John Maxwell Coetzee was born in Cape Town, South Africa, on 9 February, 1940. An author and academic, Coetzee began writing fiction in 1969. His first novel, Dusklands, was published in South Africa in 1974. He is the first author to win the Booker Prize twice, for The Life and Times of Michael K in 1983 and Disgrace in 1999. In 2003 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. His most recent novel is Diary of a Bad Year (2007); his autobiography, Summertime, was published in 2009. He lives in Adelaide.