When Paul Bannerman, an ecologist in Africa, is diagnosed with cancer and prescribed treatment that makes him radioactive, his fragile existence makes him question his life. Then when Paul moves in with his parents to protect his wife and young son from radiation, the strange nature of his condition leads his mother to face her own past.
Nadine Gordimer's many novels include The Lying Days (her first novel), The Conservationist, joint winner of the Booker Prize, Burger's Daughter, July's People, My Son's Story, None to Accompany Me, The House Gun and The Pickup. Her collections of short stories include Something Out There, Jump and, most recently, Loot. She also edited the anthology of stories Telling Tales. In 1991 she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. She lives in South Africa.