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Read, Mark Brandon 1954-2013

Overview
Works: 82 works in 226 publications in 6 languages and 2,571 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Drama  Prison films  Film adaptations  Action and adventure films  History  Documentary television programs  Fiction  Gangster films  Anecdotes 
Roles: Author, Bibliographic antecedent
Classifications: PN1997, 364.1092
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Chopper by Mark Brandon Read( Book )

9 editions published between 1997 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

" ... The no-holds barred story of the notorious Oz criminal 'Chopper' Read. Told in flashback as Read serves one of his many prison sentences, this extreme biography charts the brutal carnage and wicked sense of humour of a man who allegedly committed nineteen vicious murders and got away with it." [box cover note]
Chopper by Andrew Dominik( Visual )

16 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in English and French and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"I'm just a bloody normal bloke. A normal bloke who likes a bit of torture," says Mark "Chopper" Read. Read is one of Australia's best-selling authors, in part because before he became an author, he was one of Australia's most brutal stand-over men. "Chopper" tells his story with a kind of fascinated horror, a study of the mystique of criminal notoriety, and portrait of a cunning, ruthless killer who is a legend in his own mind. In prison, Chopper is a composed, dynamic, lean survival machine. Out in the real world, Chopper is a going-to-seed paranoiac prone to uncontrollable rages. But this enigmatic criminal exudes charismatic bravado as he plays the raconteur, and the larger-than-life anti-hero he imagines himself to be. If it seems like the universe of "Chopper" Read is the wrong way round, it may be because the film does not designate a point of view from which to observe him. Celebrity, killer, or maniac--it's your call
Chopper by Mark Brandon Read( Book )

2 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mark Brandon Read, known to most as Chopper, just can't escape his lifestyle as Australia's most deadly criminal. His fearsome reputation precedes him and he has a famous underworld status. This is the fifth installment of his tales. Here, he hilariously recalls stories of crimes, hitmen, drug syndicates and gang wars
Hooky the cripple : the grim tale of a hunchback who triumphs by Mark Brandon Read( Book )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The blowtorch trilogy by Mark Brandon Read( Book )

2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chopper unchopped by Mark Brandon Read( )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A bullet in the head is worth two in the chamber by Mark Brandon Read( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains tales of violence which are based on the author's experience in the underworld
The adventures of Rumsley Rumsfelt by Mark Brandon Read( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chopper 2 : hits and memories by Mark Brandon Read( Book )

2 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Underworld executioner Mark Brandon 'Chopper' Read was released from Pentridge Prison in November, 1991. vowing never to return. He became a bizarre celebrity as his autobiography Chopper Form The Inside became a bestseller. Six months later he was back in jail writing his secon volume of memoirs. This is it. -- back cover
The road to nowhere by Mark Brandon Read( Recording )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book is about my journey through the Australian prison system. You'll have heard a few of these stories before, but not like this. It's a step-by-step history of my twenty three years behind bars; what day to day life was really like in jail, what I did to survive and why I'll never go back. It's not a nice story. I was not a nice prisoner..."--Container
Chopper five pulp-faction : revenge of the rabbit kisser and other jailhouse stories by Mark Brandon Read( Book )

2 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chopper: from the inside by Mark Brandon Read( )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Apart from Irish whiskey, good cigars, Pontiac motor cars, and a pistol grip baby .410 shotgun with solid load shells, what I love the most is kidnapping smartarse gangsters and taking their money. To the human filth I have bashed, belted, iron barred, axed, shot, stabbed, knee capped, set on fire and driven to their graves, I can only quote from the motto of the French Foreign Legion, 'Je Ne Regrette Rien' ... I regret nothing. Mark Brandon 'Chopper' Read is the son of a strict Seventh Day Adventist mother and a shell-shocked soldier who slept with a loaded gun at his side. Bullied at school, he grew up dreaming of revenge, determined to be the toughest and hardest of them all. He became a criminal legend who terrorised drug dealers, pimps, thieves and armed robbers on the streets and in jail - but boasts he never hurt an innocent member of the public. This first volume of Chopper's memoirs, written from inside jail, tells the story of his early life of crime - from streetfighter to standover man, gunman to long-term prisoner. Chopper: From the Inside is laced with his trademark brutal humour, and gives us a gripping insight into Australia's underworld
Chopper : from the inside by Mark Brandon Read( )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'Apart from Irish whiskey, good cigars, Pontiac motor cars, and a pistol grip baby .410 shotgun with solid load shells, what I love the most is kidnapping smartarse gangsters and taking their money.' Mark Brandon Chopper Read is the son of a strict Seventh Day Adventist mother and a shell-shocked former soldier who slept with a loaded gun at his side. Bullied at school, he grew up dreaming of revenge. He became a criminal legend who terrorised drug dealers, pimps, thieves and armed robbers on the streets and in jail, but boasts he never hurt an innocent member of the public
No turning back by Mark Brandon Read( Book )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chopper 2 : hits and memories by Mark Brandon Read( )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It was just after dawn on Thursday, November 14, 1991. The hatch on the cell door slid back. I could see the screw's face through the slit. I've seen better heads on a pig dog, but this time I could have kissed him. 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 shoplifted 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
One thing led to another by Mark Brandon Read( Recording )

2 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One Thing Led To Another is the real story of the man behind the tattoos, the scars and the most famous missing ears in Australia. It is an utterly compelling insight into our most notorious, most recognisable and most fascinating criminal. Never get too close to anyone, because you might have to kill them. Meet Mark "Chopper" Read. You think you know him. His books have sold hundreds of thousands of copies in Australia. He's been the subject of an internationally successful film. His one-man shows have toured Australia to sell-out crowds. He's the most recognisable criminal brand name in Australia. But the truth is, you don't know him at all. Toe-cutter. Blowtorch aficionado. Killer. Husband. Father. Children's author. Stand-up comedian. The real Chopper has been an enigma - until now, that is. This is the definitive Chopper story. From his strange, tortured childhood, to the formative years as a young gang member and developing criminal, to his decades in and out of prison in Victoria and Tasmania, to his friends and enemies, and his crimes and punishments, this book gives us the true stories that lie behind the Chopper myths, as well as the stories he's never revealed before
Kate Ceberano, Mark 'Chopper' Read( Visual )

2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Andrew Denton talks to Kate Cebrano and Mark 'Chopper' Read
Chopper 5 - dont go breaking my legs by Mark Brandon Read( Book )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Chopper 9 : some don't like it hot by Mark Brandon Read( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

In his ninth collection of outrageous exploits, Mark Brandon Read draws on three decades of real-life violence and gunplay with characteristic black humour in a series of jailhouse stories that will make you laugh and wince in equal measure
Chopper 7 : the singing defective by Mark Brandon Read( Book )

2 editions published between 1997 and 2013 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Featuring examples of Chopper's poetry and fiction, The Singing Defective is a prime example of why Chopper enjoys such success in Australia's literary scene
 
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Chopper
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ChopperHooky the cripple : the grim tale of a hunchback who triumphsThe blowtorch trilogyA bullet in the head is worth two in the chamberChopper five pulp-faction : revenge of the rabbit kisser and other jailhouse storiesChopper: from the insideChopper 5 - dont go breaking my legsChopper 9 : some don't like it hotChopper 7 : the singing defective
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