Nadine Gordimer, the South African Nobel winning author, has passed away aged 90. One of the most powerful voices against apartheid died after a short illness. She authored more than 30 books, including the novels My Son's Story, Burger's Daughter and July's People. She had jointly won the 1974 Booker Prize for The Conservationist and was given the 1991 Nobel Prize for literature .
Gordimer had begun writing at an early age. She published her first story - Come Again Tomorrow at just 15. In her novels and short stories, the consequences of apartheid, exile and alienation were the major themes. She was close friends with Nelson Mandela and committed to fighting apartheid. She was a leading member of the African National Congress (ANC) and fought for Nelson Mandela's release.