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Nadine Gordimer dies aged 90

Nadine Gordimer dies aged 90

Nadine Gordimer, Booker Prize winner (1974) and Man Booker International Prize judge (2007), has died aged 90. She was widely known as an author and anti-Apartheid activist, described by Seamus Heaney as one of the “guerrillas of the imagination”.

Gordimer was born in South Africa in 1923. Following graduation, she devoted her life to writing, publishing her first, semi-autobiographical novel, The Lying Days, in 1953. She went on to write a further 14 novels and several short story collections.

She was a joint Booker Prize winner (with Stanley Middleton) in 1974 with The Conservationist, the portrait of a rich white businessman living in South Africa during apartheid. The book was also shortlisted for the Best of the Booker in 2008. She was also longlisted for the prize a further two times, with The Pick-Up (2001) and Get a Life (2006). She was on the judging panel for the Man Booker International Prize in 2007, the year of Chinua Achebe’s win.

Widely recognised for her writing, Gordimer was awarded 15 honorary degrees from universities including Oxford and Cambridge and a Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991. The Nobel Prize jury recognised her as a woman "who through her magnificent epic writing has – in the words of Alfred Nobel – been of very great benefit to humanity”.

Nadine Gordimer