Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Is Officially The ‘Best Of The Best’ – And We Couldn’t Agree More…
When it was released in 2006, it stole our hearts - and now nearly 10 years later, Half of a Yellow Sun has been named the ‘Best of the Best’ of the second decade of The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction.
Inspiring author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was awarded the accolade last night by novelist and co-founder of the prize, Kate Mosse, live on stage at London’s Piccadilly Theatre in a celebration of the award’s 20th anniversary.
Half of a Yellow Sunis set in 1960s Nigeria, where the country, blighted by civil war, sees Ugwu, a boy from a poor village, Olanna, a privileged young woman and Richard, an English writer, thrown together and torn apart as the war increasingly encroaches on their lives.
Adichie grew up in Nigeria, and was internationally lauded for the novel, with author Muriel Gray saying: ‘While it’s sometimes pompous to call a book ‘important’, it’s appropriate to say it ofHalf of a Yellow Sun.
‘For an author, so young at the time of writing, to have been able to tell a tale of such enormous scale in terms of human suffering and the consequences of hatred and division, whilst also gripping the reader with wholly convincing characters and spell binding plot, is an astonishing feat.’
Adichie follows in the footsteps of Andrea Levy, who won the prize for the first decade for her novelSmall Island.
Adichie said: ‘This is a prize I have a lot of respect and admiration for. Over the years it’s brought wonderful literature to a wide readership that might not have found many of the books.
‘I have a lot of respect for the books that have won in the past ten years and also for the books that have been shortlisted – I feel I am in very good company. To be selected as ‘Best of the Best’ of the past decade is such an honour.
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