A lot of books and films about Ned Kelly are biased towards (or very occasionally against) him; this one presents the facts and offers a view from all sides.
Everything that you would expect to be covered is here (all the major events in his life, and in particular those as a bushman/outlaw, are described), but there is a clear difference here. While other biographies tell the story solely from Kelly and his gang's point of view, and ignore the considerable harm and damage to people's live that they were responsible for, Ian Jones acknowledges that not everything they did was either forced upon them or for the greater good of the people of Victoria.
What I most enjoyed about this was that the author dares to criticise some decisions Ned made, including some which cost people their lives, and suggests that some things which were attributed as brilliance actually involve a large slice of luck. He also looks into how the myth around Ned Kelly and the Kelly Gang developed and then follows the effect it had on the families of those involved beyond the lives of the gang members. He also looks into what Kelly meant to those who did not even have contact with him, and in some cases outwith Australia (let alone Victoria).
This a very well-balanced and interesting biography and I would recommend it to anyone looking to get what appears to be a truly unbiased, objective account of the very interesting life of this Australian cult hero.