Thursday, June 07, 2007

Orange-Flavoured Fiction

The 2007 Orange Broadband Prize goes to .... (drumroll, please, while I open the envelope) Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (left, at the Guardian Hay festival).

And the Orange Broadband Award for First Writers goes to ... (another drumroll) Karen Connelly for The Lizard Cage.

Am longing to read both ... the first I have, and it's shouting at me from my TBR shelf. The other I haven't seen in the bookshops here yet.

Do check out the author websites. Chimamanda has set up a site especially for the book which includes a board for readers to post their memories of the Biafran war. Karen Connelly's includes her journal.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

There are copies of The Lizard Cage at MPH MidValley.

bibliobibuli said...

ahah. thanks. will treat myself then.

Lydia Teh said...

Eric and Janet recommended Half of a Yellow Sun to me. No regrets. Read and enjoyed.

Janet said...

Yep-have loved Adichie since I read her short stories from The New Yorker. Really talented and I really enjoyed Half of a Yellow Sun. Despite the sombre theme, it's easy to read and I was sorry when it ended even though I tried to read it really slowly, heh heh. Her first book, Purple Hibiscus is not too bad as well but definitely has that 'first book' smell. ;) She really deserves the prize!

Amir said...

I have started blogging my uncut articles, since at least 7 sentences were removed today, including a reference to Raja Nazrin!

Chet said...

Half of a Yellow Sun is a book I definitely want to read. I've seen it at Borders The Curve, and yesterday evening, resisted (successfully) going there to get a copy. I think the copy I saw was a hardback - I'll wait for the paperback, I think.

bibliobibuli said...

yeah, i have hardback chet, got from mph with my book vouchers some time back. ant to borrow, can, as i have a few things to read first. (sure you want to have a copy though)

bibliobibuli said...

amir - thanks for the link. i honestly don't blame you blogging them ...

Janet said...

The paperback was out ages ago, Chet. I think you can get it quite easily at shops now! Try MPH! ;)

Chet said...

Thanks, Janet. Small print, ah?

Janet said...

Chet - yeah unfortunately it is.