Books of the Year

By East Gate Bookshop, Totnes

It has been another great year for publishing, and there were so many contenders to choose from. But finally, from the books we've read, and the books that you have told us about, we present our selection for the Best of the Year, 2022.

The Lost Rainforests of Britain

Guy Shrubsole

£20.00 £19.00

Few people realise that temperate rainforests, a globally rare and vital habitat are native to Britain. Shrubsole aims to change that perception.

Small Things Like These: Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2022

Claire Keegan

£8.99 £8.54

Set in 1986, in a poverty-stricken Irish town in the depth of winter, this perfectly pitched novella is full of empathy and understated heroism.

Regenesis: Feeding the World without Devouring the Planet

George Monbiot


The inconvenient truth is that the activity of agriculture takes the most land away from nature. Monbiot puts a strong case to reverse that trend.

Sorrow and Bliss: The funny, heart-breaking, bestselling novel that became a phenomenon

Meg Mason

£9.99 £9.49

Funny and poignant. If you want to laugh out loud, but are also prepared to cry, this thoroughly readable novel is the perfect choice.

The Book of Vanishing Species: Illustrated Lives

Beatrice Forshall

£25.00 £23.75

The exquisite artwork and heartfelt hymns to the world's threatened creatures, in this wonderful book, could not be better expressed.

Butler to the World: The book the oligarchs don’t want you to read - how Britain became the servant of tycoons, tax dodgers, kle

Oliver Bullough


Exposes Britain’s position at the centre of the global offshore economy laundering money for quite literally the worst people in the world.

Treacle Walker

Alan Garner

£8.99 £8.54

Essentially, Garner is a mythical storyteller and a brilliant one. This remarkable novel is a worthy addition to his canon.

Great Circle: The soaring and emotional novel shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2022 and shortlisted for the Booker

Maggie Shipstead

£9.99 £9.49

Aviator, Marion Graves sweeps as epically across the early 20th Century as she sweeps across the skies, in this intoxicating historical adventure.


Elizabeth Day

£8.99 £8.54

An elegant and tense, literary psychological drama. If you are looking for a disturbing page-turner this winter – this is the one for you.

Days Like These: An Alternative Guide to the Year in 366 Poems

Brian Bilston


An alternative guide to the year in 365 poems from the insightful and sometime poignant pen of Brain Bilston.

The Lincoln Highway: A New York Times Number One Bestseller

Amor Towles

£9.99 £9.49

In this homage to the great American road novel, Towles assembles a compelling cast of characters, and a sweeping panoramic landscape.

The Island of Missing Trees: Shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2022

Elif Shafak

£9.99 £9.49

A magical story of the redemptive power of love, loyalty and compassion amid the horrors and betrayal of a country divided and at war.

The Book of Form and Emptiness: Winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction 2022

Ruth Ozeki

£9.99 £9.49

This tour de force from Ozeki effortlessly blends unforgettable characters with jazz, climate change and our attachment to material possessions.

Klara and the Sun: The Times and Sunday Times Book of the Year

Kazuo Ishiguro

£9.99 £9.49

Strange, unsettling and moving. Ishiguro puts the world under the gaze of ‘artificial friend’ Klara in this poignant exploration of love and need.


Alison MacLeod

£9.99 £9.49

DH Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover - from its inspirations to the landmark obscenity trial are brilliantly bought to life in this deft novel

This Much is True: 'There's never been a memoir so packed with eye-popping, hilarious and candid stories' DAILY MAIL

Miriam Margolyes

£10.99 £10.44

Miriam has no filter, and that’s why so many people love her. Her unique voice and character light up the pages of this colourful autobiography.


Damon Galgut

£9.99 £9.49

Set against a backdrop of sweeping political change in modern South Africa - deep rooted prejudices, and vows brushed aside.

Still Life

Sarah Winman

£9.99 £9.49

A big-hearted book spanning London and Italy and the live and loves of an unlikely group of friends and acquaintances.

Bewilderment: From the million-copy global bestselling author of The Overstory

Richard Powers

£9.99 £9.49

Original and deeply moving, Power’s story of the love between father and son, and the lengths it can be tested and endured is heart wrenching.

Taste: My Life Through Food

Stanley Tucci

£10.99 £10.44

Tucci grew up in an Italian American family that spent every night around the table. This is a memoir of life and food perfectly intertwined

The Paper Palace: The No.1 New York Times Bestseller and Reese Witherspoon Bookclub Pick

Miranda Cowley Heller

£9.99 £9.49

This complex love story has dark undertones of abuse and neglect. A passionate encounter in the family home brings hidden secrets to the fore.

These Precious Days

Ann Patchett

£9.99 £9.49

Vibrant in emotion and insight, a wise and personal collection of essays by the bestselling author, reflect on, home, family, and friendships.


Jonathan Franzen

£9.99 £9.49

A big book about small lives; portrayed with love and flair, Franzen’s, ‘American family’ hails from the margins of already marginal cities

A Pocketful of Happiness

Richard E. Grant

£20.00 £19.00

Grant’s diary written in the last year of his wife’s life, becomes a window into a life bought down to earth by the basic desire for companionship.

The Fell

Sarah Moss

£8.99 £8.54

Another taut, gripping and emotionally intense masterpiece from one of the very best contemporary novelists.

Loved and Missed

Susie Boyt

£9.99 £9.49

A moving study of family love and the bond between mother and child. This intensely felt novel is full of insight and compassion.

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