Snowing in Bali
This international bestseller takes you deep inside the world of Bali’s biggest western cocaine bosses, many who started trafficking simply to pay for their surfing lifestyles. Kathryn gained unique access and the bosses reveal intimate details of their decadent lives from orgies with models to jetting to Paris or Rio for a party, Amsterdam for a deal or Bali for a surf, and the drug game. It takes with them on on their highs and their lows; two of those Kathryn interviewed have been executed by firing squad. This book also exposes the dark side of the surfing Mecca. You will never look at Bali the same way again.
"A graphic insight into the hidden world of Bali’s top western cocaine bosses. With unprecedented access into their lives author Kathryn Bonella charts their rise to incredible wealth and power… [and] also follows many to the depths of hell when they are busted."
‘I was always a kind of pirate. If I have my clothes and money, I can go anywhere and adapt myself.’
– Jorge, drug boss / surfer & always ready to run
Read more about him in Operation Playboy.
From Europe to Bali to Rio - these surfers/drug dealers ski in Europe, surf in Bali, hook up with celebrity models and live in five-star hotels. They are 24/7 party boys with brass balls, steely nerves and reckless ambitions. They pay for their high-risk, hedonistic lifestyle by trafficking cocaine, ecstasy and marijuana on international flights and through the world’s biggest airports. The adrenaline-pumping story of the world’s most audacious drug runners and the police hunt, ‘Operation Playboy’, to track them down. But to ride the wave you have to roll the dice. And in this game a bust means prison – or even a firing squad. A Brazilian cop is watching closely, determined to close the net. With a small team, he battles corrupt colleagues and bent judges to learn the secrets of the playboys and bring about their downfall.
Hotel Kerobokan will take you on a ride through Bali's notorious jail. From the violent to the bizarre to the hilarious, the book will show you what it likes inside the walls of this jail in the heart of Bali's tourist district. It's just five minutes from Hotel K to the W Hotel. Outside the dirty walls it's beaches and five-star holidays; but for those inside it's a weird kind of hell, and for the surfers far worse, knowing some of the best waves are just outside the door.
“. . . an insightful and sharply observed account of life inside Indonesia’s most notorious prison. Bonella casts a cool journalistic eye over some horrific events.”
Schapelle Corby My Story (No More Tomorrows)
The no.1 best seller, first released in 2006, has been revised and updated. Schapelle Corby was a 27-year-old Australian beauty school student, when she went on a holiday to Bali, and was arrested at Denpasar airport with 4.2 kilos of marijuana in her body board bag. She was sentenced to 20 years in Hotel K. In this update edition Schapelle tells in her own words of her her mental illness, suicide attempts, and finally her release and return home. Her story is unique and has captured Australia for more than fifteen years.
After graduating in journalism from RMIT University in Melbourne Kathryn covered stories across the globe for both television and print. She spent five years in Sydney for 60 Minutes, producing stories including; Schapelle Corby’s bust in Bali and 20-year sentence; the Bali bombings; Princess Mary’s wedding in Copenhagen, orthodontists and dentists bitter feud over ruining faces with braces and many more.