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My Story: Schapelle Corby: Revised Paperback – 29 October 2019
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With her bestselling books making a splash internationally, Kathryn Bonella, bestselling writer of true crime kindle, paperback and audible books, has established a global fan base. Her true crime books focussing on Bali, drug smuggling, surfing and Brazil have become compulsory reading for many surfers and travellers, especially those who travel to Bali and Brazil.
Kathryn studied as a journalist at RMIT in Melbourne, moved to London to freelance for print and TV, then returned to Australia in 2000 to produce for 60 Minutes.
It was a true crime story about a 27-year-old Australian beauty school student, Schapelle Corby, being arrested at Bali international airport with kilos of marijuana in her boogie-board bag that spring-boarded Kathryn from journalist to bestselling organised crime author. After covering the story for 60 Minutes, Kathryn was offered the chance to co-write Schapelle's autobiography, Schapelle Corby: My Story, with Schapelle. It went straight to number one.
Since then Kathryn has written three more international true crime bestsellers: Hotel Kerobokan, internationally titled Hotel K, which blew the lid off the notorious Bali jail; Snowing in Bali, a true life crime thriller about the island's cocaine dealers; and Operation Playboy, the adrenaline-pumping true crime story of surfers trafficking drugs across the globe and the international police chase for the organised crime gang.
In 2019, Kathryn and Schapelle updated My Story, 13 years after releasing the original.
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Its very well written and I would highly recommend it to others. I have read it over 2 days, couldnt put it down!
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Some parts though, the obviously less direct ones, resemble not so much genuine attempts to tell "Her Story" as to spin others for other reasons beyond the prison walls, particularly those dealing with her lawyer/financier at the time. They're not particularly well-written, and they must all be regarded with suspicion, anyhow. The motive of people are both fine and infinite.
More interesting is the detailed descriptions (apparently narrated by Corby) concerning the events that led to her arrest and incarceration in the first place. Not as manipulative-sounding as the rest. The "true" story, or, the story Corby wishes the public to perceive as "true," however you want to view it. In any case, it has the specifics of what we want -- the who, what, where, why. And from then, we can think about it ourselves: is she telling the truth? And if she is, how horrible. And if she is not, how horrible.
My personal opinion after reading it was that too much was left out of her version for it to be convincing, but that is another thing that is beside the point. I am not interested in the case because of its guilt/innocence aspect, but because here we have a human life utterly destroyed (hopefully it will one day recover) because it has been found guilty of a non-crime and punished beyond all bounds of reasonable human logic. There are major corporations in America today producing by the case far more lethal and societally harmful products than could have been contained in a dozen Corby "boogie boards" whose CEOs get not prison terms, but profits.
Even if she were guilty as charged, the punishment is what I object to. The ultimate absurdity of it. And one government trying to prove a point to another by wiping away two decades of a young woman's life. The hideous sadness of it, no matter what was in that bag or who knew about it.
I don't like the last portions of the book. Very deceitful, too much left out, too many pointedly unasked questions.
It's four stars because of the first part, which engaged me.