Christopher Koch, one of Australia’s pre-eminent novelists, died Monday after a year-long battle with cancer. He was 81 years old. Koch won The Miles Franklin Award, Australia's most prestigious literary prize, in 1985 for The Doubleman, and in 1996 for Highways to a War. He is best known for 1978’s The Year of Living Dangerously, which Koch co-adapted into a critically and commercially successful film. His final novel, Lost Voices, was published in 2012.