From streetfighter to standover man, gunman to underworld executioner, Mark Brandon 'Chopper' Read was earmarked for death a dozen times but somehow lived to tell the tale. This is it. Chopper: From The Inside became a best-seller on its release in 1991, spawning a series of books that have today sold over 500,000 copies around the world. Chopper also inspired an acclaimed feature film, countless art and stage shows and, in 2018, the major Channel Nine TV series Underbelly: Chopper.
From The Inside is the first shot in the Chopper canon - written from his gaol cell and laced with the brutal humour that made this Australian crime commando a true legend of the underworld.
Mark Brandon "Chopper" Read is Australia's most famous standover man and one of its most prolific authors.
Now, for the very first time, all eleven volumes of Chopper's memoirs are together in this special collector's edition. From his criminal youth to his time in prison to his life as a reformed man, the entire journey is here.
This omnibus edition contains the following complete and unabridged books:
From the Inside: Chopper 1
Hits and Memories: Chopper 2
How to Shoot Friends and Influence People: Chopper 3
For the Term of His Unnatural Life: Chopper 4
Pulp Faction: Chopper 5
No Tears for a Tough Guy: Chopper 6
The Singing Defective: Chopper 7
The Sicilian Defence: Chopper 8
The Final Cut: Chopper 9
The Popcorn Gangster: Chopper 10.5
Last Man Standing: Chopper 11
Chopper is an icon in popular Australian culture and in the criminal underworld. Find out why in Chopper's own words.
Underworld standover man and executioner Mark Brandon 'Chopper' Read was released from Pentridge Prison in November, 1991, vowing never to return. He became an instant celebrity when his autobiography Chopper: From the Inside hit the bestseller lists (it also holds the record as Australia's most shop-lifted book). Six months later, he was back in jail charged with the shooting of a biker, and busy writing his second volume of memoirs.
In this sequel, Chopper gives us more stories of crime and criminals that made his first book an international publishing sensation, from bookie robberies to hitmen, slavery and kidnapping.
Written with dark humour and an intimate knowledge of some of Australia's most notorious criminals and crimes, Hits and Memories is a unique look at Australia's underbelly.
Mark Brandon 'Chopper' Read grew up hungry for revenge. He ended up cleaning the streets as an underworld standover man and executioner. He was released from Pentridge Prison in 1991 and became a bestselling author with his autobiography Chopper: From the Inside. Chopper's adventures, however, were far from over.
The smart money said that Chopper would be the first to go in any underworld war but the smart money was wrong. He vowed to outlive his enemies and write their epitaphs and he did so, predicting who would be killed long before the assassins' gunswere loaded.
Only Chopper would live to tell the tale, with Last Man Standing the final instalment of his series of morbidly funny and often brutal memoirs.
How to Shoot Friends and Influence People, Mark Brandon 'Chopper' Read's third book, was written behind bars as Chopper faced life in prison for a shooting he claimed he didn't commit. For this book, Chopper obtained confidential and extensive prison files relating to him under the Freedom of Information Act. These included psychological assessments, plus prison classification and discipline records. They provide a fascinating insight into how this maverick criminal dealt with the prison system over two decades.
Featuring the infamous story of Tanya and Eddy, Chopper's coming-of-age yarn from his 18th birthday, plus reflections on the end of his long-term relationship and what it's like to be the most famous author-in-residence at Risdon Prison, this third volume of his memoirs contains more tales of the criminal underworld told in Chopper's unique style.
Including stories about drinking with Bob Hawke, Chopper's reflections on the closing of the infamous H-Division section of Pentridge Jail, his unique take on race relations, sex and relationships, For the Term of His Unnatural Life gives more fascinating insight into the mind and life of one of Australia's most notorious criminals, and what daily life behind bars in maximum security prison is actually like.
Bleakly funny, brutal and disturbingly true, Chopper's memoirs have become international bestsellers and made him one of Australia's most famous – or infamous – names.
Mark "Chopper" Read is over fifty years old and has spent almost half that time in prison. He is a man who knows the Australian prison system better than any other. He knows how the definitive school of hard knocks turns juvenile delinquents into hardened criminals. How it feels to be thrust into a world of violent psychopaths and be changed, irrevocably, into the worst of their number.
He also knows how it feels to get stabbed (a massive punch with a cold pin in the middle). How it feels to lose your ears to a prison-issue razor blade (a gurgling sound like a little brook). How it feels to fight, maim and mutilate to stay alive. And what it means when that way of life no longer makes sense.
This book is Chopper's redemption. It is the real story of the man, the criminal and the prisoner, told with black humour and surprising insight.
Buried bodies, buried guns, buried money and buried truths. Only one man who's been on the inside tells it like it is about the Australian hit men, bikie wars and drug syndicates. While his peers suffered violent deaths, Chopper outlived them all to give the real story.
This is the life of the standover man who went from ex-con to national icon.
The Popcorn Gangster tells of the psychology of fear and the Calabrian contract straight from former street fighter and now bestselling author, Mark Brandon 'Chopper' Read.
In all den Jahren, die er nun schon als Literaturschaffender einem künstlerischen Ideal hinterher jagte, an dessen Existenz er zunehmend weniger glaubte, in denen er von Wohnung zu Wohnung zog, in Fernsehsendungen auftrat und einem Lebensstil frönte, den er selbst "hedonistisch" nannte, war Stein nur in wenigen Momenten der Klarheit eine Erkenntnis gekommen wie die, die ihn in diesem Augenblick traf: Er hatte eine ganz besondere Frau getroffen. Eine, für die es sich lohnte, Grenzen zu überschreiten.
"Willst du noch was?", fragte er in die Stille hinein. "Falls nicht, würde ich vorschlagen, wir ziehen noch ein bisschen um die Häuser. Was meinst du?"
For more than 25 years Mark Brandon 'Chopper' Read preyed on Australia's underbelly. Chopper was the criminal all other criminals feared, a toecutter who extorted protection money from rich drug dealers while holding them at gunpoint. An ex-convict, rapper and bestselling author, Chopper is one of Australia's most controversial public figures.
In No Tears for a Tough Guy, Chopper once again presents a selection of his short stories featuring his trademark style and the authenticity that only comes from real life experience.
Featuring his stories 'A Great Day for a Shoot 'em Up', 'Taking Care of Business' and 'No Tears for a Tough Guy', this collection gives an even greater insight into the mind of the most infamous criminal in Australia.