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Paperback

Author

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Publisher

HarperPerennial an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Publication date

15th January 2007

ISBN

9780007200283

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Half of a Yellow Sun

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


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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.


Reviews

'Heartbreaking, funny, exquisitely written and, without doubt, a literary masterpiece and a classic.'
Daily Mail

'Stunning. It has a ramshackle freedom and exuberant ambition.'
Observer

'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

'Absolutely awesome. One of the best books I've ever read.'
Judy Finnigan

'Vividly written, thrumming with life!a remarkable novel. In its compassionate intelligence as in its capacity for intimate portraiture, this novel is a worthy successor to such twentieth-century classics as Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart and V.S. Naipaul's A Bend in the River .'
Joyce Carol Oates

'Rarely have I felt so there, in the middle of all that suffering. I wasted the last fifty pages, reading them far too greedily and fast, because I couldn't bear to let go!It is a magnificent second novel -- and can't fail to find the readership it deserves and demands.'
Margaret Forster

'Here is a new writer endowed with the gift of ancient storytellers.'
Chinua Achebe

'[Deserves] a place alongside such works as Pat Barker's Regeneration trilogy and Helen Dunmore's depiction of the Leningrad blockade, The Siege .'
Guardian

'This powerful, delicate, intimate novel focuses on individual's thoughts and emotions, the subtleties of human relationships and the psychological legacies of colonialism.'
Observer

'This magnificent novel is a gripping portrayal of the horrors of war!A major new African voice.'
Independent

'This powerful, delicate, intimate novel focuses on the individuals'
thoughts and emotions, the subtleties of human relationships and the psychological legacies of colonialism

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Observer

'Books of the Year'


'A powerful account of the Biafran War, horrific and tender in equal measure.'
Richard Eyre, in the Sunday Telegraph

'Books of the Year'


'Adichie succeeds in tackling the horrors of this war, imbuing her portrayal of three disparate characters!with warmth, wisdom and an acute insight into human nature'. Daily Telegraph 'An incredibly absorbing book'. Kele Okereke, in the Observer 'Books of the Year 'A fresh examination of the ravages of war!a welcome addition to the corpus of African letters.'
Times Literary Supplement


About The Author

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.


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