Books and Stories about Bali
Bali Daze – Freefall off the Tourist Trail
by Cat Wheeler (2009)
Cat has written a regular column called Greenspeak in the Bali Advertiser since 2001 in which shes intelligently explores many of Bali’s issues. Her book is a collection of the best of these stories chronicling her adventures during a decade of adapting to life in Bali.
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Under the Volcano
by Cameron Forbes (2007)
If you read just one book on Bali before or during your trip, make it this popular history book. Written in a compelling style and traversing a vast array of subjects relevant to Bali today, this will open your eyes to Bali’s history and the current challenges communities here face.
A House in Bali
by Colin McPhee (1980)
Musicologist McPhee came to Bali to document gamelan music and this book tells of his time on the island. Includes memorable descriptions of Bali in the 1930s.
Island of Bali
by Miguel Covarrubias (1937)
Originally published in 1937, this book is perhaps unexpectedly readable even if occasionally hysterical and still rings true today. Covarrabias and his wife lived in Bali over two stretches of time, and the book relates the island’s history, arts and rich culture.
A Short History of Bali: Indonesia’s Hindu Realm
by Robert Pringle (2004)
This is a drier introductory historical text for Bali. While it is heavier going than some of the other books, it gives the reader a solid grounding in the history of island from the Bronze Age through to Megawati’s presidency.
A Tale from Bali
by Vicki Baum (1937)
This slightly dry historical novel is based on the events leading up to the 1906 puputan in Denpasar. Though it’s now decades old, much remains relevant to today and it offers an interesting insight into a pivotal period in Bali’s history.
Fragrant Rice: My Continuing Love Affair with Bali
by Janet de Neefe (2003)
The memoir of an Australian restaurateur who married a Balinese man and raised four children here, this is another easy-read introduction to the culture of the island — with recipes.
A Little Bit One O’clock: Living with a Balinese Family
by William Ingram (1998)
The author tells of his time spent with a Balinese family, revealing the way ties bind relatives together on the island while also narrating his own cultural journey.
UBUD IS A MOOD
by Leonard Lueras (designer) and contributers such as Tara and Odeck Ariawan, Rucina Ballinger, Jamie James, Goenawan Mohamad, James Murdoch, Stefan Reisner, Andy Toth and Cody and Lynn Shwaiko.
BALI SEKALA AND NISKALA VOL 1-
Essays on Religion and Art
BALI: A PARADISE CREATED
TRANCE AND POSSESSION IN BALI
THE BALINESE PEOPLE
RING OF FIRE An Indonesian Odyssey by Lawrence Blair with Lorne Blair
SECRETS OF BALI
New Light on the Morning of the World by Jonathon Copeland and Ni Wayan Murni
BALI’S EARLY DAYSA SHORT HISTORY OF BALI Indonesia’s Hindu Realm by Robert Pringle
by Dr. A.A. Gde Putra Agung
Lively Account of the Island’s History from Early Times to the 1970’s by Willard A. Hanna Introduction by Adrian Vickers
COVARRUBIAS IN BALI
by Adriana Williams and Yu-Chee Chong
BALI EYE ON INDONESIA:
An Intimate look at Indonesia’s ‘Isle of the Gods’ and it’s outreach to other special places. Edited By: Leonard Lueras
THE WISDOM OF BALI
by Anand Krishna
BALI: ART, RITUAL, PERFORMANCE
by Natasha Reichle
BALI INSPIRES The Rudana Art Collection by Jean Couteau
BALI DAZE Freefall Off The Tourist Trail
(previously published as Dragons in the Bath) by Cat Wheeler
THE PAINTED ALPHABET
by Diana Darling
STREET FOODS OF BALI
by Heinz von Holzen
STEP BY STEP COOKING: BALINESE
by Heinz von Holzen
MOZAIC French Cuisine, Balinese Flavours
by Chris Salans
KAIN BEBALI/SACRED COTH: Meaning and usage in Balinese HIndu Rituals by Ida Ayu Ngurah Puniari
OGOH-OGOH: Balinese Monsters by Tamarra Kaida
LOVE AND DEATH IN BALI
by Vicki Baum with a new foreward by Nigel Barley
RUDOLF SCHMIDT – A Voyage From Europe to the Far East by Roland Held
A LITERARY MIRROR : Balinese reflections on modernity and identity in the twentieth century by I Nyoman Darma Putra
BALI WITH KIDS Families’ Guidebook for Babies to Teenagers by Laetitia Knight & Philippe Pero
BALI HOME Inspirational Design Ideas
by Kim Inglis
Bali is an island paradise that inspires countless dreams of tropical beaches, exotic people and gorgeous views. More than just an increasingly popular tourist destination, Bali is also a global leader in tropical design, showcased in all its glory in Bali Home. Covering over 100 homes, garden estates, hotels, restaurants and more, this book gives a tantalizing glimpse of the latest design trends coming out of Bali. Full-colour photography, both of decorative details and architectural concepts, is accompanied by an insightful text that gives attainable interior design tips to tropical dream seekers.
NEW REGIONALISM IN BALI ARCHITECTURE
by Popo Danes
Danes is recognized as one of the leading Architects in Bali today. His work is a blend of art and spiritual architecture with a sensitivity that is hard to surpass. This book is packed with architecture that will raise your spirit. Popo’s traditionalism is not forgotten here, but enhances his new Architecture to new heights
BUTTERFLIES OF BALI
By Victor Mason and Illustrations by PINK
THE SACRED MONKEYS OF BALI
by Bruce P. Wheatley
MY OFFERING – A Pictorial Tribute to the Balinese Offering
by Philippa Goldie