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Issue Details: First known date: 1958 1958
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form y The Boys in the Island Tony Morphett , Australia : Great Scott Productions , 1989 Z1221172 1989 single work film/TV Set in Tasmania in the 1950s and based on C. J. Koch's semi-autobiographical novel, The Boys in the Island explores the relationships of a group of young people whose chief ambition in life is to get to the Australian mainland where things are livelier. Once they get there, however, they find that things are very much livelier than they had expected, and they are soon in over their heads.

Notes

  • Epigraph from 'The Fall of Hyperion' by John Keats.
  • Study guides also available.
  • Details of the two revisions of the novel, in 1974 and 1987, can be found in the Author's Notes to these editions. The note in the 2nd. revised edition describes the effects of the revisions on the novel as 'considerable' and continues 'The shape of The Boys in the Island should now be finally clear; and this edition is the only one I wish to survive, or to be read.'
  • Other formats: Also braille, sound recording.

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Christopher Koch : Crossing Sea Walls Chad Habel , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Something Rich and Strange : Sea Changes, Beaches and the Littoral in the Antipodes 2009; (p. 224-231)
Discusses some of Koch's novels with focus on the notion of crossing boundaries and entering new spaces, where transformation of identities is possible. Using sea travel and the sea wall as a boundary which serves to prevent a crossing, the novels focus on liminal spaces, but the transformative potential of such liminal spaces is rarely fulfilled. The notion of 'crossing over' 'serves to help understand Koch's fiction as a unified body of work' (231), representing a coherent vision despite shifts in focus and emphasis.
y Water from the Moon : Illusion and Reality in the Works of Australian Novelist Christopher Koch Jean-François Vernay , Youngstown : Cambria Press , 2007 Z1337091 2007 single work criticism

'Author of six novels, Christopher John Koch (born in 1932) is one of Australia’s leading novelists who enjoys worldwide recognition. Koch’s writing has its finger on the pulse of today’s changing society. Not only does his work fall within a universal stream but it also stands out as a production of its own, built like a puzzle with distinct pieces. Through fiction, Koch explores other genres – the fairy tale, drama, poetry – to the point of producing multi-faceted works which challenge classification. In spite of the constant renewal of his settings for action, one notices the presence of a main thread which runs through Koch’s fiction: the antipodean and ambiguous relationship between illusion and reality.

'This theoretically informed monograph provides a book-by-book analysis of the novelist’s œuvre and gives a full picture of his Weltanschauung. It is valuable reference for scholars in Australian Studies, as well as those researching postcolonial, psychoanalytic and literary theories.

'This book is winner of the Excellence Award 2009 by the THESE-PAC jury (le prix THESE-PAC, Prix Jean-Pierre Piérard) in the South Pacific-Australasia category.'

(Publication summary)

Recolonisation and Disinheritance : The Case of Tasmania Peter Pierce , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Critics and Writers Speak : Revisioning Post-Colonial Studies 2006; (p. 106-114)
'The essay discusses the appropriations of the history and landscape of Tasmania, in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and particularly by outsiders to the state, whether they are European or from the Australian mainland' (106). Pierce draws on the texts cited above, and on critical responses to these texts to demonstrate the conflicted experiences of departure from Tasmania and, in some cases, an equally unsettling return.
Les 'Bildungsromane' de Christopher Koch : de la formation a la transformation Jean-François Vernay , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: Correspondances Oceaniennes , October vol. 1 no. 2 2002; (p. 26-29)
Investigates some of Koch's novels and characters in terms of the genre 'Bildungsroman'.
C.J. Koch's Feminine Perspective F. A. Inamdar , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literature Today 1993; (p. 98-104)
Christopher Koch : An Interview with Helen Tiffin Helen Tiffin (interviewer), 1992 single work interview
— Appears in: Commonwealth Novel in English , Spring vol. 5 no. 1 1992; (p. 1-10)
Image Patterns in "The Boys in the Island" : Themes of Illusion and Reality and the Colonial Perspective F. A. Inamdar , Yasmine Shaikh , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Australian Literature , July vol. 1 no. 2 1991; (p. 15-24)
Defection and Dislocation: The Fiction of Christopher Koch Peter Pierce , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: Westerly , June vol. 35 no. 2 1990; (p. 47-55)
Writing the Self Ken L. Goodwin , Alan Lawson , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Macmillan Anthology of Australian Literature 1990; (p. 526-529)
Sour Visions of Life Revisited Veronica Sen , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 10 June 1990; (p. 18)

