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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Baileys Prize Best of the Best

Winner of the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction 2007, this is a heartbreaking, exquisitely written literary masterpiece.

Ugwu, a boy from a poor village, works as a houseboy for a university professor. Olanna, a young woman, has abandoned her life of privilege in Lagos to live with her charismatic new lover, the professor. And Richard, a shy English writer, is in thrall to Olanna's enigmatic twin sister. As the horrific Biafran War engulfs them, they are thrown together and pulled apart in ways they had never imagined.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's masterpiece, winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction, is a novel about Africa in a wider sense: about the end of colonialism, ethnic allegiances, class and race - and about the ways in which love can complicate all of these things.

©2016 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Vividly written, thrumming with life...a remarkable novel. In its compassionate intelligence as in its capacity for intimate portraiture, this novel is a worthy successor to such twentieth-century classics as Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart and V. S. Naipaul's A Bend in the River." (Joyce Carol Oates)
"Here is a new writer endowed with the gift of ancient storytellers." (Chinua Achebe)
"[Deserves] a place alongside such works as Pat Barker's Regeneration trilogy and Helen Dunmore's depiction of the Leningrad blockade, The Siege." ( The Guardian)
"Heartbreaking, funny, exquisitely written and, without doubt, a literary masterpiece and a classic." ( Daily Mail)
"Stunning. This novel is an immense achievement." ( The Observer)

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what a beautiful sad enthralling tale!

what a beautiful sad enthralling tale! I loved this book. it took me a long time to finally buy it- I'd had I was good, but I'm scared of sad stories. Now I'm glad I finally got around to read it. Excellent story telling Ms Adichie!

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Biafra

Loved it. A beautiful narration of the Biafran war and Igbo life in the sixties

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Captivating and engaging

I absolutely loved this book. It took a lot of strength to stop listening for any reason. I watched the movie a few years ago and was a bit apprehensive at reading the book after that. But the pleasure was certainly unaffected.
A story about love, dreams, family, betrayal, lost hopes and innocence, grief, healing... so much emotion.
The narrator's performance is the best I've heard so far for an African story.

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wonderful. facinating & sensitive.

an important lesson if Africa, Nigeria and people, family and friendship. Beautifully written story and a great audio to listen to.

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Wonderful book. Wonderful narration. Thought provoking and disturbing and awesome. Calling it a must would be an understatement.

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  • julie
  • 10-19-17

In my living memory

I remember the terrible pictures of Biafran babies, I had a friend who was a Nigerian Ibo, she had been raised in the UK and I never knew the complexity of the story of those times. A magnificent book heartbreaking and extraordinary in the evil and goodness threaded through societies the world .
I will need to hear it again and again. Brilliantly read.

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  • Mrs F.
  • 10-16-17

ezcellent

such a moving story. I didn't know the story of Biafra before and almost wish I didnt now. beautifully written and reaf

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  • VDS
  • 06-01-18

The best book I've read in years

The description was so beautiful that I had to slow down my reading to make sure not a word is missed. I love the story, so rich and full of unexpected turns. I enjoyed learning a period of the Nigerian history.

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  • Caroline
  • 05-03-18

beautifully told story of Biafra

well narrated story of peoples upturned lives leading up to and during the Biafran war.

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  • sabreen
  • 04-16-18

Captivating

Such great insight into war time life. Loved the characters and their depth. Highly recommend

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  • Jameela
  • 01-30-18

Incredible

Loved it, such an incredible listen. Would recommend and have been recommending this book to everyone.

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  • Samantha
  • 01-20-18

wonderful telling of the end of formal colonialism

loved this story. learnt a huge amount about a war i didn't know anything about.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-17-17

No words to describe

Absolutely incredible. No book has ever moved me so much. I am left truly stunned and in awe.