28 December, 2021
2022 Books
2022 Books

12 Books We Can’t Wait To Read In 2022

28 December, 2021
2022 Books

Nothing like a fresh book to start the new year with! Here are the new releases we’ll be adding to our 2022 reading list.

Determined to finally make good on that resolution to read more books this year? You’ve come to the right place! Ahead we’re sharing all the new releases we’ll be adding to our reading list. You’ll be flipping through pages in no time! From surprising lessons on self-motivation to thought-provoking existential thrillers and inspiring feminist memoirs, keep scrolling for 12 books we’re looking forward to reading in 2022.

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2022 Books: Get It Done

Get It Done by Ayelet Fishbach

Self-motivation is never easy, a sentiment that has been made particularly true during the pandemic. How do you know where to start? How do you carry on in the face of obstacles? How do you decide what to prioritise when faced with so many responsibilities, needs and desires? Psychologist and behavioural scientist Ayelet Fishbach presents a new framework for self-motivated actions, providing answers to these questions that seem to constantly plague us. Filled with research from the motivation science field and emotional stories of people who have learned to motivate themselves, this book teaches you invaluable strategies for achieving your goals.

Get It Done will be available from Tuesday, 4 January, 2022. Head here to pre-order.

2022 Books: This is Vegan Propaganda

This is Vegan Propoganda (And Other Lies the Meat Industry Tells You) by Ed Winters

Every time we put food on the table and into our mouths, we have the power to change the world that we live in. Our choices can help alleviate some of the many environmental issues we face today like the climate crisis and the exploitation of both humans and animals. This book is for vegan and vegan sceptics alike, based on years of research and conversations with slaughterhouse workers, farmers, philosophers, environmentalists, and everyday consumers. Winters will give you the tools to understand the environmental issues at stake and what role our diets can play in it. ‘This is Vegan Propaganda’ is the perfect read to begin your Veganuary journey (and potentially go beyond that).

This is Vegan Propoganda will be available from Thursday, 6 January, 2022. Head here to pre-order.

2022 Books: Chronicles of a Cairo Bookshelf

Chronicles of a Cairo Bookseller by Nadia Wassef

In Egypt 2002, Nadia Wassef, her sister Hind, and their friend Nihal founded Diwan, a fiercely independent bookstore. They were three young women with no business degrees, no formal training, and nothing to lose. At the time of Diwan’s founding, the Egyptian culture was dying under government mismanagement, and books were considered a luxury, not a necessity. Ten years later, Diwan had become wildly popular with 10 locations and 150 employees. Hilarious and fresh, Wassef’s memoir tells the story of this journey, filled with an eclectic cast of characters. Chronicles of a Cairo Bookseller is not just a memoir about starting a business, but also a portrait of a country throwing itself towards revolution and the feminist battle cry in Egypt that is just beginning to be heard.

Chronicles of a Cairo Bookseller will available from Thursday, 13 January, 2022. Head here to pre-order.

2022 Books: The Betrayal of Anne Frank

The Betrayal of Anne Frank: A Cold Case Investigation by Rosemary Sullivan

The Diary Of A Young Girl, the journal that teenage Anne Frank kept while living in an attic during World War II, has captured the minds of millions, but no one has ever been able to explain how eight people managed to live in hiding for over two years and who or what finally brought the Nazis to their door. This book captures the story of a group of investigators trying to find this out, and details the behaviour of captives, captors and a group of suspects. Now, thanks to technological advancements and the painstaking work of retired FBI agent Vincent Pankoke, The Betrayal of Anne Frank may just offer the answers.

The Betrayal of Anne Frank will available from Tuesday, 18 January, 2022. Head here to pre-order.

2022 Books: The Anomaly

The Anomaly by Hervé le Tellier

This international phenomenon and 1-million-copy bestseller is now finally available in English! When Air France flight 006 enters a terrifying storm, the plane duplicates, leaving every passenger onboard that day to have a double — the same mind, body, and memories! The only thing that separates the doubles is that one plane leaves the storm in March and the other doesn’t land until June. No politician, science or religion can explain this inexplicable phenomenon, and for the passengers, they must answer the question of what happens to them now that their life is shared. The Anomaly is an existential thriller like no other, making readers question, what does it really mean to be me?

The Anomaly will be available from Thursday, 20 January, 2022. Head here to pre-order.

