It has been 10 years since Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Orange Prize-winning masterpiece Half of a Yellow Sun was published. Last year the novel was awarded the prestigious honour of the The Baileys Prize Best of the Best and this year we celebrate the 10th Anniversary with a set of stunning new editions. All four books are available now at all good bookshops, or via the links below.
As we’ve been seeing across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram etc for the past two weeks, you guys are in love with our Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie reissues. Half of a Yellow Sun, Purple Hibiscus, The Thing Around Your Neck and Americanah have had a makeover by cover designer Jo Walker and boy, do they look good. Read more…
Last night, Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was named the ‘Best of the Best’ in a ceremony hosted by the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction.
Of her win, Chimamanda 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. I’m very grateful and very happy.”
‘BBC Culture, the arts section of the international BBC site, polled “several dozen” US critics to find the greatest novels written so far this century, with 156 novels in all named by experts from papers including the New York Times, Time magazine, Newsday, Kirkus Reviews and Booklist.’ On this list, we were delighted to see, are SIX 4th Estate novels.
Today sees the release of We Should All Be Feminists, the captivating, forthright and truly inspirational essay from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, based on her 2013 TEDx Talk of the same name.
‘…an academic, a Nigerian woman, told me that feminism was not our culture, that feminism was un-African, and I was only calling myself a feminist because I had been influenced by Western books. (Which amused me, because much of my early reading was decidedly unfeminist: I must have read every single Mills & Boon romance published before I was sixteen. And each time I try to read those books called ‘classic feminist texts’, I get bored, and I struggle to finish them.) Read more…