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Highways to a War

by Christopher Koch

When Mike Langford, a war photographer with a reputation for unusual risk-taking, disappears inside Cambodia, he becomes a mythic figure in the minds of his friends. The search for him which is at the heart of this novel explores the personal highways that led him to war, and to his ultimate fate.

‘A quite outstanding novel about the Indochina war, the best I have read since Graham Greene’s The Quiet American.’ LITERARY REVIEW

‘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’ – THE TIMES

‘A gripping tale, a convincing, page turning evocation of recent history, full of compelling characters, tumultuous events and just plain excitement’ – THE 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’ – THE SPECTATOR

About Christopher Koch

Christopher Koch was born and educated in Tasmania. Most of his life has been spent in Sydney, where he worked for some years as a radio producer in the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. He has been a full-time writer since 1972, winning international praise and a number of awards for his novels. One of his novels, The Year of Living Dangerously, was made into a film by Peter Weir. Koch twice won the Miles Franklin Award for fiction: for The Doubleman and Highways to a War. In 1995 he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for his contribution to Australian literature. Christopher Koch passed away on September 22nd 2013.

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