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J. M. Coetzee

The first author to have won the coveted Booker Prize more than once ...

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J. M. Coetzee biography and information

John Maxwell Coetzee was born in Cape Town, South Africa, on 9 February 1940, the elder of two children. His mother was a primary school teacher. His father was trained as an attorney, but practiced as such only intermittently; during the years 1941-45 he served with the South African forces in North Africa and Italy. Though Coetzee's parents were not of British descent, the language spoken at home was English.

Coetzee also written two fictionalised memoirs, Boyhood (1997) and Youth (2002). The Lives of Animals (1999) is a fictionalised lecture, later absorbed into Elizabeth Costello (2003). 

Coetzee has also been active as a translator of Dutch and Afrikaans literature.

In 2002 Coetzee emigrated to Australia. He lives with his partner Dorothy Driver in Adelaide, South Australia, where he holds an honorary position at the University of Adelaide. He is one of only two authors to have won the Booker Prize twice, for The Life And Times Of Michael K in 1983 and for Disgrace in 1999.

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The Schooldays of Jesus
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Summertime
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Boyhood
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Elizabeth Costello
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