Growing up in Tasmania in the seventies and eighties I did not have much sense of place from local literature, aside from a story about Mathinna, meeting Pat Peatfield Price at the Long Gallery in about 1981, Twelve Trees, Nan Chauncy, and later, Christopher Koch, who won the Miles Franklin in 1985 for The Doubleman, which I read at the time, or maybe a few years lagter. It is a now dated, still excellent story with a hangover of 1970s occult fiction a la Fowles, set in my home town, Hobart. This book changed my reading life.
You will most likely recognise him as the writer of the book that the film 'The Year of Living Dangerously' is based on, a fictionalised account of events leading up to a 1965 coup in Jakarta, Indonesia. Koch was a journalist for the ABC in Indonesia at the time.
I'm pretty excited to have picked up a copy of The Doubleman to pop up here soon too.
This is a largish paperback (944 grams, I write these blurbs with scales by my side).
Melbourne Educare, 2003
With photos, with glossy pages, if that is what you are in to.