The book I'd press into the hands of girls and boys, as an inspiration for a future "world of happier men and happier women who are truer to themselves" Books of the Year, Independent One and a half million YouTube viewings later, this small but perfectly formed talk has become an equally small but perfectly formed book, thanks to Fourth Estate. The perfect size in fact for handbags, pockets and Christmas stockings. There really is no excuse not to buy several Harpers Bazaar Praise for Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: A writer with a great deal to say The Times 'Here is a new writer endowed with the gift of ancient storytellers. Chinua Achebe Adiche [has] virtuosity, boundless empathy and searing social acuity Dave Eggers Adichie is terrific on human interactions Adichies writing always has an elegant shimmer to it Wise, entertaining and unendingly perceptive Independent on Sunday [Adichie] is recording the history of her country. She is fortunate and we, her readers, are even luckier.' Edmund White
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born in Nigeria in 1977. Her first novel Purple Hibiscus was published in 2003 and was longlisted for the Booker Prize. Her second novel Half of a Yellow Sun won the 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction. Her short story collection, The Thing Around Your Neck, was published to critical acclaim in 2009. Her work has been selected by the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association and the BBC Short Story Awards, has appeared in various literary publications, including Zoetrope and The Iowa Review. She won a MacArthur genius grant in 2009, and in 2010 appeared on the New Yorkers list of the best 20 writers under 40. Her third novel, Americanah, was published to widespread critical acclaim in 2013. Half of a Yellow Sun is now a major feature film, Americanah is in production. She lives in Nigeria.