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Notorious criminal Mark "Chopper" Read today dared authorities to ban his latest book in which an annoying butcher is stabbed 21 times in the head. At a launch in Sydney today, the year-old described Hooky the Cripple as an attack on political correctness and said it was just an "old Aesop fable".
Chopper's book tells the story of a hunchback who is so enraged by a butcher's bullying that he stabs him 21 times in the head. Chopper, convicted for armed robberies, assaults and other violent crimes, was released from prison in and has since reinvented himself as a successful author. AccessEd, the Queensland government body which reviews educational resources, has recommended Hooky the Cripple for secondary schools. The book was based on Aesop's Fables, if someone is pushed so far, they will eventually retaliate, he said.
The book's publishers, Pluto Press, have marketed the work as "a dark and violent tale for our times". Chopper said he and illustrator, Archibald Prize winner Adam Cullen, would destroy political correctness.
Chopper dismissed the calls and said the Family Association would think the childrens' story of Humpty Dumpty was a crime against eggs. Chopper urges ban of his book. The Sydney Morning Herald. Aesop's fables are known for their timeless wisdom and gentle moral messages. His story inspired the hit film Chopper , starring Eric Bana.
But the book was banned at a Victorian school last month. Chopper used today's launch to hit back at critics, urging people to ban his book. And AccessEd said the book was a suitable text for upper secondary English.
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Chopper urges ban of his book