Mayhem by Matthew Thompson

154 x 233 x 30mm

Declared by Underbelly author John Silvester to be 'one of the most dangerous men in Australia', bank-robber, jail-breaker and incorrigible livewire Christopher 'Badness' Binse is now serving a crushing eighteen years in isolation. The once cocky outlaw who reaped hundreds of thousands of dollars in daring heists, who broke out of two prisons in six weeks, who romanced the daughter of a Great Bookie Robber and who, as the most wanted man in Australia, was photographed in a grinning selfie with an unwitting Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen, now craves death. Should Binse survive his sentence, he will emerge as a senior citizen and long-estranged father who has spent almost 45 years in prison. The ever-expanding realisation that this fleeting life has been a monstrous failure has overwhelmed Binse, a charming rogue and Australian folk hero akin to Ned Kelly or Billy the Kid.
The only possible sliver of redemption he sees lies in opening his soul and his story to author Matthew Thompson in the hope that another wild child out there, another boy or girl on the edge, will learn from his tragedy and pull back in time. This is the jaw-dropping, funny yet devastating inside-story of how Binse pulled off escapes, the manic reality of life as a desperado, and the heart-rending family history without which the tale makes little sense.

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