'A quite outstanding novel about the Indochina war, the best I have read since Graham Greene's The Quiet American' Richard West, Literary Review 20021108
Christopher Koch was born and educated in Tasmania. For a good deal of his life he was a broadcasting producer, working for the ABC in Sydney. He has lived and worked in London and elsewhere overseas. He has been a fulltime writer since 1972, winning international praise and a number of awards for his novels, many of which are translated in a number of European countries. One of his novels, The YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY, was made into a film by Peter Weir and was nominated for an Academy Award. He has twice won the Miles Franklin award for fiction: for THE DOUBLEMAN and HIGHWAYS TO A WAR. In 1995 Koch was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for his contribution to Australian literature. His most recent novel is THE MEMORY ROOM won the CAL Waverley Award for Literature in 2008.
"A subtle unfolding of character and history camouflaged in battle-dress-an absorbing portrait of lives lived at the edges of terror and beauty. Koch is a powerful writer and this is a fine book" -- Erica Wagner * The Times * "A gripping tale, a convincing, page turning evocation of recent history, full of compelling characters, tumultuous events and just plain excitement" -- Richard Bernstein * New York Times * "Magnificent-in its humanity and honesty, and the maturity of its storytelling, it belongs with the finest products of that sad and wasteful history" -- Michael Hulse * Spectator *