Christopher Koch

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Christopher Koch AO
Born(1932-07-16)16 July 1932
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Died23 September 2013(2013-09-23) (aged 81)
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
OccupationNovelist
LanguageEnglish
NationalityAustralian
EducationSt Virgil's College
Alma materUniversity of Tasmania
Notable worksThe Year of Living Dangerously
Notable awardsMiles Franklin Award (1985, 1996)
Spouse
Irene Vilnois (m. 1959–1979)
(Divorced)
Robin Whyte-Butler
ChildrenGareth Koch

Christopher John Koch AO (16 July 1932 – 23 September 2013) was an Australian novelist. He is best known for his 1978 novel The Year of Living Dangerously, which was made into an award-winning movie.[1]

He won the Miles Franklin Award twice; The Doubleman in 1985, and Highways to a War in 1996. In 1995 he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for contribution to Australian literature.

Koch was born in Hobart, Tasmania in 16 July 1932. He was educated at Clemes College, St Virgil's College, Hobart High School and the University of Tasmania.[2]

Koch died at his home in Hobart on 23 September 2013, aged 81. He had been diagnosed with prostate cancer twelve months earlier.[3]

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  1. Christopher Koch: The Year of Living Dangerously author opened our eyes to Indonesia, The Sydney Morning Herald, 24 September 2013.
  2. Koch, Christopher, AustLit.
  3. "Award winning author Christopher Koch dies". ABC.net.au. Retrieved November 17, 2013.

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