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This international best-seller takes you deep into the world of Bali’s biggest western cocaine bosses, many who started trafficking  simply to pay for their surfing lifestyles. Kathryn gained unique access to Bali’s drug dealers who reveal intimate details of their decadent lives – the orgies, the extravagance, the cash, the highs of a ‘goal’ – getting the drugs through, as well as the fear and paranoia, and consequences – two of those interviewed have been executed. It also gives a look at the dark side of paradise that tourists don’t see when they’re laying poolside with a drink. But scratch the surface and this holiday and surfing Mecca is much more than it seems.

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 ride through the bizarre and violent Kerobokan prison in Bali’s trendy tourist district. Outside the jail’s dirty walls it’s beaches and five-star luxury, it’s five minutes from Hotel K to the W Hotel,  inside it’s a weird kind of hell.

“. . . 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 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.

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