Author(s): Deborah Cassrels; Deborah Cassrels
Behind the tourist veneer of Bali and greater Indonesia: a foreign correspondent's memoir
A year after the 2005 Bali bomb atrocities, journalist Deborah Cassrels found herself on an odyssey to the Indonesian resort island grappling with her own existential crisis. Instead, she catapulted into a posting as Bali's first foreign correspondent for The Australian newspaper, covering events in Indonesia.
Gods and Demons is not only about the joy of a new journey, the surprises and relationships made along the way. It's about mystery, power, corruption, violence, loss and unnecessary death. From the newly jailed, reeling Bali Nine drug gang and the gruesome executions of their condemned bosses, to stories of shackled people, infamous terrorists, powerful tycoons and lavish royal celebrations, Cassrels lifts the lid on the underbelly of the mystical Hindu paradise and vast archipelago in which all is not as it seems.