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.”
Watch her acceptance speech below:
Muriel Gray, author, broadcaster and journalist, and Chair of Judges in 2007 said: “While it’s sometimes pompous to call a book ‘important’, it’s appropriate to say it of Half of a Yellow Sun.” She continued, “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. 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 fiction writing.”
The result, announced on Woman’s Hour yesterday, also saw Half of a Yellow Sun chosen as the public ‘Best of the Best’ choice.
The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction is the UK’s most prestigious annual book award for fiction written by a woman. Established in 1996 to celebrate and promote international fiction by women throughout the world to the widest range of readers possible, the Prize is awarded for the best novel of the year written by a woman.
Get half of a yellow sun here, and see for yourself just why it is the best of the best
‘Heartbreaking, funny, exquisitely written and, without doubt, a literary masterpiece and a classic’ Daily Mail
‘I look with awe and envy at this young woman from Africa who is recording the history of her country. She is fortunate – and we, her readers, are even luckier.’ Edmund White
‘Here is a new writer endowed with the gift of ancient storytellers.’ Chinua Achebe
‘Absolutely awesome. One of the best books I’ve ever read.’ Judy Finnigan