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’.
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