The Nigerian author Chimamanda Adichie encapsulates beautifully the colour purple in her debut book Purple Hibiscus. Set in Nigeria during the civil war, the story is narrated by a 12 year old girl caught up amidst the fury raging in the country and her father. The bruises she bears, the dark blood she oozes are deeply stemmed in the colour purple. War, strife, power cuts and religion are predominant themes in the book, and the love between the narrator and a man of God completes the sad and twisted tale. A must read!