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.  


Adam Shand

Adam Shand is a journalist with twenty years of experience in Australian television, print and online media.  As a cadet on The Australian newspaper in teh 1980s, he covered the rise and fall of the entrepreneurs.  Adam joined the Nine Network in 1991, reporting for Business Sunday in Sydney and Melbourne, before leaving to wander Africa for three years as a freelance journalist for Nine and other media organisations.  Since 1997 he has been an investigative reporter and he is currently working for The Bulletin and Nine's Sunday program.  His research on the Melbourne gangland murders was carried out as a joint investigation for The Bulletin and Sunday.  Adam also writes on Melbourne crime in his Bluestone column for The Bulletin online.

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Review Review - THE REAL CHOPPER, Adam Shand
Karen Chisholm
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Blog Currently Reading - The Real Chopper, Adam Shand
Karen Chisholm
Monday, September 22, 2014

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