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Chimamanda Adichie wins top women's fiction award

03 November 2015, 16:21

Lagos - Award winning writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Half of a Yellow Sun has topped a list of the last decade's winners of the Baileys Women's Fiction Prize.

Adichie won the "Best of the Best" award as part of the celebrations to mark 20 years of the annual £30,000 prize.

The Nigerian author won in 2007 for her second novel, set during the Biafran War of the 1960s.

Also read:Chimamanda Adichie gets nominated for Forbes Person of the Year

Other winners of the Baileys Prize from the last decade include Zadie Smith for On Beauty, Rose Tremain for The Road Home and Eimear McBride for A Girl is a Half-formed Thing.

The winner of Best of the Best of the prize's first decade in 2005 was Andrea Levy's Small Island, which won the main title in 2004.

Established in 1996, the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction - first known as the Orange Prize for Fiction, is awarded to the best novel of the year written by a woman, with Baileys taking over sponsorship in 2014.

Adichie's novel was chosen by the chairs of the judging panels from the last 10 years.

They included the novelist Joanna Trollope, actresses Miranda Richardson and Sheila Hancock and broadcasters Fi Glover, Kirsty Lang and Muriel Gray.




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