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Half of a Yellow Sun

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

A really powerful book about the Biafran war, an emotional story which really drew me into the horrors of the war. The book does have its lighter moments and made me laugh as well as cry. An extra-ordinary debut novel and well worth reading.

Suggested by Jay, Barnsley

Tagged with: dramatic haunting, mesmerising mesmerising, moving

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The Biafran War was the first event on the international stage that impinged on me as I was growing up. Those posters of starving children imprinted themselves on my mind, but I was much too young to understand what the conflict was all about. This book is absolutely stunning. It fully deserved to win the Orange Prize. I was bowled over by it and have been recommending it to everyone else ever since I finished it.
Just finished this book at 2 am this morning, then couldn't sleep thinking about the horrors they'd faced. A very moving story.
Jan, Scotland

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