Year of Living Dangerously author CJ Koch dies at 81
His first novel, The Boys in the Island, in 1958, was a coming-of-age story about a young man growing up in Tasmania. The Year of Living Dangerously, published in 1978, follows a reporter after the fall of Indonesia’s Sukarno regime in 1965. The main character was loosely based on Koch’s brother Philip, who was a foreign correspondent. The book was adapted into a Hollywood movie with Mel Gibson and Sigourney Weaver.
“If a book is made into a film, they hang it around your neck forever,” he said last year. “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.”