I finished reading Half of a Yellow Sun last night - wonderful book. It's powerful, moving without being sentimental, funny in parts and has such great charactersation and sense of place. The story is told from the point of view of three very different people each caught up in the events in Biafra, a conflict I knew shamefully little about. Because the narrator uses free indirect speech (where the narrator takes on the speech and thoughts of a particular character) we know only what they know, and we are right there with them as events unfold. Storytelling at its best.
The book is now winging its way to my friend Karen in Nottingham. I'm sure she'll enjoy it as she studied Post Colonial Literatures in English when we were doing post grad work together - it will be interesting to get her perspective on it.