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Lament is a rollicking ride - a historical fiction, re-imagining of the Kelly story if the siege at Glenrowan had gone differently.

In June 1880, the reign of the Kelly Gang ended - guns blazing - in a fiery siege at the Glenrowan Inn. Ned Kelly survived, only to be hanged four months later. In this re-imagining of Australia's most notorious bushranger, Ned is given the chance to keep his band of brothers together and build a better life. What unfolds is the human side of four outlaws who are remembered as much for their anarchy and rebellion as their crimes.

Ned Kelly. The life that might have been. The future he dreamed of. Such is life.

Praise for Lament -

“Deserving of a mini-series adaption! Nicole Kelly and Hawkeye have done Australian folk history proud, ‘Lament’ cleverly weaving fact and fiction together, staying true to history and vision, all while being respectful to those involved.” - Hawkeye Books Review

“Last night I dreamt I had been shot in the shoulder by Ned Kelly. When I woke it took me ages to settle and not feel aggrieved; to realise my shoulder, and neck, had seized-up as a consequence of reading most of Nicole Kelly’s captivating novel, Lament, in a single session during the night.” - Hawkeye Books Review

“Nicole Kelly writes with such engaging olde world charm, you’ll be immediately pulled into discovering the person Ned Kelly might have been. If you’ve ever wondered what might have happened if the Kelly gang lived on, this is the heartbreaking read for you.” - Hawkeye Books Review

About The Author

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Nicole Kelly is a teacher and writer from regional Victoria. She loves the open paddocks and towering gums of her rural life, and feels lucky to be instilling a love of words in her own children and the children that she teaches.

Nicole has a number of short stories published in anthologies, including her title story, Just Alice, with Stringybark Stories. Her debut novel, Lament, is a rollicking re-imagining of the life of bushranger Ned Kelly, and is published with Hawkeye Publishing.

Follow her on Twitter @ruralvicwriter or check out some of her writing at

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