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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 โ€” 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. Jean Lesslie says:

    I would love to win this book! Thank you.

  2. Mike says:

    Looks very interesting!

  3. Sherri p says:

    How fun. Looks interesting. Wish I was a faster reader to get to all the great books,I have gotten from! !!

  4. Debra J. (homemakerdeb) says:

    Sounds interesting!

  5. Kari Schisel says:

    Thanks for offering a chance to win!
    Good Luck everyone.

  6. Lois says:

    This is new for me, but why not take a chance.

  7. Tracy Kern says:

    Would love to read this! Thanks for the chance ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Kate Dee says:

    sounds very interesting.

  9. Karen H. (warbler43) says:

    Sounds like a good story. Thanks for the chance to win.

  10. Laura Gray says:

    Would love to win this book.

  11. kathy says:

    looks interesting!

  12. Ronni E. (rifkachaya) says:

    My husband would love this book!

  13. NancyMissy Cannon says:

    Sounds really cool! Thanks for the chance to win!

  14. Julie says:

    I would love to read this book about Billy the Kid and Ned Kelly! Thank you for offering this book!

  15. Amber (berd) says:

    Looks like a great book! Thank you for the chance to win!

  16. Michelle says:

    This sounds like a fun book!

  17. Carol Summers-Kolber says:

    My son-in-law would like to read this. Good Luck.

  18. Heather F. (AZmom875) , says:

    Oh sign me up. My husband is the history nerd. But the book sounds great. He loves this time in history.

  19. Amanda Pennington says:

    I’d love to win this!

  20. Tina B. (bookshelftreasures) says:

    This would be a great read!

  21. Fenya Basargin says:

    This would be a great to add to our school collection. ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. dan says:

    Love history books. Count me in.

  23. Stephen T. (composer) says:

    Should compliment Peter Carey’s The History of the Kelly Gang.

  24. Betty Vincent says:

    I love reading these types of books!

  25. Judy Hale says:

    Looks like a great read!

  26. Betty Ely says:

    Would love to read this book!

  27. MSCOZY says:

    I enjoy reading about famous outlaws. I had no idea that Australia had a similar outlaw to Billy the Kid. Good luck, everyone.

  28. Tanya Ruybal says:

    This is not on my normal read list, but it looks like a great way to broaden my horizons

  29. Grace says:

    I’d love to read this!

  30. S Ward says:

    Great timing! I could use a western right about now! Thanks for the book giveaway.

  31. R E K. (bigstone) , says:

    Oh, wow. I would love to have this book. Some of my favorite reads are about people and their lives. I’ve not read much about Billy the Kid.

  32. Janet K Arkills says:

    western true crime, nothing more entertaining…

  33. Claudia says:

    Sounds like a good read. I enjoy that time of our history!

  34. Diane says:

    I would love to win this book. Non-fiction is my favorite.

  35. Norma Loos says:

    Sounds like a fun book! Got to love the old west and this comparison sounds great.

  36. Mary Lewis says:

    An interesting subject always gets my attention, and this one looks to be a great read!

  37. Jennifer Clark says:

    Sounds interesting

  38. Grant says:

    Robert Utley is one of the great historians of the American West. Glad he’s still in the game!

  39. Linda Kelley says:

    I have a friend that loves this type of reading and the era! Would love to win this for him

  40. Sarah Weix says:

    I love reading about the history, and for some reason outlaws are a very interesting subject to read about. Looks interesting, comparing 2 such well known outlaws from opposite sides of the planet.

  41. Kim Waterfield says:

    This sounds really interesting. I hope I win!


    My brother loves this kind of history. I’d love to win this for him.

  43. Karen Davis says:

    Books are a treasure. Thanks

  44. Jaclyn Neally says:

    This looks like a very interesting read.

  45. Susan House says:

    Looks like a fascinating book!

  46. Jeanne McCarthy says:

    Sounds good. A book I would love to read!

  47. Pat Ferguson says:

    I LOVE PaperBackSwap! Would love to win this book!

  48. Zia M says:

    Looks like an interesting read, be a treat to have a copy!

  49. Ursula C. says:

    I would love to win this book. Thank you!

  50. I have always loved westerns! Thanks

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