Nadine Gordimer was born in Springs, in South Africa in 1923.
She was educated at a convent school and spent a year at Witwaterstrand University. Since then, her life has been devoted to her writing.
Her first novel, The Lying Days (1953), was based largely on her own life and set in her home town. In 1974, her novel The Conservationist, was joint winner of the Booker Prize for Fiction. Nadine Gordimer has been awarded 15 honorary degrees from universities in USA, Belgium, South Africa, and from York, Oxford and Cambridge Universities.
She was made a Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and was judge of the Man Booker International Prize in 2007. She was also a founder of the Congress of South African Writers. In 1991 she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, and in 2007, the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur.