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  • Published: 24 September 2014
  • ISBN: 9780143799580
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $32.99
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The Real Chopper

The Man Behind the Legend Inside and Out




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.
From Read's religious upbringing and youthful escapades to his 23 years in jail and later careers in the spotlight, Shand delves into Read's life to reveal the truth for the first time. With unparalleled access to lovers, friends and enemies, Shand learns that 'Uncle Chop Chop', Australia's favourite stand-over man, was much more than the 'earless monster' he created.

  • Pub date: 24 September 2014
  • ISBN: 9780143799580
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $32.99

About the Author

Adam Shand

Adam Shand is a writer with nearly thirty years' experience in television, print, radio and online media. As a freelance journalist, he covered the rise to power of Nelson Mandela in South Africa, the aftermath of the genocide in Rwanda and the corruption of Zimbabwe's democracy. He is the bestselling author of The Skull: Informers, Hit Men and Australia's Toughest Cop; Big Shots: Carl Williams and the Gangland Murders; King of Thieves: The Adventures of Arthur Delaney and The Kangaroo Gang; Outlaws: The Truth about Australian Bikers; and Carl Williams: The Short Life and Violent Times of Melbourne's Gangland Drug Lord.

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Praise for The Real Chopper

“Finally the whole truth about Australia's most famous stand-over man.”

Queensland Times

“At last, in The Real Chopper we have a book about 'Uncle Chop Chop' that does seem to ring true.”

Weekend Australian


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