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An intriguing take on spy culture

The Memory Room. By Christopher Koch, Jonathan Cape, €26.60

19th January, 2008

The Memory Room. By Christopher Koch, Jonathan Cape, €26.60

In Christopher Koch’s first novel in seven years, the Tasmanian-born, Sydney-dwelling author explores the psyche of spies and the worlds they create, both in their imaginations and when their orbits intersect.

From childhood, Vincent Austin and his friend Erika Lange are addicted to secrecy. At night, they explore the suburbs, spying on scenes of innocent domesticity: ‘‘Spying gave us power: power that had the...

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