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Saturday, April 16, 2011
Review: Jennifer Hough

Kathryn Bonella

Quercus €12.99, eBook (price unavailable)

IN 2005, 27 year-old Schapelle Corby was sentenced to 20 years in an Indonesian prison for smuggling 4.2kg of marijuana into Bali.

Despite her unwavering pleas of innocence, the beautician from Australia’s Gold Coast, is serving out her time in the notorious Kerobokan prison, where she will remain until 2024.

Kathryn Bonella, an Australian journalist living in London, moved to Bali in 2005 to research and write Corby’s autobiography, which became a bestseller. While she was there, she came into contact with a host of other tragic inmates who spend miserable lives in the rat-infested “Hotel K”.

In her follow up book, Bonella tells these stories and that of the prison where hanging, murders, corruption, paid-for sex and widespread drug abuse are everyday.

A fascinating insight into the prison, Hotel K includes shocking testimonies and black humour.

Read more:


Dark Heart of Bali: Irish Times review of Hotel K