Ever wondered what special books a Women's Prize winner keeps on her bedside table? We asked Ruth Ozeki – newly crowned winner of the 2022 Women's Prize for Fiction – to share a list of the novels that offered her insight, inspiration and comfort while writing her winning novel The Book of Form and Emptiness. If you're looking for something brilliant to read (after you've devoured The Book of Form and Emptiness), scroll down to discover Ruth's top reads!
Ruth Ozeki is a novelist, filmmaker and Zen Buddhist priest. She is the award-winning author of four novels: My Year of Meats, All Over Creation, A Tale for the Time Being and The Book of Form and Emptiness. A Tale for the Time Being (published in 2013) was shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize and translated into 28 languages. She has also written a short memoir, Timecode of a Face. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she teaches creative writing at Smith College.