Claire’s Books of the Year 2022
Selected by Claire Williams
What a long feeling year but I am so grateful for the books it has delivered. Two of the best novels came early on, in Ali Smith's Companion Piece and Sheila Heti's Pure Colour – two authors making different but equally thrilling work. There was some vital queer non-fiction from Juliet Jacques, her journalism finally collected into one volume (thank you Cipher Press!) and Michelle Tea, whose humour and openness I adore. My favourite cookbook came from the irresistible Jeremy Lee who lit up the room when he came to the shop in September, as did Victoria Adukwei Bulley when she read from her collection Quiet – hands down my favourite poetry collection of the year. And there were two books that got me thinking in new ways in different rooms at home: Sam Johnson-Schlee's Living Rooms is a brilliant and multi-layered essay about our homes, how we make them and what we make of them; and to the kitchen and beyond with my Book of the Year, Small Fires by Rebecca May Johnson, who blows up the kitchen with her extraordinary, genre-defying exploration of cooking as thinking.