2022 Books: Mala's Cat

Mala’s Cat by Mala Kacenberg

In her Polish village of Tarnogrod, Mala has the happiest child she could hope for – but this all changes when the German invasion begins. To help her starving family and friends, she risks sneaking out to the surrounding villages to barter for food. It is when she returns that she sees her loved ones being rounded up for deportation. Left only with her cat, Malach, Mala loses everything she holds near and dear. She finds a way to navigate the dangerous forests, outwit German soldiers and hostile villagers, and miraculously survives. This is a deeply moving story about how one little girl (with the help of her cat) survives during the Holocaust.

Mala’s Cat will be available from Thursday, 20 January, 2022. Head here to pre-order.

2022 Books: Black Cake

Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson

Charmaine Wilkerson’s stunning debut novel is about a mother in California, Eleanor Bennett, who passes away and leaves her two children a traditional Caribbean black cake and a voice recording as their inheritance. In her message, Eleanor tells the story of a young swimmer who escapes an island (the same island she grew up on) under suspicion of murder. Through this evocative tale, Eleanor unfolds her secrets: the mystery of a long-lost child, and presents challenges to everything the siblings thought they knew about their mother and themselves. Black Cake is also in development as a Hulu original series, so make sure you pick up the book before the show comes out, so you can claim the ever-elusive, “I read it before it became popular”. Black Cake is a beautifully written book, that captures an extraordinary journey of changing family life.

Black Cake will be available from Tuesday, 1 February, 2022. Head here to pre-order.

2022 Books: Wivenhoe

Wivenhoe by Samuel Fisher

Wivenhoe is an evocative novel set in a dystopian present, in a world that is slowly waking up to the fact that it is living through an environmental disaster. The novel begins with a young man who is found brutally murdered in the middle of Wivenhoe, another man standing over his body with an axe in hand. A riveting story that takes place over twenty-four hours and is told through the voices of a mother and her son who recount the tale of how one small community reacts to social breakdown. Fisher raises an important question that many of us may be soon facing in our ever-changing world: if society as we know it is lost, what would try to save?

Wivenhoe will be available from Thursday, 3 February, 2022. Head here to pre-order.

2022 Books: Love Marriage

Love Marriage by Monica Ali

Love Marriage is a story about very different families thrown together by the engagement between two doctors working in the same hospital – Yasmin and Joe. Yasmin is the daughter of a south London GP and Joe is the son of famous feminist writer, Harriet Sangster. As the wedding day draws closer, both families must confront the exposure of long-held secrets, lives, and betrayals. This novel captures the many complications and contradictions of life, skirting the line between social comedy and a breathtaking tale of two cultures, two families, and two people trying to understand one another.

Love Marriage will be available from Thursday, 3 February, 2022. Head here to pre-order.

2022 Books: The Swimmers

The Swimmers by Julie Otsuka

The Swimmers follows a group of obsessed recreational swimmers who suddenly find themselves cast out into an unforgiving world without comfort or relief when a crack appears at the bottom of their pool. Although they are unknown to one another, each swimmer takes solace in their morning or afternoon laps. One of these swimmers is Alice, for whom the pool was a final stand against her slowly encroaching dementia. Without the routine of her daily laps, she is plunged into the chaos of the memories of her childhood and her time at the Japanese American incarceration camp. This novel is a haunting, intimate story of mothers and daughters and the sorrows of loss.

The Swimmers will be available from Tuesday, 22 February, 2022. Head here to pre-order.

2022 Books: Single Bald Female

Single Bald Female by Laura Price

Jessica has been following the script for turning 30 – to a tee. She has a successful career, a loving boyfriend and a cosy London flat. But, a sudden breast cancer diagnosis turns her life upside down, and all of those milestones suddenly slip through her fingers. The rest of her friends seem to all be continuing on the path Jess was supposed to be on – the big white weddings and the happy pregnancies. Jess’ future is filled with uncertainty, at least, until she meets Annabel, an enigmatic 27-year-old with incurable cancer, who is determined to show Jess the importance of making every day count.

Single Bald Female will be available from Thursday, 14 April, 2022. Head here to pre-order.

2022 Books: Attic Child

The Attic Child by Lola Jayne

The Attic Child tells the tale of two children trapped in the same attic bound by a secret, almost a century apart. In 1907, 12-year-old Celestine spends most of his time locked in an attic of a large house by the sea. He has been taken from his homeland and is treated as a slave. He dreams of his family in Africa, but memories of his family and even his identity, slowly begin to fade. Decades later, Lowra, an orphan girl born into wealth and privilege will find herself trapped in that same attic and slowly begins to realise that she was not the first child to be imprisoned there. Jaye weaves together a story that is hauntingly powerful and expertly captures themes of love, loss, identity, and belonging.

The Attic Child will be available from Thursday, 28 April, 2022. Head here to pre-order.

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