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Adichie Wins Orange Prize

Last night the Orange Broadband Prize was awarded to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie for HALF OF A YELLOW SUN, her second novel. Her triumph, reports the Guardian’s John Ezard, vindicated the readers who have bought 187,000 copies since the paperback was published in January, and the bookmakers William Hill who made her odds-on favourite at 13/8. Adichie had previously been shortlisted for the Orange with her debut novel PURPLE HIBISCUS.

“This really comes as a wonderful, wonderful surprise,” Adichie said after collecting the prize. But she had feared the worst after having her handbag stolen at a London reading of her book on Tuesday and because the novel was so strongly fancied to win. “When I was told I was the bookies’ favourite in that wonderfully curious British tradition of betting on everything, I immediately thought it was the kiss of death,” she said.

The judges’ chair for the women-only contest, the writer and broadcaster Muriel Gray, said they were “hugely impressed by the power, ambition and skill of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel. It’s astonishing, not just in the skilful subject matter, but in the brilliance of its accessibility. This is a moving and important book by an incredibly exciting author. ”

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Orange Broadband Prize Shortlist

The Orange Broadband Prize has whittled its longlist down to a mere half-dozen names:

Half of a Yellow Sun, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Arlington Park, Rachel Cusk
The Inheritance of Loss, Kiran Desai
A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers, Xiaolu Guo
The Observations, Jane Harris
Digging to America by Anne Tyler

“The 2007 Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction shortlist is incredibly exciting,” commented Muriel Gray, Chair of judges. “It represents six beautifully crafted pieces of work that are as accessible as they are fascinating. That this outstanding writing should come from such diverse sources that includes five different nationalities, a world famous author, as well as a first-time novelist, is doubly thrilling.” The overall winner will be announced on June 6.

The Orange Broadband Prize Longlist

Have to remember to write in that “broadband” in the official title, but the UK’s award for best novel by a woman has announced its longlist, which includes Booker Prize & NBCC Award winner Kiran Desai, Costa Award winner Stef Penney, Jane Smiley, M.J. Hyland, Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie, Anne Tyler and Jane Harris. In total there are nine British authors on the list, four Americans, two Australians and two Canadians. The other three are from China, India and Nigeria.

“This year’s Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction longlist is an absolute delight given the diversity and quality of the work,” commented Muriel Gray, Chair of Judges. “Our decision has resulted in a spectrum arching from several new novels of outstanding merit, to exciting new books from important and established authors. Subject matter varies from the minutiae of personal experience, the exuberance of free thinking, the thrilling and entertaining epic, to the witty, the highly political, the challenging and enlightening.”