The year 2022 surrounded by book jackets

January

Fiction

Wahala by Nikki May (6 Jan)

Set to be one of the most talked-about books of the year, this debut novel is an explosive tale of love, race and family. Fearlessly political about class, colourism and clothes, Wahala follows three mixed-race friends living in London and is soon to be a major BBC series.

The Book of Sand by Theo Clare (6 Jan)

In this unique, compelling novel a group of extraordinary characters are driven to the very limit of their endurance in two very different worlds. Willing to fight to the death, only the strongest will survive. An audacious standout, The Book of Sand is lyrical and devastating.

Pandora by Susan Stokes-Chapman (27 Jan)

 

An immersive and gripping historical novel set in Georgian London, the discovery of a mysterious ancient Greek vase sets in motion conspiracies, revelations and romance. Atmospheric and addictive, Pandora is a story of secrets and deception, fate and hope.

Non-Fiction

Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before? by Dr Julie Smith (6 Jan)

Drawing on years of experience as a clinical psychologist, online sensation Dr Julie Smith shares her expert advice and powerful coping techniques in this warm, insightful book. Written in bite-sized entries on topics from anxiety to low mood to motivation, it tackles issues that affect us all and offers practical solutions to help.

Bigger Than Us by Fearne Cotton (20 Jan)

In her latest book, Fearne Cotton shares the insight of wise minds and what they can teach us about happiness, connection and hope. For anyone seeking a path through life, Bigger Than Us offers inspiration for tapping into the strength and comfort around us and for releasing the blocks and insecurities that hold us back.

Worn by Sofi Thanhauser (25 Jan)

Tracing the origins of garment-making through time and around the world, Worn explores the social, economic and environmental impact of our clothes. Through the stories of linen, cotton, silk, synthetics and wool, it looks beyond care labels to show how clothes reveal the truth about what we really care about.

Audio

The Lost Sounds by Robert Macfarlane, Jackie Morris and Chris Watson

From woodland to moorland to the sea, Britain is home to a vast array of natural settings – each with its own unique sounds. With a foreword by Robert Macfarlane, artwork by Jackie Morris and a fascinating ‘making of’ interview with sound recordist Chris Watson, The Lost Sounds is an immersive natural listening experience, taking you across the UK through the sounds of nature.

Children's and YA

Peppa Pig: Peppa’s Royal Party (6 Jan)

It’s the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, and Peppa Pig and her friends have been invited to the royal garden party! They’re so excited but when they arrive, there’s been a huge mix up. Can Peppa help save the day?

The Green Planet by Leisa Stewart-Sharpe & Kim Smith (6 Jan)

Wannabe naturalists will love this non-fiction book that delves into the hidden world of plants. From caring for each other to tricking animals into working for them, plants are truly incredible.

Leonora Bolt: Secret Inventor by Lucy Brandt & Gladys Jose (20 Jan)

Leonora Bolt is only nine years old but she’s already a super talented inventor. She loves spending her days in her top-secret laboratory. But her Uncle Luther has been watching her closely, and has an evil plan for Leonora’s greatest invention yet…

February

Fiction

Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson (3 Feb)

Juggling lives and crossing continents, Black Cake is an extraordinary story of how the inheritance of secrets, betrayal and memoires can shape a family for generations. Soon to be a major Hulu series produced by Oprah, this unforgettable debut is as moving as it is delicious.

The Herd by Emily Edwards (3 Feb)

A thought-provoking novel set to spark hot debates, The Herd is about two best friends. Godmothers to each other’s daughters, little do they know they differ radically over one very important issue. When one of them, afraid of being judged, tells what is supposed to be a harmless white lie, the consequences are catastrophic.

When We Were Birds by Ayanna Lloyd Banwo (10 Feb)

In When We Were Birds we meet a down-on-his-luck gravedigger and a woman whose mother is dying. Their destinies intertwined, both have something that the other needs. Rich with magic and wisdom, it is an exuberant tale of loss and renewal that explores what it means to love and be loved.

Again, Rachel by Marian Keyes (17 Feb)

Twenty-five years after the iconic bestseller Rachel’s Holiday burst into our lives, Rachel is back in Marian Keyes’ hilarious, heart-warming sequel. These days Rachel thought she was settled… but with the reappearance of a man she’d once loved, is she about to discover that no matter what our age, everything can change?

Run And Hide by Pankaj Mishra (24 Feb)

Run and Hide is the story of three friends who soar from humble beginnings to sky-high success in an age of upheaval and breakdown. But someone is about to pay for their many transgressions. A searing examination of rampant materialism and spiritual bankruptcy, it is a shimmering tale for our times.

Non-Fiction

Otherlands by Thomas Halliday (1 Feb)

Journey back in time to the dawn of complex life with award-winning palaeobiologist Thomas Halliday’s staggering history of life on Earth. An exhilarating exploration of the worlds that were here before ours, Otherlands immerses us in a series of distant eras and ancient landscapes.

Are You Really OK?  by Stacey Dooley (3 Feb)

In this powerful book, Stacey Dooley opens up the conversation about mental health in young people, to challenge the stigma and stereotypes around it. Working in collaboration with medical experts, campaigners and charities, she talks to those directly affected to help tell their stories and shine a light on the factors that play a part.

Block, Delete, Move On by LalalaLetMeExplain (10 Feb)

Good news: it’s not you, it’s them. This is not a dating book that promises to find you a person to love; instead, it will help you to identify the troublesome ones before it’s too late. It will empower you to recognise your worth and see that it’s perfectly possible to be contentedly single, too.

