Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie wins 'Best of the Best' Baileys Prize 2015
Competition was fierce, but Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi’s Half of a Yellow Sun has been named the ‘best of the best’ – the best book to win the Bailey’s Women’s Fiction Prize in the last 10 years.
Of the book, 2007 judge Muriel Gray 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.”
See Adichi’s reaction to winning the 'Best of the Best' Award at the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction website.Every year, the Bailey's Women's prize for Fiction (previously the Orange Prize) selects the book they feel is the most inventive and the most impressive of all the works published in English by women writers from the last year. The prize is now in its 20th year and to celebrate this fact, they decided to select an overall winner from the last ten (this was also done at the end of the 10th year).