HOTEL K is the ironic nickname given to Kerobokan Jail, Bali’s most notorious prison.
Home to some violent and dangerous criminals as well as petty crooks, Hotel K has housed everyone from the Bali Bombers to Gordon Ramsay’s druggie brother Ronnie.
Kathryn Bonella leaves no stone unturned in her exploration of the history of this jail. But with all the sex, drugs and violence, you sometimes feel as if Hotel K is unwittingly glamorising a seedy underworld, where everything can be bought.
With descriptions sometimes almost TOO shocking, it paints a vivid picture of the horrors faced by the inmates on a daily basis. (Quercus $13.99)