Sins of the Father: The untold story behind Schapelle Corby’s ill-fated drug run by Eamonn Duff

by |November 9, 2011

The story behind Australia’s most famous drug case

Controversial findings about the most polarising criminal case since Azaria Chamberlain’s murder trial.

A reckless father, his dark past, an Adelaide drug trafficker and the Gold Coast beauty school dropout who kept her mouth shut. This is the explosive untold story of Schapelle Corby and how she took the rap for her father’s drug syndicate.

The result of a three year investigation, Sins of the Father returns to the beginning of Australia’s most famous drug case, to a time when nobody had ever heard the name Schapelle Corby. Finally, the missing pieces of the jigsaw fall into place as we are led, step by step, through the important weeks, days and hours leading up to her dramatic arrest.

Shedding new light on her long-held claims of innocence, this is the book Schapelle’s army of supporters do not want you to read.

Eamonn Duff has been a journalist for more than twenty years. As a senior investigative journalist at Fairfax for over a decade, he has broken many major stories in areas as diverse as sport, crime, politics and national security.

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While still in his twenties, John Purcell opened a second-hand bookshop in Mosman, Sydney, in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Since then he has written, under a pseudonym, a series of very successful novels, interviewed hundreds of writers about their work, appeared at writers’ festivals, on TV (most bizarrely in comedian Luke McGregor’s documentary Luke Warm Sex) and has been featured in prominent newspapers and magazines. ​Now, as the Director of Books at, Australia’s largest online bookseller, he supports Australian writing in all its forms. He lives in Sydney with his wife, two children, three dogs, five cats, unnumbered gold fish and his overlarge book collection. His novel, The Girl on the Page, will be published by HarperCollins Australia in October, 2018.

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  • Jennifer

    December 5, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    I found this book to be very boring and at times hard to follow.
    It is based on a convicted criminal’s allegations about a dead man which did not sit well with me. Reads like it is very one sided and the Corby family have not had any reply to the allegations.
    Didn’t make sense to me and not worth the read..

  • Aussie expat in Bali

    December 5, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    I found the book to be quite believable… because of much of the information coming from criminals… let’s face it… the average law-biding citizen would not be in a position to know. I understand the delay in releasing the book due to re-writes to protect the author and publisher mean’t that it was released after the father’s death… unfortunate that he could not respond and / or be prosecuted if the story is true. The part in the book that I found most objectionable was the way the family profited from their crime and most likely will continue to including from the brother who was just arrested a 2nd time for home invasion…. his character lending even more believablity to the story… but each to their own opinion.

  • Bali Tim

    December 18, 2011 at 3:19 am

    A friend brought this over to Bali so I had a skim. Nothing really solid backs up the allegations in the book other then a couple of dead beats giving stories that don’t add up. The fact that the book was realeased after Mick Corby died is also dodgy.
    Bali justice system is not fair and very corrupt and this is something every one in this county knows. I still think there is a chance that the girl didn’t do it so this book to me seemed more like a group of people trying to make a quick buck using a dead man.
    So my recommendation is don’t bother with reading it

  • James

    January 2, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    For me this book made a whole lot of sense in just about every aspect. A lot of investigative work obviously went into this and I commend the author. Thoroughly recommended. I could not put it down right from the first page.

    • Aussie expat in Bali

      January 2, 2012 at 10:12 pm

      I agree James… a VERY believable book, well written and documented.

  • October 3, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    The book is a crock of shite! Defaming a dead man because the law in Australia is “Dead men can’t sue” But the living family can

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