From dazzling new debuts to long-awaited returns from bestselling authors, there are a number of brilliant books coming out in 2022. We’ve picked out some of our most-anticipated fiction and non-fiction books of the year. Time to get reading!
The #1 New York Times bestselling author Hanya Yanagihara returns with a new novel To Paradise (Doubleday, January 2022), a three part story about love and loss in utopian America.
Honorée Fanonne Jeffers’ first novel, The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois (HarperCollins, January 2022), charts the history of an African American family from slavery to present, centred on a fictional city: Chicasetta, Georgia.
The Maid(HarperCollins, January 2022) by Nita Prose tells the story of a meticulous hotel maid who discovers a wealthy guest dead in his bed.
Hare House(Pan Macmillan, January 2022) by Sally Hinchcliffe is the story of a recently unemployed teacher who abandons London for small-town life in Dumfries and Galloway. Bad omens appear, and her landlord’s family home, Hare House, looms.
Chris Hammer’s latest crime thriller, Opal Country (Hachette, January 2022), is set in a desolate mining town in the Australian outback. Police struggle to maintain law and order and an opal miner is found crucified and left to rot down his mine.
Susan Stokes-Chapman’s debut novel Pandora (Harvill Secker, January 2022) is set in an old curiosity shop in 1970s London, in which a search for the provenance of an antique vase reveals secrets from the past.
Monica Ali’s latest novel Love Marriage (Hachette, February 2022) is a story about who we are and how we love in today’s Britain, looking at a relationship across two cultures and two families.
The Colony (Faber & Faber, February 2022) by Audrey Magee, set in a remote Irish island in 1979, charts the arrival of two foreign visitors: an English artist and a French linguist. Meanwhile, the mainland is plagued by murders in the midst of the Troubles.
Turning the serial killer narrative on its head, Danya Kukafka's searing second novel Notes on an Execution (Orion, February 2022) focuses on three women whose lives are irrevocably changed by their contact with a brutal murderer on death row.
From the Booker-prizewinning author of Shuggie Bain, comes Douglas Stuart’s second novel,Young Mungo(Picador, April 2022). This is the story of Mungo and James falling in love in 1980s Glaswegian working-class life.
After the huge success of Queenie, Candice Carty-Williams’ highly-anticipated second novel People Person (Trapeze, April 2022), follows Dimple Pennington, a lonely aspiring lifestyle influencer who reunites with her half-siblings after an event and is forced to reconnect with her absent father.
Kate Folk’s debut short story collection Out There(Hodder & Stoughton, April 2022)is a genre-bending look at the human response to the voids in life; internal and external, literal and metaphorical.
We Measure the Earth with Our Bodies (McClelland & Stewart, May 2022) by Tsering Yangzom Lama is a haunting first novel that recounts a Tibetan family’s fifty-year journey through exile and their struggles to forge new lives of dignity, love, and hope.
Sandra Newman, author of The Heavens, releases her latest novel,The Men(Granta, June 2022) — a work of speculative fiction where men mysteriously disappear overnight from Earth.
Set in the months leading up to the 2018 nuclear missile false alarm,Nuclear Family(Counterpoint, June 2022) by Joseph Han follows a Korean American family living in Hawai’i whose eldest son attempts to run across the Demilitarized Zone into North Korea.
Other People’s Clothes(Hodder & Stoughton, July 2022) is Calla Henkel’s debut novel. Set in Berlin, Other People's Clothes focuses on a sinister game of deception played out between two American art students and their enigmatic thriller writer landlady.
Brother Alive(Grove Atlantic, July 2022) is Zain Khalid’s debut novel about family, sexuality, and capitalist systems of control following three adopted brothers who live above a mosque in Staten Island with their father.
Shy: How Being Quiet Can Lead to Success (HarperCollins, January 2022) by Annie Ridout explores how being shy can be a gift, despite what society tells us. Interweaving personal experience with expertise from clinical psychologists, Annie explores why shyness affects some more than others and recasts our understanding of this often-misunderstood attribute.
The Man Who Tasted Words (Macmillan, February 2022) by Guy Leschziner is the extraordinary casebook of remarkable real-life neurological phenomena — from a girl who sees every music note as a colour, to a man for whom the words Tottenham Court Road taste of sausage, egg and toast.
The French historian Ivan Jablonka’s latest work, A History of Masculinity: From Patriarchy to Gender Justice (Allen Lane, February 2022), translated by Nathan Bracher, re-examines the patriarchy and its impact on men. Arguing that it’s high time for men to be as involved in gender justice as women, Jablonka shows that in order to build a more equal and respectful society, we must gain a deeper understanding of the structure of patriarchy.
From cultural icon and author Margaret Atwood comes Burning Questions (Chatto & Windus, March 2022), a collection of essays dissecting the 21st century from debt to tech, the climate crisis to freedom.
Laura Bates’ latest book, Fix the System, Not the Women(Simon & Schuster, May 2022), lays bare the patterns of misogyny that harm and endanger society and exposes the systemic prejudice at the heart of five key institutions in our society: education, politics, media, policing and criminal justice.
In her fierce and moving book, Tenants: The People on the Frontline of Britain's Housing Emergency(Profile Books,May 2022), journalist Vicky Spratt traces decades of bad policy decisions to show how and why the British dream of homeownership has withered and the safety net of social housing has broken. Through the lives of those in the renting trap, she illuminates the ways this crisis is devastating our health, communities and political landscape
A Visible Man (Bloomsbury, September 2022) by Edward Enninful traces an astonishing journey into the world’s most exclusive industry. Enninful candidly shares how as a Black, gay, working-class refugee, he found in fashion not only a home but the freedom to share with people the world as he saw it.
In his latest book,Novelist as a Vocation (Harvill Secker, November 2022), Haruki Murakami explores his craft by musing upon the qualities a novelist needs such as endurance and delight in the process as well as laying out his own methods. He covers topics such as originality, finding your own style, creating characters and links between literature, music and art.