Orange Prize Winners Announced

The winners of the Orange Prize were announced last night at the Royal Festival Hall on London’s South Bank. Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was awarded the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction for her novel Half of a Yellow Sun, beating off competition from the likes of Kiran Desai and Anne Tyler.

The book is a love story set in post-colonial Nigeria in the 1960’s. Muriel Gray, leader of the judging panel said that the book was ‘astonishing, not just in the skilful subject matter, but in the brilliance of its accessibility’.

Canadian author Karen Connelly took the Orange Broadband Award for new writers with her first novel, The Lizard Cage. She was awarded a £10,000 bursary provided by Arts Council England.

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