Caboodle Firsts: Read one of 100 copies of Ruth Ozeki's The Book of Form and Emptiness before it's out

The Book of Form and Emptiness

We're giving 100 Caboodlers the chance to read the brilliantly inventive The Book of Form and Emptiness, by the Man Booker-shortlisted author of A Tale for the Time Being, before it's out in September. 

"When a book and a reader are meant for each other, both of them know it."

One year after the death of his beloved musician father, thirteen-year-old Benny Oh begins to hear voices. The voices belong to the things in his house – a sneaker, a broken Christmas ornament, a piece of wilted lettuce. Although Benny doesn’t understand what these things are saying, he can sense their emotional tone; some are pleasant, a gentle hum or coo, but others are snide, angry and full of pain. When his mother develops a hoarding problem, the voices grow more clamorous.

At first Benny tries to ignore them, but soon the voices follow him outside the house, onto the street and at school, driving him at last to seek refuge in the silence of a large public library, where objects are well-behaved and know to speak in whispers. There, he falls in love with a mesmerising street artist with a smug pet ferret, who uses the library as her performance space. He meets a homeless philosopher-poet, who encourages him to ask important questions and find his own voice amongst the many.

And he meets his very own Book – a talking thing – who narrates Benny’s life and teaches him to listen to the things that truly matter.

The Book of Form and Emptiness blends unforgettable characters, riveting plot and vibrant engagement with everything from jazz to climate change to our attachment to material possessions. This is classic Ruth Ozeki – bold, humane and heartbreaking.

"Heart-breaking and heart-healing – a book to not only keep us absorbed but also to help us think and love and live and listen." - Matt Haig, author of The Midnight Library

This month, Ruth Ozeki's also joined us as Book Doctor to prescribe just the right read for any mood or occasion.

Read the first chapter

 

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Get your copy

Enter now and collect 5 Caboodle Points. This competition will close after 19/08/2021.

Terms and Conditions

100 x Caboodle users will receive a copy of The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki

  • Closing date: 11:59pm, Thursday 19th August 2021.
  • No purchase necessary.
  • Only one entry per person will be accepted. Entrants may not win more than one prize.
  • The competition is open to UK and Republic of Ireland residents except employees of the Booksellers Association and Book Tokens Ltd., their families, employees of participating bookshops, and anyone else connected with this promotion.
  • Entrants must be aged 16 or over.
  • The Promoter accepts no responsibility for entries that are incomplete, illegible, incorrect, corrupted or fail to reach the Promoter by the closing date for any reason. Automatically generated entries or entries via third parties are invalid and shall not be considered.
  • Entrants agree to the Promoter using their details in post-competition publicity. Your details will not be used for any other purpose, or passed onto any third parties, unless specified. Winners’ details will be shared securely with a third party (such as the publisher) in order to fulfil the dispatch of prizes.
  • Entrants will automatically collect 5 Caboodle Points. Find out more about How Caboodle Works.
  • The prizes are non-transferable and there are no cash alternatives, and are subject to availability. The Promoter reserves the right to amend the specification of the prize or offer an alternative prize. In exceptional circumstances, the Promoter reserves the right to foreclose the competition without notice.
  • Prizes are sent to winners prior to publication and so the cover may differ from the image shown, and may be an uncorrected proof copy.
  • The Promoter accepts no responsibility for winners not receiving the prize before stated publication date due to prize unavailability from the publisher, technical issue resulting in a delay from the publisher, or for any other reason.
  • The Promoter will choose winners at random from all qualifying entries.
  • Winners will receive the prize to the address they provided upon entering.
  • The Promoter will contact winners by email shortly after the closing date to inform them that their prize is on its way. Unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted.
  • The Promoter reserves the right to allocate the prize to another winner, or foreclose the prize.
  • The Promoter accepts no responsibility for winners not receiving the Promoter’s communications due to their spam filter, accidental deletion, incorrect postal address or email provided, or for any other reason. In the event of this, the Promoter is unable to provide compensation.
  • The Promoter accepts no responsibility for winners not receiving their prize once it has been dispatched. On a case-by-case basis, the Promoter will do their best to compensate the winner but regretfully this may not always be possible.
  • The Promoter’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • The Promoter will only use your email address and other personal information as outlined in our privacy policy.
  • Promoter: Book Tokens Ltd, 6 Bell Yard, London, WC2A 2JR.
  • Due to the ongoing pandemic (COVID-19), prizes may be delayed in being dispatched; there may be a delay in contacting winners; and there may be unavoidable issues that mean the Promoter needs to amend the specification of the prize or offer an alternative prize.

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