Hotel K: The Shocking Inside Story of Bali's Most Notorious Jail

Hotel K: The Shocking Inside Story of Bali's Most Notorious Jail

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By (author) Kathryn Bonella

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  • Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 22mm | 259g
  • Publication date: 2 February 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0857382691
  • ISBN 13: 9780857382696
  • Illustrations note: 8pp colour plate section
  • Sales rank: 1,351

Product description

Welcome to Hotel Kerobokan, or Hotel K, Bali's most notorious jail. Its walls touch paradise; sparkling oceans, surf beaches and palm trees on one side, while on the other it's a dark, bizarre and truly frightening underworld of sex, drugs, violence and squalor. Hotel K's filthy and disease ridden cells have been home to the infamous and the tragic: a Balinese King, Gordon Ramsay's brother, Muslim terror bombers, beautiful women tourists and surfers from across the globe. Petty thieves share cells with killers, rapists, and gangsters. Hardened drug traffickers sleep alongside unlucky tourists, who've seen their holiday turn from paradise to hell over one ecstasy pill. Hotel K is the shocking inside story of the jail and its inmates, revealing the wild 'sex nights' organised by corrupt guards for the prisoners who have cash to pay, the jail's ecstasy factory, the killings made to look like suicides, the days out at the beach, the escapes and the corruption that means anything is for sale - including a fully catered Italian jail wedding, or a luxury cell upgrade with a Bose sound system. The truth about the dark heart of Bali explodes off the page.

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Author information

Kathryn Bonella lived in London for several years, freelancing for numerous English and American television programmes, magazines and newspapers. She returned to Australia in 2000 to work as a full-time TV producer. She moved to Bali in 2005 to research and write Shapelle Corby's bestselling autobiography, My Story.

Customer reviews

By forster 18 Sep 2013 5

If you like to be drawn right into the dark corners of a jail and feel like you are living in the moment and inside the jail, then I highly recommend this book. I rarely write reviews but felt compelled to spread the word about this book. It is obviously well researched with many prisoners giving their stories as well as local Indonesian newspaper quotes confirming everything that goes on from the rampant sex and drugs to the corruption. Im now recommending it to all my friends. Also if you have a teenager who might be thinking of partying in bali this will be a good deterrent or risking the use of drugs. Most inmates are inside hotel k for drugs. its definitely not a five star hotel, but it's a five star book!!!

By Alex Byers 10 Jul 2013 5

This is just as good as author's other two books. Loved Snowing in Bali also about Bali's drug bosses. Both great reads.

By dennis 18 Apr 2013 5

One of the best books Ive read in a long time, along with Bonella's other book Snowing in Bali. She has an easy writing style that makes you want to keep reading and not put the books down. Both this and snowing in bali are eye openers and I highly recommend, even to those who do not read much. They're well written and absolutely fascinating.

Table of contents

Author's note. Foreword: For One Night Only. Welcome to Hotel Kerobokan. Thomas. The Headless Corpse. The Great Escape. Let's Play. No Star to Five Star. Touching Paradise. The Women's Block. The Blue Room. Plasticine Guards. Terrorists and the King Check In. The Dealers. Rolling the Dice. Animal Farm. With Friends Like These. An Eye for an Eye. Sex on the Beach. Raids. Kerobokan Crew. Room 13. No More Tomorrows. Operation Transfer. Where Are They Now? Acknowledgements.