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By Tim Sandle     Sep 28, 2013 in Entertainment
Australian author Christopher John Koch, best known for writing the book 'The Year of Living Dangerously,' has died in Tasmania at the age of 81.
Christopher John Koch was born in Hobart, Tasmania in 1932. Although trained as a journalist he was working as a waiter in England when he broke-though with this first novel The Boys in the Island in 1958.
His big success came with the novel The Year of Living Dangerously, set in Jakarta during the fall of the Sukarno regime. It was made into a movie directed by Peter Weir and starring Sigourney Weaver, Mel Gibson and Linda Hunt. The book was loosely inspired by his brother's (Philip Koch) experience as an Australian journalist in Indonesia during that period. The movie was released in 1982.
Commenting on the novel, the BBC quotes Koch saying "I've written other books since, that I think might be better, but people always come back to that one and it's because it was a film. That's how much film dominates our culture."
According to the New York Times, Koch's legacy is through his work often being "cited as helping Australia to shift its cultural focus from its Western ancestors in Britain and Ireland toward its increasing engagement with Asia."
CJ Koch died of cancer, according to his agent. Koch's last novel was Lost Voices, published in 2012.
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