— Review of High Valley Charmian Clift George Johnston 1949 single work novel ; The Boys in the Island Christopher Koch 1958 single work novel ; Across the Sea Wall Christopher Koch 1965 single work novel ; Play with Knives Jennifer Maiden 1990 single work novel
Tasmanian Gothic Jim Davidson , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , Winter vol. 48 no. 2 1989; (p. 307-324)
Light and Shadows : The Inner World of Christopher Koch Angela Bennie (interviewer), 1988 single work interview
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 16-17 July 1988; (p. 11-12)
form y The Boy and the Island : Christopher Koch, Tasmanian Novelist John Muirhead , Australia : ABC Television , 1988 Z855396 1988 single work biography film/TV A profile of novelist Christopher Koch, including readings from his work, footage of the Tasmanian landscape, and enactments of scenes from his novels.
Re-Mapping the Australian Psyche : The Asian Novels of C.J. Koch John Thieme , 1987 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , December vol. 47 no. 4 1987; (p. 451-461)
Christmas Presents for Some Well-Known Australian Authors Geoffrey Dutton , 1986 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Australian Literary Magazine , 20-21 December 1986; (p. 6)
Christopher Comes Home for Lunch Michael Dargaville (interviewer), 1986 single work criticism interview biography
— Appears in: The Mercury , 15 November 1986; (p. 15)
The Screenplay, Compared to the Novel is a Comic Strip Michael Cordell (interviewer), 1985 single work criticism interview
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 16 November 1985; (p. 48)
The Envenomed Dreams of C J Koch Laurie Clancy , 1985 single work criticism
— Appears in: Island Magazine , Winter no. 23 1985; (p. 52-58)
Christopher Koch in Conversation with Michael Hulse : In London Michael Hulse (interviewer), 1985 single work interview biography
— Appears in: Quadrant , June vol. 29 no. 6 1985; (p. 17-25)
Living Dangerously : Christopher Koch and Cultural Tradition Paul Sharrad , 1985 single work criticism
— Appears in: Quadrant , September vol. 29 no. 9 1985; (p. 64-68)
Sour Visions of Life Revisited Veronica Sen , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 10 June 1990; (p. 18)

— Review of High Valley Charmian Clift George Johnston 1949 single work novel ; The Boys in the Island Christopher Koch 1958 single work novel ; Across the Sea Wall Christopher Koch 1965 single work novel ; Play with Knives Jennifer Maiden 1990 single work novel
Untitled Grahame Johnston , 1959 single work review
— Appears in: Quadrant , Spring vol. 3 no. 4 1959; (p. 87,89)

— Review of To the Islands Randolph Stow 1958 single work novel ; The Boys in the Island Christopher Koch 1958 single work novel
A Lust for Honesty Charles Higham , 1959 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 20 no. 2 1959; (p. 111-112)

— Review of The Boys in the Island Christopher Koch 1958 single work novel
A New Novelist 1959 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 18 February vol. 80 no. 4123 1959; (p. 2,58)

— Review of The Boys in the Island Christopher Koch 1958 single work novel
A Striking First Novel Alan Davies , 1959 single work review
— Appears in: Nation , 25 April 1959; (p. 20-21)

— Review of The Boys in the Island Christopher Koch 1958 single work novel
Untitled Sidney J. Baker , 1959 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 18 April 1959; (p. 19)

— Review of The Boys in the Island Christopher Koch 1958 single work novel
The Sensitive Clod John Quinlem , 1959 single work review
— Appears in: The Observer , 22 August vol. 2 no. 17 1959; (p. 538)

— Review of The Boys in the Island Christopher Koch 1958 single work novel
Untitled Rosemary Wighton , 1959 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Letters , December vol. 2 no. 3 1959; (p. 61-64)

— Review of The Boys in the Island Christopher Koch 1958 single work novel
Untitled 1959 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 23 January 1959; (p. 45)

— Review of The Boys in the Island Christopher Koch 1958 single work novel
Fiction Chronicle John Barnes , 1960 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin , March vol. 19 no. 1 1960; (p. 99-111)

— Review of The Boys in the Island Christopher Koch 1958 single work novel
Review A. R. Chisholm , 1975 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 15 February 1975; (p. 15)

— Review of The Boys in the Island Christopher Koch 1958 single work novel
Review John McLaren , 1979 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 16 1979; (p. 36)

— Review of The Boys in the Island Christopher Koch 1958 single work novel
Les 'Bildungsromane' de Christopher Koch : de la formation a la transformation Jean-François Vernay , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: Correspondances Oceaniennes , October vol. 1 no. 2 2002; (p. 26-29)
Investigates some of Koch's novels and characters in terms of the genre 'Bildungsroman'.
y Water from the Moon : Illusion and Reality in the Works of Australian Novelist Christopher Koch Jean-François Vernay , Youngstown : Cambria Press , 2007 Z1337091 2007 single work criticism

'Author of six novels, Christopher John Koch (born in 1932) is one of Australia’s leading novelists who enjoys worldwide recognition. Koch’s writing has its finger on the pulse of today’s changing society. Not only does his work fall within a universal stream but it also stands out as a production of its own, built like a puzzle with distinct pieces. Through fiction, Koch explores other genres – the fairy tale, drama, poetry – to the point of producing multi-faceted works which challenge classification. In spite of the constant renewal of his settings for action, one notices the presence of a main thread which runs through Koch’s fiction: the antipodean and ambiguous relationship between illusion and reality.

