Welcome to the offical site of the Australian author Jean Bedford: novelist, crime writer, short story writer, reviewer and editor.
Jean’s classic novel Sister Kate will be re-released at the end of 2021 as part of the University of Melbourne’s Untapped program. You can learn more about the Untapped program here.
About Sister Kate:
There is a kind of eucalypt that grows all round the district where I grew up, not a blue gum yet its leaves give off a shimmering haze of blue, and it is that blueness that stays in my mind when I remember the day my brother Edward came home from Pentridge.
The outlaw bushranger Ned Kelly is an Australian legend. But what about his sister, Kate? How do you live in the shadow of a legend?
In this sensuous, vital and compelling novel, Kate tells her story. It is the story of an expert horsewoman who rode through the bush to deliver supplies to her brother and his gang; the story of a young woman who fell in love with a man marked for death by the police; and it is the story of the destruction of a family and the tragic price of notoriety.
‘Out of the male past, Bedford fashions a disturbing figure, the female inheritor who broods over the Kelly legend … Sister Kate has simplicity and energy, moving swiftly and surely through a life held in the custody of the past.’ — Helen Daniel, the Age