, were executed while still in their twenties, and remain compelling figures in the folklore of their homelands.

Robert M. Utley draws sharp, insightful portraits of first Billy, then Ned, and compares their lives and legacies. He recounts the adventurous exploits of Billy, a fun-loving, expert sharpshooter who excelled at escape and lived on the run after indictment for his role in the Lincoln Country War. Bush-raised Ned, the son of an Irish convict father and Irish mother, was a man whose outrage against British colonial authority inspired him to steal cattle and sheep, kill three policemen, and rob banks for the benefit of impoverished Irish sympathizers. Utley recounts the exploits of the notorious young men with accuracy and appeal. He discovers their profound differences, despite their shared fates, and illuminates the worlds in which they lived on opposite sides of the globe.

ISBN 9780300227123, Paperback

1 lucky member will win a brand-new copy.

To enter, simply leave a comment on this Blog post. You must be a PaperBackSwap member in good standing to win.

We will choose 1 winner at random from comments we receive here on the Blog from PBS members.

You have until Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 12 noon ET, to leave a comment.

Good Luck to everyone!


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83 Responses to “Free Book Friday – The Outlaw Lives of Billy the Kid and Ned Kelly”

  1. Pat W. says:

    Winning books is the best!

  2. Stephen S. (schumann998) says:

    I bet this would be great!

  3. Lisa R says:

    This looks awesome!!

  4. Rhonda Smeltzer says:

    Can you say “Winner”!

  5. Sheryl Summers says:

    Looks interesting!

  6. Cheryl says:

    Sounds like a good book

  7. Kristen A Jones says:

    Cant wait to read this even if i dont win!

  8. Shri H. (litekepr) says:

    I’ve read a lot about Billy the Kid, but it would be cool to learn more about an outlaw from another country and about Australia in that time period. Sounds good 🙂

  9. lydia zendejas says:

    I would love to win this book!

  10. Lori says:

    Fingers crossed.

  11. Lara says:

    I love a great adventure story especially if its true!

  12. Colin Toenjes says:

    This looks like an interesting read!

  13. Miriam S. M. says:

    Need that book to add to my collection of Old West history.

  14. Samantha T. (sammyg) , says:

    I would love to learn more about these two men.

  15. Mary Scott says:

    Definitely putting this on my wish list!

  16. Kathryn Y. (coco45) says:

    Thank you for having these contests!

  17. Melissa Etheridge says:

    Thank you.

  18. B Long says:

    This looks great. Thanks for the opportunity.

  19. KAREN STCLAIR says:

    I love books!

  20. Jack T. says:

    Wanted indeed.

  21. Peter J Lagasse says:

    What a cool book to read. I love history.

  22. Fern Jones says:

    OHHHH….looks like a very interesting read…pick me please!!

  23. imran says:

    Excellent article. I’m experiencing some of these issues as well..

  24. Joseph L. says:

    Books about outlaws are interesting.

  25. Desmond W. (desmond) says:

    Count me in, please!

  26. Christina Clement says:

    Thank you for the chance to win!!

  27. Ty Scott says:

    Love free books

  28. Bolt says:

    This is what I have been waiting for…Ready!

  29. Nina P. (lmntree) says:

    Count me in please!

  30. Kimberly Neal says:

    Ohhh looks good!

  31. KAY COLEMAN says:

    Looking forward to reading it.

  32. Michael Carman says:

    This book sounds interesting.

  33. Michelle Bovee says:


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