Children's and YA

Bluey: Grannies (3 Feb)

Bluey and her sister Bingo have decided to dress up as grannies. But in the middle of their game, they come across a very important question: can grannies dance? This book is perfect for fans of the hit Aussie TV series.

Hey Duggee: The World Book Day Badge (17 Feb)

The Squirrels are trying to decide which book they’d like Duggee to read to celebrate World Book Day. Trouble is they can’t seem to make up their minds! Should they choose a story about a clown or a detective? Or should they just make up their own story?

Rocket Rules: Ten Little Ways to Think Big! by Nathan Bryon & Dapo Adeola (17 Feb)

Rocket from Nathan Bryon and Dapo Adeola’s award-winning story Look Up! is back and this time, she’s got ten rules for living life in the best way possible. Created for World Book Day 2022, this book will inspire young readers to think big.

March

Fiction

The Promise by Damon Galgut (3 March)

Winner of the 2021 Booker Prize, The Promise charts the crash and burn of a white South African family. As time passes, one question hovers over them: can you ever escape the repercussions of a broken promise? In this confident, deft and quietly powerful novel, sharp and tender emotional truths hit home.

The School for Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan (3 March)

In this timely, remarkable debut, the state has decided that a mother is not fit to care for her daughter and must be re-trained. Soon, mothers everywhere will be re-educated. Impossible to put down, The School for Good Mothers is an explosive novel about love and the pressures of perfectionism, parenthood and privilege.

Run Rose Run by Dolly Parton and James Patterson (7 March)

From America’s beloved superstar and one of its great storytellers comes an exciting thriller about a young singer-songwriter on the rise – and on the run. Desperate to escape her troubled past, she’s determined to do whatever it takes to survive.

Stepping Up by Sarah Turner (17 March)

When an unspeakable tragedy turns Beth’s life upside down, it’s not long before she feels seriously out of her depth. But with the help of her best friend and neighbour, this time she’s determined she’s not giving up. Funny and tender, it is a story about digging deep and finding magic in things that were there all along.

French Braid by Anne Tyler (24 March)

The major new novel from Anne Tyler, French Braid is a brilliantly perceptive, painfully true and funny journey deep into one family’s foibles, from the 1950s right up to the changed world of today. Faultless and profound, it is a moving meditation on the small moments that can make up a life and shape the future.

Yinka, Where Is Your Huzband? By Lizzie Damilola Blackburn (31 March)

This hotly anticipated debut is total joy to read. When Yinka’s cousin gets engaged, she forms a plan to find herself a date. Warm, witty and bursting with charm, it’s a story of friendship, family, romance – and learning to love yourself.

Non-Fiction

Ammu by Asma Khan (17 March)

Asma Khan’s Ammu, her mother, is the centre of their family. This book is a tribute to the simple home-cooking from her kitchen in Calcutta. These Indian dishes will bring warmth to your kitchen when you need a quick meal to share with family and friends – food to comfort, restore and nourish.

Every Family Has A Story by Julia Samuel (17 March)

Every Family Has A Story sees bestselling psychotherapist Julia Samuel turn from her work with individuals to sessions with a wide variety of families. Diving deep into eight case studies, she analyses a range of issues including separation, step-relationships, leaving home and loss. Showing how there can be forgiveness and learning amidst trauma and hardship, this is an honest and compassionate meditation on what we inherit and how we can create the families we wish for.

The Shame Machine by Cathy O’Neil (22 March)

In this revelatory book, Cathy O’Neil argues that shame is being weaponized by governments and corporations to attack the most vulnerable. With clarity and nuance, she dissects the relationship between shame and power. Who does the system serve? And, most importantly, how can we all fight back?

Horizons by James Poskett (24 March)

Horizons is a radical retelling of the history of science. Challenging both the existing Eurocentric narrative and our perceptions of revered individuals, it also celebrates the work of scientists neglected by history. In this ambitious, remarkable read, James Poskett reveals that scientific advancement is, and has always been, a global endeavour.

A Line Above the Sky by Helen Mort (24 March)

A Line Above the Sky blends memoir and nature writing to ask why humans are drawn to danger, and how we can find freedom in pushing our limits. It is a visceral love letter to losing oneself in physicality, whether climbing a mountain or bringing a child into the world, and an unforgettable celebration of womanhood in all its forms.

The Ship Asunder by Thomas Nancollas (31 March)

In this moving and original new history, Tom Nancollas goes in search of 11 relics that together tell the story of Britain at sea. From the swallowtail prow of a Bronze Age vessel to a stone ship moored at Baroque quayside, each one illuminates a distinct phase of our adventures upon the waves and brings us closer to the people, places and vessels that made a maritime nation. 

Children's and YA

Gretel the Wonder Mammoth by Kim Hillyard (3 Mar)

After waking up and breaking free from her icy shell, Gretel learns she is the last surviving mammoth in the world. Everyone wants to meet her! But Gretel soon feels overwhelmed and isn’t sure how to talk to her friends about it… This is a sweet story about overcoming anxiety.

The Tale of Peter Rabbit Picture Book by Beatrix Potter (3 Mar)

It’s Peter Rabbit’s 120th birthday this year! And to celebrate, we’re releasing this special picture book edition of Beatrix Potter’s classic tale. It includes all the original drawings and text; it’s just set out in a new format for little children.

The Last Firefox by Lee Newbery by Laura Catalán (3 Mar)

Charlie Challinor has been finding life a bit scary lately. But then he is made guardian of a firefox called Cadno, and things get a whole lot scarier. A wicked hunter is looking for Cadno, so it’s up to Charlie to find the bravery and strength he never thought he had.

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