Nigerian fiction writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie beat out fellow literary heavyweights like Zadie Smith and Ali Smith to win the title of “Best of the Best” of the last 10 years of the Baileys Women’s Fiction Prize. The 38-year-old author won the prestigious prize, formerly known as the Orange Prize in fiction, in 2007 for her novel Half of a Yellow Sun, a story about war in Nigeria.
“Over the years it’s [the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction] brought wonderful literature to a wide readership that might not have found many of the books,” Adichie said. “I have a lot of respect for the books that have won in the past 10 years and also for the books that have been shortlisted — I feel I am in very good company.”
The Bailey Prize is awarded each year to the best novel written by a woman in the English language. Previous years’ judges, including Joanna Trollope and Muriel Gray, picked Adichie for the 10-year honor.
“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,” Gray said. Adichie has also won the National Book Critics Circle Award and The Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Fiction.
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