Richard & Judy called Half of a Yellow Sun "a Nigerian Gone With The Wind". Adichie herself discussed the historical background to her second novel and briefly introduced her characters. Rageh Omaar (Author and former BBC correspondent lately with Al Jazeera) and actor Brian Cox (Braveheart, Troy) came on to discuss Half of a Yellow Sun, which they praised to the high heavens.
As this week's book in the Richard & Judy bookclub, Half of a Yellow Sun is one of 8 books so honoured this year. All the books are in the running for Richard & Judy's Best Read of 2007. The winner will be announced at the Galaxy Books Awards, to be shown on Channel 4 on Saturday 31st March. Adichie (seen in one of these pictures with her parents) will be flying into the UK for the awards.
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- Update 18 March - Rageh Omaar's documentary, This World: Slave Children, will be shown on BBC2 @ 9pm on 26 March.
- Update 19 March - Half of a Yellow Sun is on the longlist for the 2007 Orange Prize, as is last year's Booker winning novel by Kiran Desai, The Inheritance of Loss. It is Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's second Orange showing. The shortlist will be unveiled at the London Book Fair on 17 April, and winner announced on 6 June.