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Water from the Moon: Illusion and Reality in the Works of Australian Novelist Christ ...

Chapter 1:  Writing His Way to Fame
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Water from the Moon:

Chapter 1

Writing his Way to Fame

Christopher John Koch was born of an Anglican father and of a Catholic mother on July 16, 1932, in Hobart, Tasmania, a birthplace he describes in Crossing the Gap as “a sailors' town; a convict town” (CG: 88). He grew up with his brother Philip in the small suburb of New-town, and later in Lenah Valley, where his sister Susan was born.

Koch's Anglo-Irish and German lineage has influenced his Australia novels be it in terms of themes, characters, or setting. Peter Carey's statement that Australians are “historically both oppressors and victims”1 is clearly illustrated by Koch's two Irish great-great-grandmothers. On the oppressors' side, Jane Devereux ended up by marrying Captain James Hurburgh, whose duty at one stage was to pursue by boat runaway Vandemonian convicts. On the victims' side,