Hay Festival Book of the Month – November 2022

Hay Festival returned in-person to Hay-on-Wye this year for the first time since 2019. Launching the best new fiction and non-fiction, while offering insights and debate around some of the biggest issues of our times alongside a vibrant programme of music, comedy and performance for all ages, the programme saw 500 speakers take part over 11 days, back to its pre-pandemic scale and attendance.

Now the variety and vibrancy of these guests is brilliantly captured by local photographer Billie Charity in Hay Festival Faces, a new photo book from Graffeg. Character fills the pages of this publication – Britain’s favourite polymath Stephen Fry, musician Jarvis Cocker, Welsh Book of the Year-winner Caryl Lewis, His Dark Materials break-out star Amir Wilson, International Booker Prize-winner Geetanjali Shree, actress and singer Minnie Driver, politician Hillary Rodham Clinton – a full range of what the festival has to offer.

Read it? Let us know what you think on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using #HBOTM.

Buy the book

Further reading

Photographer captures lovely snapshots of hope and joy during the pandemic, Digital Camera World.
Photographer finds artistic beauty in everyday life, Hereford Times.

About the author

Billie Charity is an award-winning portrait and reportage photographer based in Hay-on-Wye. She has worked closely with David Hurn, John Bulmer and Niall McDiarmid. Her clients include the National Trust, the Big Lottery Fund, the Canal and River Trust, the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, the Poets’ Society, Country Living and Faber. Her previous photo books, People of Hay, Colour and Lockdown Light were launched to critical acclaim.

Tell us your favourite book of 2022!

It's that time of year. Journalists, reviewers and cultural pundits are making their selections of the year's best books. But in a year where books have never felt more vital, we want to hear from YOU.

Vote here


Hay Festival's Book of the Month is our monthly recommendation of a book we love and think holds particular resonance. This is our chance to celebrate great works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry year-round.

Throughout the month, we'll share interesting links and articles relating to our selection on social media using #HBOTM and invite you all to get involved with your questions and comments.

If you'd like to recommend a book for consideration, please share on social media using #HBOTM.

Happy reading!