Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was voted best book of the Women’s Prize for Fiction. The award was previously known as the Orange Prize and the Women’s Bailey Prize.

8,500 of the voting public chose Half of a Yellow Sun as best book of all the winners over the past 25 years. Past winners include Zadie Smith, the late Andrea Levy, Lionel Shriver, Rose Tremain and Maggie O’Farrell.

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Half of a Yellow Sun is set in Nigeria during the Biafran War in the 1960’s. It explores the end of colonialism, ethnic allegiances, class, race and female empowerment. It has received worldwide acclaim since its publication in 2006.

Adichie is part of a new generation revisiting the history that her parents survived. She brings to it a lucid intelligence and compassion, and a heartfelt plea for memory.

Maya Jaggi

Writer

If you loved the book watch the movie

Half of a Yellow Sun was made into a feature film in 2013 starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton and Anika Noni Rose.

The film is available to borrow at City of Cockburn Libraries.

“It’s Gone with the Wind in Nigeria. It’s set over an eight-year period from the early ’60s until the end of the Biafran War. That’s a huge feat.”  

Thandie Newton

Actor