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No Time Like the Present


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A majestic novel about post-Independence South Africa by the Nobel laureate and Booker Prize winner

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Nadine Gordimer's many novels include The Conservationist, joint winner of the Booker Prize, Get A Life, Burger's Daughter, July's People, My Son's Story and The Pickup. Her collections of short stories include The Soft Voice of the Serpent, Something Out There, Jump, Loot and, most recently, Beethoven Was One-Sixteenth Black. She has also collected and edited Telling Tales, a story anthology published in fourteen languages whose royalties go to HIV/AIDS organisations. In 2010 her nonfiction writings were collected in Telling Times and a substantial selection of her stories was published in Life Times. Nadine Gordimer was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991. She lives in South Africa.


A masterpiece * New Statesman, Books of the Year *
As always, Gordimer's prose is a wonder of unsettling rhythms, vivid dialogue and striking imagery * Independent on Sunday, Books of the Year *
Gordimer fashions a grand, state-of-her-nation novel about South Africa from Presidents Mandela to Zuma ... A mightily serious and impressive book * Daily Mail *
Nadine Gordimer is a towering figure in South African literature, and, at 88, remains a vital, productive force * Metro *
At best her free-style, high-velocity storytelling [Gordimer] delivers a visceral immediacy and intensity that lets us inhabit the minds, and share the views, of her characters with the minimum of novelistic fuss ... Written with a ferocious, high-definition attentiveness ... Gordimer, a nonpareil observer of the outer and inner life alike, sustains her heroic mission of witness and warning * Independent *
A complex book and a pained examination of the difficulties posed by a freedom that was won by imperfect human beings * Guardian *
This is a book of great thematic richness and quiet brilliance * Sunday Times *
This is an important and highly topical book about how hard it is to sustain hope and idealism in the wake of a revolution ... Gordimer has written an angry, melancholy, brave book * Spectator *

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