Autumn Readings – The Best New Books of 2022

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Kate Atkinson’s Temple of Joy

The Life After Life and Jackson Brodie award-winning writers return with a dazzling tale of 1920s London. “Queen of Clubs” Nellie Kirk is released from prison and returns to her Soho empire with ambitions for her different descendants, but with rivals and a dedicated police officer planning to bring her down…

September 27, Transworld

“Passengers and Stella Maris” by Cormac McCarthy

Passengers by Cormac McCarthy (Provided)

Passengers by Cormac McCarthy (Provided)

It’s been 16 years since McCarthy’s devastating final novel The Road, and this fall he returns with two highly anticipated companion titles: Passengers (Oct. 25) and Stella Maris (Dec. 6). ). These two books on life and death, philosophy, morality and the sin of the father will become synonymous with 2022.

Pre-order now, Picador

“Portrait of Marriage” by Maggie O’Farrell

“Portrait of Marriage” by Maggie O’Farrell (Provided)

O’Farrell’s fans were evangelistic about her books, including the Hamnet Prize for Women in Fiction, but even they declared “Portrait of Marriage” her greatest book yet. Set in Renaissance Italy, a young Lucrezia de Medici is forced into an uncertain marriage and surrounded by political intrigue – fascinating and delicious – it’s autumn The ultimate in reading.

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Stephen King’s fairy tales

Need some great escapism? Fairy tales are like 17-year-old Charlie being handed the keys to another universe (this is the King’s special time travel book 11.22.63), where good and evil fight a fierce battle. Written in the early days of lockdown, with a loyal dog, a grieving hero, childhood fears and dreams come true (plus a ton of Easter eggs for King fans), the King at his best.

Come out now, Hodder and Stoughton

best friend camila shamsi

Best of Friends by Kamila Shamsie (Provided)

Best of Friends by Kamila Shamsie (Provided)

Shamsie follows up on her 2018 Women’s Fiction Award-winning Family Fire – Teenage Best Friends in the Eighties with the story of Maryam and Zahra

Karachi – Their relationship is defined by instant decisions. Exploring the complexities of women’s friendships against the politically explosive backdrop of Britain and Pakistan, this is a wonderfully twisted tale.

September 27, Bloomsbury

Erin Kelly’s Master Key

Ushering in a new wave of inherited stories of broken families (see Jean Hanff Korelitz’s recently released The Latecomer and next year’s Jenny Jackson’s Pineapple Street), Erin Kelly’s The Skeleton Key is the ultimate entertainment thriller. Half a century ago, Erin’s father wrote a picture book/treasure hunt that caused a national sensation when readers searched England for the tiny golden bones of a female skeleton. Now the book is being reissued, with a new hunt.

Come out now, Hodder and Stoughton

Jonathan Cor’s Burnville

From Oh, Divide! To the Midlands, Coe’s book manages to uncover the rot at the heart of British society, exploring how the actions of selfish politicians and billionaires can disrupt ordinary life. Mary Lamb’s (Bournville) story moves from VE Day 1945 to the post-lockdown reality of 2020 to build a compelling social history filled with Coe’s unparalleled humor, love, and white-hot rage.

November 3, Vikings

hollybone’s girlfriend

Like Shamila Kamsie’s Best Of Friends, Girl Friends puts complex female relationships front and center. Fern, 31, is a successful writer and her estranged teenage best friend Jessica shows up at her autograph session. Their adult reunion uncovers the jealousy and self-hatred of Fern’s youth, but is everything as clear as it seems, or is there something more at play? Bourne reveals the extent to which women internalize misogyny.

September 8, Hodder & Stoughton

Donna Freed’s Duplicity

Radio Gorgeous podcast host Donna Freed was six when her sister casually told her she had been adopted. Eventually tracking her adoption journey into adulthood, she uncovers a series of conspiracies, insurance fraud and scammers, a CIA investigation, and the revelation of her adoption by the Louis Wise Service (notorious for experimentally splitting twins and triplets). ). The duplicity also raises some fundamental questions about what makes us.

November 10, Muswell Press

Babel of RF Kuang

Blending dark academia with magic and legend, Tower of Babel is a novel by the author of Poppy Wars that explores colonialism, power, sacrifice and exploitation. Set in another Oxford in 1836, Robin, a Chinese orphan, finds himself caught between helping a ruined empire and betraying his motherland. Ambitious, comprehensive and thought-provoking, this will become one of the biggest fantasy epics of the fall.

