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Kathryn gained unique access to Bali’s biggest western cocaine bosses who started trafficking simply to pay for their surfing lifestyle in paradise. She tells their story in this racy international best seller.

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.

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Hotel Kerobokan is an in depth rollercoaster ride through the bizarre and violent Kerobokan prison in Bali’s trendy tourist district. Outside the jail’s dirty white walls it’s beaches and glamorous five-star luxury, inside it’s a weird kind of hell.

International bestseller  Hotel K is Kathryn’s second book, inspired by the months she spent in Kerobokan Prison researching her first book, Schapelle Corby My Story, and hundreds of new interviews with prisoners including the King of Denpasar, Gordon Ramsay’s brother Ronnie, Laskar gang members, Brazilian surfers and many more.

“. . . an insightful and sharply observed account of life inside Indonesia’s most notorious prison. Bonella casts a cool journalistic eye over some horrific events.”

Sun Herald

These drug running playboys travel the globe: they 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.

Schapelle corby book

The first of Kathryn’s best-selling trilogy, the number 1 bestseller  Schapelle Corby My Story [ internationally titled “No More Tomorrows” ] and co-written with Schapelle, a 27-year-old Australian beauty school student. Schapelle was sentenced to 20 years in Bali’s notorious Kerobokan jail for trafficking 4.2 kilos of marijuana from Australia to Bali in her body board bag – a crime she has always denied. Her story is unique and captured Australia, turning her into a household name.

“Schapelle’s story is like no other – a young woman experiencing the unimaginable, and enduring the unendurable with courage, strength and humour.”


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 ranging from Schapelle Corby’s bust and 20-year sentence, a trip back to Bali six months after the nightclub bombings with 12 survivors, Princess Mary’s wedding in Copenhagen, controversy on orthodontists ruining faces with braces, and many more.

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