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Ruth Ozeki has won the 2022 Women's Prize for Fiction

Ruth Ozeki has won the 2022 Women's Prize for Fiction

Ruth Ozeki’s novel, The Book of Form and Emptiness, has won the Women’s Prize for Fiction.

The Women’s Prize for Fiction seeks to empower women of by showcasing the very best writing from women anywhere in the world, regardless of their age, race, nationality or background. 

Ozeki is a novelist, filmmaker and Zen Buddhist priest who has taken home the £30,000 award.

The Book of Form and Emptiness follows a teenager called Benny Oh, who begins to hear voices from objects in his house after the death of his father. Overwhelmed by this loss, their mother develops a hoarding problem and as result Benny seeks refuge in a public library.

Chair of judges, Mary Ann Sieghart praised the book stating, ‘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.’

Watch the 2022 Women's Prize for Fiction announcement here: