We now have a copy of the winner of the 2022 Women’s Prize for Fiction, announced last month. The winning title is ‘The Book of Form & Emptiness’ by Ruth Ozeki and is now available to borrow or to reserve.

2022 Chair of judges, Mary Ann Sieghart, said of the book: ‘In an extraordinary year for fiction written by women, and from an incredibly strong shortlist, we were thrilled to choose Ruth Ozeki’s The book of Form and Emptiness, which stood out for its sparkling writing, warmth, intelligence, humour and poignancy. A celebration of the power of books and reading, it tackles big issues of life and death, and is a complete joy to read. Ruth Ozeki is a truly original and masterful storyteller.’

The Book of Form and Emptiness

After the tragic death of his father, fourteen-year-old Benny Oh begins to hear voices. The voices belong to the things in his house and sound variously pleasant, angry or sad. Then his mother develops a hoarding problem, and the voices grow more clamorous. When ignoring them doesn’t work, Benny seeks refuge in the silence of a large public library. There he meets a mesmerising street artist with a smug pet ferret; a homeless philosopher- poet who encourages him to find his own voice amongst the many; and his very own Book, who narrates Benny’s life and teaches him to listen to the things that truly matter.

Blending unforgettable characters with everything from jazz to climate change to our attachment to material possessions, this is classic Ruth Ozeki – bold, humane and heartbreaking.

The Library has a number of titles that have won the prize during its 26 years. Why not pop in and pick up one of these compelling reads.

Previous winners

Hamnet  – Maggie O’Farrell

Small Island – Andrea Levy

Piranesi – Susanna Clarke

An American Marriage – Tayari Jones

May We Be Forgiven – A. M. Homes

Home Fire – Kamila Shamsie

The Song of Achilles – Madeline Miller

The Road Home – Rose Tremain

Half of a Yellow Sun –  Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Bel Canto – Ann Patchett

We Need To Talk About Kevin – Lionel Shriver