Home ENTERTAINMENTAWARDS Chimamanda Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun wins ‘best of the best’ Baileys prize

Chimamanda Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun wins ‘best of the best’ Baileys prize

by Austin Areh
0 comment

HALF of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adich­ie has been named ‘Best of the Best’ of the winners of the second decade of the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. The announcement was made on Monday, at the Pic­cadilly Theatre in London.

The ‘Best of the Best’ was chosen from 10 novels that have won the prize in the past decade. Chairs of the judging pan­els read from each of the 10 prize-winning novels before the ‘Best of the Best’ an­nouncement.

On the award, Adichie, from Abba in Njikoka Local Government Area of Anam­bra State, said: “I have a lot of respect for the books that have won awards in the past 10 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.”

Half of a Yellow Sun won the Bailey’s Women’s Prize in 2007 (when it was still known as the Orange Prize).

Muriel Gray, chair of judges, said: “While it’s sometimes pompous to call a book ‘important’, it’s ap­propriate to say it of Half of a Yellow Sun. 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 announcement marks the climax of celebrations to mark 20 years of the prize.

In a double win for Adich­ie, Half of a Yellow Sun was also the public’s choice for the “Best of the Best” award in a vote hosted on the BBC website.

The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction is the world’s most prestigious annual book award for fic­tion written by a woman. Established in 1996, it cel­ebrates and promotes fiction by women throughout the world to the widest range of readers possible.

Sun

 

 

Related Articles

Leave a Comment

* By using this form you agree with the storage and handling of your data by this website.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More

Social Media Auto Publish Powered By : XYZScripts.com