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Purple Hibiscus - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Purple Hibiscus - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Title: Purple Hibiscus

Author:  Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

ISBN:  9780007176113

Weight:  745g

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Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The limits of fifteen-year-old Kambili’s world are defined by the high walls of her family estate and the dictates of her repressive and fanatically religious father.  Her life is regulated by schedules: prayer, sleep, study, and more prayer.

When Nigeria begins to fall apart during a military coup, Kambili’s father, involved mysteriously in the political crisis, sends Kambili and her brother away to live with their aunt.  In this house, full of energy and laughter, she discovers life and love – and a terrible, bruising secret deep within her family.

This extraordinary debut novel from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of Half of a Yellow Sun, is about the blurred lines between the old gods and the new, childhood and adulthood, love and hatred – the grey spaces in which truths are revealed and real life is lived.

Peer & Press Reviews

A breathtaking debut…  [Adichie] is very much the 21st-century daughter of that other great Igbo novelist, Chinua Achebe.

The Washington Post Book World

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

In a soft, searing voice, Adichie examines the complexities of family, faith and country through the haunted but hopeful eyes of a young girl on the cusp of womanhood.  Lush, cadenced and often disconcerting, this is an accomplished first effort.

Publishers Weekly

Bibliographic Info

TitlePurple Hibiscus
Book Features
Edition / printingFirst edition, first printing
Overall condition

Near fine / Fine

The book has mid-to-light tan discolouration (fading) to its pages, which is in keeping with its age (15 years).  There’s also some very minor pushing to its spine ends.  If not for the fading, this book would be close to Very Fine.

While we don’t think you’ll find an honestly described new copy in much better condition, due to these flaws we’ve priced the book very competitively and well below its current market value.  Even so, if you are unhappy with the book in any way, return it to us in the condition you received it for a full refund.

SignedOn the title page
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes

Commonw. Writers’ Prize (overall) 2005 – winner (first book)

Commonw. Writers’ Prize (Africa) 2005 – winner (first book)

Booker Prize 2004 – longlist

Orange Prize for Fiction 2004 – shortlist

Book Stats
PublisherHarperCollins Publishers
ImprintFourth Estate
Publication date
Printed byClays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 139780007176113
ISBN 100007176112
FormatHardcover with dust jacket
Size (h x w x d)224 x 144 x 34mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photographNnamdi Chiamogu
Jacket designJulian Humphries, Fourth Estate
Jacket photographHoni Werner

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