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Hooky the Cripple
By Mark 'Chopper' Read, Adam Cullen

HOOKY THE CRIPPLE is a dark and violent tale for our times. Set in 16th century Italy, it tells the story of a young hunchback who, persecuted beyond endurance, fights back against his tormentor and then must face the grim consequences.

With striking illustrations by Adam Cullen, Mark 'Chopper' Read's tale will shock, amuse and inspire.

Adam Cullen won the Archibald Prize in 2000 and has recently been listed as one of Australia's top ten collectable artists. His work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Australia, New Zealand, France, Belgium, Switzerland and Spain, and was included in the 25th Sao Paulo Biennale in Brazil, 2002. He work is represented by Yuill/Crowley-Sydney.

The notorious Mark Brandon Read is one of Australia's biggest-selling authors. His first book 'Chopper: From the Inside' was published in 1991. This book and the subsequent eight books published in the 'Chopper' series have all been reprinted at least once. Moreover, Read's books inspired one of the most critically and commercially successful Australian films in the past decade - 'Chopper' (2000). 'Hooky the Cripple' is his first fairytale.

'A jazzed-up Aesop's fable' Sydney Morning Herald

'... new book looks set to stir controversy.' The Bulletin

'Chopper's book approved.' The Courier Mail

'In a loose sense, it's autobiographical...' The Australian

'Mark Read is a natural storyteller...' Herald Sun

"It is a curiously poetic little book, a fine balance between mawkish tragedy, revenge thriller and ironic courtroom drama." The Age

ISBN: 1864031654

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