Come out now, Harper Voyager

Celeste Ng Our missing heart

Celeste Ng Our Missing Heart(Provided)

Celeste Ng Our Missing Heart(Provided)

The new book from the author of Little Fires Everywhere is instantly gripping and heartbreaking for dissidents. As a result, 12-year-old Bird hadn’t seen his mother for three years, but when he got word from her — a painting full of cats — he started trying to find her.

October 4th, Brown Jr.

“Blind of Light” by Georgina Clark

Clark’s indie thriller, beloved by book critics, was inspired by the “Forty Thieves”, a real-life all-female gang that ruled London in the early 20th century. With a hint of killing night, conscientious journalist Harriet becomes obsessed with one of the thieves, Ruby Mill, and what it really means to be an independent woman.

November 17, Verve

Heart of Rob Delaney

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The Heart of Rob Delaney’s Work(Provided)

Comedian and actor Rob Delaney’s son Henry died at the age of two-and-a-half after being diagnosed with a brain tumor. In this memoir, Delaney explores grief, anger and rage, but his main focus is love. And how the love that continues to surround Henry endures and sustains him and his family, and why hope can survive even in humanity’s darkest hours.

October 20, Coronet

A Night Shared by Mariana Enriquez (Translated by Meghan McDowell)

At a whopping 724 pages, “Our Nights” links Stephen King’s horrors to the history and consequences of Argentina’s military dictatorship, which caused thousands to “disappear”. Tracking the escape of father and son Juan and Gaspar from the Terrible Order (which also happens to be related to Gaspar’s mother), this horror novel is a must-read and is also being adapted into an anticipated TV series.

Granta, October 13

Matthew Perry’s Friends, Lovers and Scary Things

Friends, Lovers, and Terrible Events by Matthew Perry (Provided)

Friends, Lovers, and Terrible Events by Matthew Perry (Provided)

If you’re expecting the average celebrity memoir, you haven’t considered Matthew Perry. Playing a role on the world’s biggest sitcom, Perry rose to fame beyond the rest of us—while other friends found a way out of the madness, Perry became addicted to alcohol and opiates. This book is his honest and open exploration of his darkest times and how he came out of the other side.

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Just Sayin’: My Life in Words by Malorie Blackman

Just Say It': The Literary Life of Malorie Blackman (Provided)

Just Say It’: The Literary Life of Malorie Blackman (Provided)

Noughts & Crosses author and former Children’s Award winner Malorie Blackman has written a witty, human and insightful memoir as she deals with a life filled with many successes and setbacks. Through reflections on everything from racism to health care to writing, the book aims to strengthen its readers’ self-confidence — and while doing so, it’s pretty gorgeous.

October 20, Merky

Sometimes people die by Simon Stephenson

As a former doctor-turned-screenwriter, Simon Stephenson’s life is fascinating in itself (his first book was about his brother killed in the Indian Ocean tsunami, he lived in a murder house in Los Angeles, and he wrote for Paddington 2 was written). It all happens in this fast-paced thriller about an unknown and disgraced hospital doctor who begins to suspect the murder of his patient.

Out Now, Borough Press

Faith, Hope, and Carnage by Nick Cave and Sean O’Hagan

Faith, Hope and Carnage by Nick Cave and Seán O'Hagan (Provided)

Faith, Hope and Carnage by Nick Cave and Seán O’Hagan (Provided)

Anyone who’s read Nick Cave’s regular Red Hand Files site will know that the singer, songwriter, and author can handle life’s saddest and most uplifting moments with humor, candor, and wit. Based on conversations between Cave and his friend, Observer journalist Seán O’Hagan, the book explores everything from creative discipline to family loss.

September 20, Canongate

Ian McEwan’s lessons

Like Jonathan Coe’s Burnwell, “Lessons” recounts some of the world’s most famous historical moments: from fears of Chernobyl and the Cuban missile crisis to 9/11’s Brexit and Covid. Telling the story of Roland’s life, it combines the personal and the political for a moving reflection on the life lessons that ultimately really matter.

September 13, Vintage

Euphoria by Elin Cullhed (Translated by Jennifer Hayashida)

A fictional reimagining of the last year of poet and author Sylvia Plath’s life, Happiness is about the rift between motherhood, love and creativity, but also a celebration of Plath’s power. Released on Plath’s 90th birthday, Euphoria also won Sweden’s biggest book prize: the August 2021 Fiction Prize.

October 6, Canongate

Demon Copperfish by Barbara Kingsolver

The acclaimed author of “Flying Acts,” “The Hollow,” and “The Poisonwood Bible” has turned to Dickens as the inspiration for her latest novel. Reimagining David Copperfield, she explores poverty and the opioid crisis in the Appalachian Mountains of southern Virginia while creating a plethora of characters.

Faber on October 18

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