Chopper 3: Hell Hath No Fury Like a Mate Shot in the Arse
‘Crims and screws agree on one thing: that the people who run prisons wouldn’t know if a tram was up them unless you rang the bell.’
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.
Mark Brandon Read remains one of Australia’s most controversial public figures. An ex-convict, author and celebrity, he was also a recording and performance artist. He died after a long battle with liver cancer in 2013.