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Diary of a Bad Year

by J.M. Coetzee - £8.99  Vintage (2008)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9780099516224 | ISBN 10: 0099516225

An eminent, aging Australian writer is invited to contribute to a book entitled Strong Opinions. For him, troubled by Australia's complicity in the wars in the Middle East, it is a chance to air some urgent concerns: how should a citizen of a modern democracy react to their state's involvement in an immoral war on terror, a war that involves the use of torture?
 
Then in the laundry room of his apartment block, he encounters an alluring young woman. He offers her work typing up his manuscript. Anya is not interested in politics, but the job will be a welcome distraction, as will the writer's evident attraction towards her. Her boyfriend, Alan, is an investment consultant who understands the world in harsh economic terms.
 
Unsure about his trophy girlfriend's new pastime, Alan begins to formulate a plan...

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