Purple Hibiscus — Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Only last year did I start reading Adichie (incredibly late to the party, I know). This — her debut — is fantastic and suffers only from comparison with Half of a Yellow Sun, which has become one of my very favourite books.

Purple Hibiscus is a vivid portrait of life under tyranny. Against the backdrop of political unrest and a coup in Nigeria, 15-year-old Kambili and her family live in fear of their controlling father. With Adichie’s courageous women and deep empathy, it’s a deeply moving coming-of-age story.

8/10

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