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Paperback review: The Kelly Gang Unmasked, By Ian Macfarlane

This meticulously researched account of Australia’s unofficial national hero, Ned Kelly, produces not so much a portrayal of a republican outlaw (Kelly never expressed any desire for engagement with the republican movement) as one of a career criminal used to violence and drunkenness, whose stupidity and cowardice resulted not only in the deaths of innocent policemen, women and children at the town of Glenrowan, but of his own family members and friends, too.

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If Edith Pearlman rings no bells, you have a terrific treat in store. The short-story writer from the suburbs of Boston emerges in this generous collection of her work as the equal of Updike or Munro.

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The man was sacked after allegations of anti-Semitic abuse

Royal Mint to mark birth of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's baby by giving away silver pennies at an estimated cost of £50,000

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Stuart Hall, Jeremy Forrest and now the Oxford grooming gang - why this sentencing disparity?

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Mark Leftly: Osbornism - one small step for the man, one giant leap for the economy... ideally

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Qatar's 'historic day': Emir abdicates and hands power to his son Sheikh Tamim

Foreign Secretary William Hague has welcomed news of Qatar's new leader as a “historic day”.

Poll: Are the Girl Guides right to drop God?

The Girl Guides and Brownies have dropped references to religion and patriotism from their official oath in an effort to welcome "all girls, of all faiths and none."

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Dr Karen Shalev-Greene, director of the Centre for the Study of Missing Persons, is currently studying the ways different cases are treated in the media.

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