It was meant to be a holiday. A fun-filled break to a tropical paradise to celebrate a sister's birthday. But for Schapelle Corby it ended up a waking nightmare. She was arrested at Denpasar airport after 4.2 kilograms of marijuana was found in her boogie-board bag. Schapelle had become the real-life victim of every traveller's darkest fear - drugs had been placed in her bag after she checked it in. Though completely innocent, she was forced to face the consequences of someone else's crime in a country where the penalties for drug smuggling are among the harshest in the world. Her trial and conviction became one of the biggest stories of the decade in Australia, and the entire nation watched in horror as she was sentenced to twenty years in jail. Yet despite the huge media coverage, the one voice we never properly heard was Schapelle's herself. Now, in this searing and utterly compelling book, she tells her own story: of being wrenched from a carefree holiday into a stinking police cell, of an alien legal system where her attempts to prove herself innocent were thwarted at every turn, and of learning to survive - day by terrible day - in the squalor, discomfort and violence of a third-world jail. Schapelle's story is an account like no other - of a young woman experiencing the unimaginable, and enduring the unendurable with courage, strength and humour. It is simply the most unforgettable book you'll ever read.
A really excellent read, the Schapelle Corby case has always fascinated me, and reading about her life before, during and after her trial and sentencing in Bali makes me 100% sure that Schapelle is innocent. To read about everything she has been through, including the harsh Bali media picking at every single aspect of her trial, and the horrible conditions she must endure every day at Kerobokan Prison made my heart break as it really is something you wouldn't wish anyone to experience. This book will shock, surprise and stay with you long after you've finished the last page
A captivating read for anyone interested in this international news story, or simply anyone interested in questions of justice, human rights, and ethics on an international scale. The story of Schapelle Corby's incarceration is interesting not only to gain another perspective on what has happened to her, but furthermore, to see the conditions that hundreds of others are likewise subjected to.
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