Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's extraordinary debut novel about life’s blurred lines - the grey spaces where truths are revealed and real life is lived.

The author of Half of a Yellow Sun explores the lines between the old gods and the new, childhood and adulthood, love and hatred. When Nigeria is shaken by a military coup, Kambili’s father, who is mysteriously involved in the political crisis, sends her to live with her aunt. In this house, noisy and full of laughter, she discovers life and love - and a terrible, bruising secret deep within her family.

Longlisted
The Man Booker Prize 2004
Published by
4th Estate
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

About the Author

The Nigerian-born Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was longlisted for her debut novel Purple Hibiscus. To date, she is the only Booker writer to have her words sampled by Beyoncé
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A sensitive and touching story of a child exposed too early to religious intolerance and the uglier side of the Nigerian state.

— J. M. Coetzee on Purple Hibiscus

It’s always validating to be recognised by prizes but I made the conscious decision years ago that what truly matters to me is to be read, actually read.

— Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in response to Margaret Busby in the Guardian 2020