Christopher Koch is of Irish, English and German ancestry. For a good deal of his life he was a broadcasting producer, working for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in Sydney. He has lived and worked in London and elsewhere overseas. He has been a full-time writer since 1972, winning international praise and a number of awards for his novels - many of which are translated in a number of European countries.
His novel, The Year of Living Dangerously, was made into a successful Hollywood film starring Mel Gibson and nominated for a Golden Palm at Cannes in 1983.