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“HALF OF A YELLOW SUN”

BY CHIMAMANDA

NGOZI ADICHIE -

NAMED 'BEST OF THE BEST'

OF THE BAILEYS PRIZE.

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has

been named 'Best of the Best' of the winners of the

second decade of the Baileys Women's Prize for

Fic on. The announcement was made on Monday this week

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(November 2 ), at the Piccadilly Theatre in London. The 'Best

of the Best' was chosen from the ten novels that have won the

prize in the past decade. The chairs of the judging panels read

from each of the ten prize-winning novels before the 'Best of

the Best' announcement.

Adichie commented; “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. I'm very grateful and very happy.”

Half of a Yellow Sun won the Bailey's Women's Prize in 2007

(when it was s ll known as the Orange Prize).

Syl Saller, Chief Marke ng Officer of Diageo, the Prize

sponsors, added, “It is a delight to shine a light on the women

who have shaped the literary landscape for the past decade.

Chimamanda is an excep onal talent and a truly worthy

winner of the Best of the Best accolade.” The announcement

marks the climax of celebra ons to mark twenty years of the

prize.

In a double win for Adichie, HALF OF A YELLOW SUN was also

the public's choice for the “Best of the Best” award in a vote

hosted on the BBC website.

The Baileys Women's Prize for Fic on is the world's most

pres gious annual book award for fic on wri en by a woman.

Established in 1996, it celebrates and promotes fic on by

women throughout the world to the widest range of readers

possible.

Muriel Gray, Chair of Judges, said: “While it's some mes

pompous to call a book 'important', it's appropriate to say it of

Half of a Yellow Sun. Chimamanda's achievement makes Half

of a Yellow Sun not just a worthy winner of this most special of

prizes, but a benchmark for excellence in fic on wri ng.”

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Biography

Chimamanda Adichie is from Abba, in Njikoka L.G.A. of

Anambra State. She grew up in the university town of Nsukka,

where her father was the first Professor of Sta s cs in Nigeria,

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