And the 2022 Dymocks Book of the Year is…

If you’ve been looking for a book that has the booksellers raving then its time to check out the Dymocks Book of the Year winners.

On Monday 28 November, the Dymock’s team announced the 2022 Book of the Year and Young Readers Book of the Year as voted for by Dymocks staff across the company.

Bonnie Garmus took out the Book of the Year with her book Lessons in Chemistrythe tale of a female chemist who finds herself the reluctant star of the Supper at Six cooking show where her unusual approach to cooking (‘combine one tablespoon of acetic acid with a pinch of sodium chloride’) is turning heads.

Kate Mayor, the Dymocks Fiction Category Manager, said “Lessons in Chemistry is a cracker of a novel that ticks all the boxes of a great read – you won’t want to look up once you start, you’ll want to give it to everyone you know, you’ll enjoy it immensely and learn from it, and you’ll have a new favourite literary heroine.”

Meanwhile, local legend Craig Silvey took out the Young Readers Book of the Year with his book Runt, a heartwarming story about young Annie and her dog Runt, and their goal to save her family’s farm. Annie enters Runt in a Agility Course Grand Championship, but there’s a problem – Runt will only obey Annie’s commands if nobody else is watching!

Hsu Tin, the Dymocks Children’s Category Manager, said “Runt is so very deserving of our first Dymocks Younger Readers Book of the Year Award. It is simply a standout story that is a charming reminder that there is always good in the world. I promise you; it will warm your heart and soul.”

You can read more about the winners and all the shortlisted titles here.

Jess Gately

Jess Gately is a freelance editor and writer with a particular love for speculative fiction and graphic novels.