Real Chopper: The Man Behind the Legend, Inside and Out

Author(s): Adam Shand


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 Wars - 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.


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Adam Shand is a journalist with nearly thirty years experience in television, print and online media. As a freelance reporter, 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. Since 1997 he has been an investigative reporter. He is the author of five books including Carl Williams; Big Shots: Carl Williams and the Gangland Wars - the Inside Story and The Skull: Informers, Hit Men and Australia's Toughest Cops.

General Fields

  • : 9780143799580
  • : Penguin Books Australia
  • : Michael Joseph
  • : 0.444
  • : July 2014
  • : 230mm X mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : October 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 320
  • : en
  • : Oct-14
  • : Paperback
  • : Adam Shand