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Adam Shand – bestselling author of Big Shots: Carl Williams and the Gangland Murders – disentangles the persona of 'Chopper' from Mark Read, the man. Chopper took over Read's life, made him famous but then refused to let him go.

Criminal, murderer, raconteur, author ... mythmaker?

Mark Brandon 'Chopper' Read is undoubtedly Australia's best-known criminal. Author of many bestselling books about the underworld he inhabited, and subject of a smash-hit film, his story has become part of the country's culture. And Read certainly knew how to spin a yarn.

Adam Shand – bestselling author of Big Shots: Carl Williams and the Gangland Murders – disentangles the persona of 'Chopper' from Mark Read, the man. Chopper took over Read's life, made him famous but then refused to let him go.

With unparalleled access to lovers, friends and enemies, Shand learns that 'Uncle Chop Chop', was much more than the 'earless monster' he created.

Reviews

Finally the whole truth about Australia’s most famous stand-over man, Mark Brandon “Chopper” Read: murderer, performer, poet, author, artist, winemaker and larger-than-life character ... Adam [Shand] leaves no stone unturned in his quest to find out what is real and what was manufactured by Chopper for the sake of a good story.

Queensland Times

Shand has gone behind the myths to find the man himself.

Janet Fife-Yeomans, Herald Sun

Thanks to careful sifting and weighing of available evidence by Adam Shand, an exper­ienced reporter and true crime writer who met his subject in a professional context more than once, we can say that Read was a genuine mythmaker.

Simon Caterson, The Australian

Shand followed Chopper's case for years, trawled through his prison file and interrogated his friends and enemies ... in reality, Chopper was just a fraction of the myth he created.

Daniel Piotrowski, Daily Mail Australia

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143572879

    October 17, 2016

    Penguin

    320 pages

    RRP $24.99

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780143799580

    September 24, 2014

    Michael Joseph

    320 pages

    RRP $32.99

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    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Amazon
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook

    9781743484715

    September 24, 2014

    Penguin eBooks

    320 pages

    Online retailers

    • iBooks
    • Amazon Kindle
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    • eBooks
    • Google Play
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Carl Williams
Big Shots
The Skull: Informers, Hit Men and Australia's Toughest Cop

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