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The Books You Need to Read in 2022

Posted on 23rd December 2021 by Mark Skinner

2021 may have been an incredible year for publishing but the next twelve months look set to be even more spectacular. From the long-awaited new masterpiece from Hanya Yanagihara to eagerly anticipated crime follow-ups from Janice Hallett and Richard Osman, and from riveting non-fiction from Alice Roberts and the Secret Barrister to enthralling children's books by Marcus Rashford and Waterstones Children's Book Prize winner Elle McNicoll, discover our top picks from the three major categories and then explore the individual blogs for even more must-read titles.     


 

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Traversing three centuries and three alternative versions of the American experiment, the author of A Little Life returns with a spellbinding chronicle of love, the meaning of family and the excruciating cost of unattainable dreams.
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From the author of the Booker-winning modern classic Shuggie Bain comes another emotionally powerful and compassionate portrayal of sexuality and community set in urban Glasgow, as two young men on either side of a sectarian divide start to develop feelings for each other.
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Charting the story of a remarkable teacher through the recollections of a former student, this stunning novel from the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sense of an Ending is both a breathtaking testament to the power of human connection and a deeply-felt love letter to philosophy.

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A must for fans of historical fiction, this addictively readable debut merges the Greek myth of Pandora with the milieu of Georgian London where a frustrated young artisan and an ambitious antiquarian scholar find their futures enmeshed with the discovery of an ancient vase that holds secrets as dangerous as they are tempting.
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The author of the beloved and bestselling Queenie returns with another winning combination of laugh-out-loud humour and exquisite character-led drama, as Dimple Pennington prepares to get to know her motley assortment of half-siblings.
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With immense ambition and even greater skill, the author of the bestselling phenomenon The Appeal weaves another completely unique and addictive mystery, revolving around a secret code found in a famous children’s author’s work by an English teacher who subsequently disappears, and her former pupil who years later decides to discover what happened to her.
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Osman's beloved ageing investigators return in another captivating mystery that blends wry wit and deft characterisation with fast-paced, intricate plotting.
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Horowitz's third James Bond thriller is a typically high-octane affair, as 007 - accused of M's murder - is smuggled across the Iron Curtain in a deadly game of subterfuge and double cross with the lethal SMERSH.
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Following up House of Earth and Blood with another smouldering instalment of the Crescent City series, Maas throws Bryce and Hunt into a rebel war from which they will be lucky to escape alive.
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Suffused with African folklore and exquisite, lyrical prose, the incandescent sequel to Marlon James' Black Leopard, Red Wolf revolves around the formidable witch Sogolon and the riddle of a lost child.
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From big tech to breakfast cereal, the iconic author of The Handmaid's Tale and The Testaments dissects the 21st century so far in a series of impish and insightful essays.
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Liptrot follows up the Wainwright Prize-winning nature classic The Outrun with an intensely intimate and erotically charged account of her time looking for love in Berlin that interweaves observations about the city's wildlife with her own compelling narrative.
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From Saturday Night Live to Better Call Saul, Bob Odenkirk recounts the twists and turns of his comedy career with typically witty and irreverent candour.
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From Roman cremations to Christian burials, the anthropologist and author of the bestselling Ancestors explores the ways in which Ancient Britons bade farewell to their dead in an eye-opening slice of popular history.

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From Ice Age Alaska to the birthplace of humanity, palaeobiologist Halliday takes readers on a dazzling tour of deep time to view astounding ancient landscapes of all seven continents.
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Hugely important to the history of the British Isles yet commonly misunderstood and neglected by contemporary audiences, the story of the Celts is finally told in a coherent and engaging fashion by the bestselling author of A Short History of England.
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Reclaiming the life of the man from the political totem that his name has become, Washington Post reporters Samuels and Olurunippa's definitive biography of George Floyd shines an urgent light on systemic racism and inequality in modern America.
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The Secret Barrister returns, this time mixing memoir with jaw-dropping revelation as they chronicle their path from the Bar to Inns of Court and beyond, spotlighting as ever the shocking injustices within the justice system.
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Unequivocally debunking the myth that acts of violence towards women are merely 'isolated incidents,' the groundbreaking author of Everyday Sexism and Men Who Hate Women lays bare the patterns of systemic misogyny that result in shockingly high numbers of women losing their lives.
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Highly readable and brimming with insight, Simon Clark’s eye-opening volume tells the layered story of the air around us, discussing the contributions atmospheric science can make in the debates surrounding the climate today.
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Prepare to experience a magical world full of courageous heroes and warrior unicorns in the first instalment of Steadman's exhilarating series, as young Skandar takes to the skies to battle a deadly enemy.
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The acclaimed winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize returns with a typically imaginative and compassionate story of an Edinburgh full of magical creatures - and the only girl who can see them.
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The breathtaking sequel to former Waterstones Children's Book of the Month Amari and the Night Brothers pitches our formidable heroine into a battle to decide the Night Brothers' successor and avert catastrophe for all magiciankind.
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The third title in the Marcus Rashford Book Club marks the fiction debut of the international footballer and food poverty campaigner himself, as a group of self-styled Breakfast Club Investigators take the twelve-year-old Marcus under their wing.
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The bestselling author of the Waterstones Book of the Year shortlisted They Both Die at the End delivers another Young Adult classic with a scintillating prequel where new star-crossed lovers are put to the test on the first day of Death-Cast's fateful calls.
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Drawing from Persian mythology and filled with romance, danger and subterfuge, the first part of an epic new fantasy trilogy from the author of the Shatter Me series spins a glorious story of a crown prince, a prophecy and the eyes of a young servant girl he cannot get out of his mind.
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In the stunning sequel to the bestselling graphic novel The Sad Ghost Club, things get a little complicated for the two friends when a third ghost wants to join their secret club for those who feel invisible.
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This charming addition to Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's much-loved Tales from Acorn Wood series finds Mole searching high and low for his glasses as young readers help out by lifting the sturdy interactive flaps.
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Few children's authors can get to the heart of their readers' emotions as deftly as Tom Percival, and in The River the author-illustrator of The Invisible and Ruby's Worry finds the perfect metaphor to explore a young boy's ever-changing feelings.
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Having built stories and sketched Christmas with 'Draw With' Rob Biddulph, it is time to animate some animals in this vibrant and addictive activity book for all budding junior artists.
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