McLean, Felicity

From award-winning writer and journalist Felicity McLean, comes Red, a spirited, sharp, snarling and striking contemporary retelling of the Ned Kelly story.

It’s 1989 and fourteen-year-old Ruby ‘Red’ McCoy dreams about one day leaving her weatherboard house on the Central Coast of NSW, where her best friend, Stevie, is loose with the truth, and her dad, Sid, is always on the wrong side of the law. But wild, whip-smart Red can’t stay out of trouble to save her life. And Sid’s latest hustle is more harebrained than usual. Meanwhile, Senior Sergeant Healy seems to have a vendetta against every generation of the McCoys.

Told in Red’s vivid, inimitable voice, Red is a bit True Grit, a bit Blue Murder. It’s the story of up close and personal police persecution. Of dodgy deals and even dodgier cars. And of a family history that refuses to stay in the past. A sharp and savagely funny novel.