Baileys prize crowns Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun as its ‘best of the best’

THE GUARDIAN: Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been named ‘Best of the Best’ of the winners of the second decade of the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction.

The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction is the world’s most prestigious annual book award for fiction written by a woman. Established in 1996, it celebrates and promotes fiction by women throughout the world to the widest range of readers possible. Half of a Yellow Sun won the Baileys Women’s Prize (then known as the Orange Prize) in 2007.

The ‘Best of the Best’ was chosen from the ten novels that have won the prize in the past decade. Adiche’s novel was chosen both by a panel of ten judges and by members of the public, who voted online. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the prize, this year’s panel of judges consisted of the chairs of the judging panels from the past ten years.