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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who grew up in Nigeria,
was shortlisted for the 2002 Caine Prize for African Writing. Her work
has been selected by the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association and the
BBC Short Story Awards and has appeared in various literary
publications, including Zoetrope and The Iowa Review.
Author photograph by Marco Del Grande
Fellow novelist ANNE BERRY on CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel Half of a Yellow Sun is a stunning book throughout, set in 1960’s Nigeria as it erupts into the Biafran War of secession. There is so much I loved about this book, the crisp narration that never balks from taking the reader into the darkest corners of man’s nature, the relationship between the twin sisters Olanna and Kainene, the clashing of their different natures and the divergent paths they follow.
Shortlisted for the Best of the Orange Best 2010 by the Orange Prize Youth Panel. Winner of the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction 2007. Reviewed on Richard & Judy on Wednesday 14 March 2007. Nigeria in the 1960s and the birth of Biafra, a time of conflict and the end of colonialism. We experience this strife through the household of a university lecturer. It is a tale of class more than race, of tribal differences and of the horrors of the period. It is immensely impressive, a big novel in every sense. Highly recommended.