They say don’t judge a book by its cover, don’t they? Have ‘they’ ever re-arranged their bookcases based on cover colour? Or relegated those less aesthetically-appealing covers to the bottom shelf/bookcase in the downstairs toilet/guest room? Well then. Oh yes, we most definitely do judge books by their covers, and that’s absolutely fine! If you’re someone who likes your literature award-winning and unputdownable and your covers prettily patterned, you’ll be delighted to hear that 4th Estate has reissued four of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s books with brand new covers – celebrating ten years since the prize-winning Half of a Yellow Sun was published.

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Half of a Yellow Sun, Purple Hibiscus, The Thing Around Your Neck and Americanah have all received an eye-catching new look courtesy of designer Jo Walker. Featuring the traditional ‘Ankara’ wax prints that are so popular in Nigerian fashion (although they’re actually originally Dutch), the four titles will stand out on any bookcase. Reprinting books with new covers seems to be a bit of a thing with publishers these days – however, whether you’re repurchasing favourite titles, sharing the Chimamanda love and treating someone to a gift, or reading them for the first time, there’s lots of excuses to buy these!

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Purple Hibiscus

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.

The Thing Around Your Neck

Searing and profound, suffused with beauty, sorrow and longing, this collection of twelve short stories is a resounding confirmation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s prodigious storytelling powers.

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Half of a Yellow Sun

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s masterpiece, winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction, is a novel about Africa in a wider sense: about the end of colonialism, ethnic allegiances, class and race – and about the ways in which love can complicate all of these things.


Fearless, gripping, spanning three continents and numerous lives, the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning ‘Americanah’ is a richly told story of love and expectation set in today’s globalized world.

For more information and to buy Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s limited edition books, see 4th Estate’s website.