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Ruth Ozeki novel wins Women’s Prize For Fiction 2022

Many congratulations to Canongate Books author Ruth Ozeki who has won the 2022 Women’s Prize for Fiction with her fourth novel The Book of Form and Emptiness: an inventive, bold, humane novel that tells the story of a thirteen-year-old boy who, after the tragic death of his father, starts to hear the voices of objects speaking to him.

At an awards ceremony on 15 June 2022 in London – hosted by novelist, playwright and Women’s Prize Founder Director Kate Mosse – the 2022 Chair of Judges, Mary Ann Sieghart, presented the author with the £30,000 prize, endowed by an anonymous donor, and the ‘Bessie’, a limited-edition bronze figurine by Grizel Niven. The Women’s Prize for Fiction – one of the greatest international celebrations of women’s creativity now in its 27th year – honours outstanding, ambitious, original fiction written in English by women from anywhere in the world.

2022 Shortlisted Authors

  • Trinidadian Lisa Allen-Agostini for her novel The Bread and the Devil Knead (Myriad Editions).
  • American Louise Erdrich for her novel The Sentence (Corsair).
  • New Zealander Meg Mason for her novel Sorrow and Bliss (Weidenfeld & Nicolson).
  • American- Canadian Ruth Ozeki for her novel The Book of Form and Emptiness (Canongate Books).
  • Turkish-British author Elif Shafak for her novel The Island of Missing Trees (Viking).
  • American Maggie Shipstead for her novel Great Circle (Doubleday).

This year’s shortlist has been selected by the Chair of Judges Mary Ann Sieghart and her judging panel: Lorraine Candy, award-winning journalist and editor; Dorothy Koomson, global bestselling novelist, journalist and podcaster; Anita Sethi, award-winning author and literary journalist; and Pandora Sykes, journalist, broadcaster and author.

For more about the prize and authors, see the Women’s Prize for Fiction website.

The photo above of Ruth Ozeki at the awards ceremony is by Ian West/PA Wire.