Nigerian author Chimamanda Adichie scored another milestone in her career after her book Half of a Yellow Sun topped a list of the last decade's winners of the Baileys Women's Fiction Prize.
Adichie won in the "Best of the Best" category of the awards as part of celebrations to mark 20 years of the annual £30,000 prize.
Adichie's novel was chosen by the chairs of the judging panels from the last 10 years. They included the novelist Joanna Trollope, actresses Miranda Richardson and Sheila Hancock and broadcasters Fi Glover, Kirsty Lang and Muriel Gray.
Adicihie said she was "grateful and happy", adding: "This is a prize I have a lot of respect and admiration for."
The 38-year-old novelist continued: "Over the years it's [the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction] brought wonderful literature to a wide readership that might not have found many of the books.
"I have a lot of respect for the books that have won in the past 10 years and also for the books that have been shortlisted - I feel I am in very good company."
Other winners of the Baileys Prize from the last decade include Zadie Smith for On Beauty, Rose Tremain for The Road Home and Eimear McBride for A Girl is a Half-formed Thing.
Sent from my BlackBerry 10 smartphone.