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John Coetzee
Biographical info

John Coetzee's first book, Buks en die stropersbende, was published by Tafelberg in 1970. Another five titles in the Buks-series followed, as well as 21 other youth novels, some in English, others in Afrikaans.

After attending Marist Brothers College in Johannesburg, John started his career as apprentice and later as electrician at the old South African Railways. His studied part-time through UNISA and after completing his BA, started working as a translator at Iscor in Pretoria. After 22 years at Iscor, John decided to take early retirement and do freelance translation and writing from home.

Many of his books have been prescribed in schools. He has travelled all over the USA and Europe with his family (his wife, Lene, and three children) and his hobbies include listening to classical music, reading and walking.

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