'This theoretically informed monograph provides a book-by-book analysis of the novelist’s œuvre and gives a full picture of his Weltanschauung. It is valuable reference for scholars in Australian Studies, as well as those researching postcolonial, psychoanalytic and literary theories.

'This book is winner of the Excellence Award 2009 by the THESE-PAC jury (le prix THESE-PAC, Prix Jean-Pierre Piérard) in the South Pacific-Australasia category.'

(Publication summary)

Recolonisation and Disinheritance : The Case of Tasmania Peter Pierce , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Critics and Writers Speak : Revisioning Post-Colonial Studies 2006; (p. 106-114)
'The essay discusses the appropriations of the history and landscape of Tasmania, in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and particularly by outsiders to the state, whether they are European or from the Australian mainland' (106). Pierce draws on the texts cited above, and on critical responses to these texts to demonstrate the conflicted experiences of departure from Tasmania and, in some cases, an equally unsettling return.
Re-Mapping the Australian Psyche : The Asian Novels of C.J. Koch John Thieme , 1987 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , December vol. 47 no. 4 1987; (p. 451-461)
Christopher Koch : Crossing Sea Walls Chad Habel , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Something Rich and Strange : Sea Changes, Beaches and the Littoral in the Antipodes 2009; (p. 224-231)
Discusses some of Koch's novels with focus on the notion of crossing boundaries and entering new spaces, where transformation of identities is possible. Using sea travel and the sea wall as a boundary which serves to prevent a crossing, the novels focus on liminal spaces, but the transformative potential of such liminal spaces is rarely fulfilled. The notion of 'crossing over' 'serves to help understand Koch's fiction as a unified body of work' (231), representing a coherent vision despite shifts in focus and emphasis.
The Screenplay, Compared to the Novel is a Comic Strip Michael Cordell (interviewer), 1985 single work criticism interview
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 16 November 1985; (p. 48)
Defection and Dislocation: The Fiction of Christopher Koch Peter Pierce , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: Westerly , June vol. 35 no. 2 1990; (p. 47-55)
Image Patterns in "The Boys in the Island" : Themes of Illusion and Reality and the Colonial Perspective F. A. Inamdar , Yasmine Shaikh , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Australian Literature , July vol. 1 no. 2 1991; (p. 15-24)
The Envenomed Dreams of C J Koch Laurie Clancy , 1985 single work criticism
— Appears in: Island Magazine , Winter no. 23 1985; (p. 52-58)
Christopher Koch in Conversation with Michael Hulse : In London Michael Hulse (interviewer), 1985 single work interview biography
— Appears in: Quadrant , June vol. 29 no. 6 1985; (p. 17-25)
Living Dangerously : Christopher Koch and Cultural Tradition Paul Sharrad , 1985 single work criticism
— Appears in: Quadrant , September vol. 29 no. 9 1985; (p. 64-68)
Tasmanian Gothic Jim Davidson , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , Winter vol. 48 no. 2 1989; (p. 307-324)
Christmas Presents for Some Well-Known Australian Authors Geoffrey Dutton , 1986 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Australian Literary Magazine , 20-21 December 1986; (p. 6)
Writing the Self Ken L. Goodwin , Alan Lawson , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Macmillan Anthology of Australian Literature 1990; (p. 526-529)
Two Memories of Tony Wren Edmund Campion , 1980 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Quadrant , December vol. 24 no. 12 1980; (p. 38-40)
The Novel Today : A Personal View Christopher Koch , 1985 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Age Monthly Review , July vol. 5 no. 3 1985; (p. 18-19)
Two Memories of Tony Wren : C J Koch Comments Christopher Koch , 1980 single work criticism
— Appears in: Quadrant , December vol. 24 no. 12 1980; (p. 40-41)
Light and Shadows : The Inner World of Christopher Koch Angela Bennie (interviewer), 1988 single work interview
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 16-17 July 1988; (p. 11-12)
The Australian City of Christopher Koch Grant McGregor , 1976 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Quadrant , June vol. 20 no. 6 1976; (p. 66-71)
Asia, Europe and Australian Identity : The Novels of Christopher Koch Helen Tiffin , 1982 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 10 no. 3 1982; (p. 326-335)
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