Autumn Reads – Best New Books of 2022

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Fun attractions by Kate Atkinson

Life After Life award-winning author and Jackson Brodie return with a fascinating story about 1920s London. “Queen of Clubs” Nellie Cocker has been released from prison, returning to the Soho Empire with ambitions for her disparate offspring but rivals and a single-minded police inspector plot to bring her down…

On September 27, Transworld

The Rider and Stella Maris by Cormac McCarthy

Passenger Cormac McCarthy (attached)

Passenger Cormac McCarthy (attached)

It’s been 16 years since McCarthy’s last devastating novel, The Road, and it’s back this fall not with two much-anticipated companion titles: The Passenger (released October 25) and Stella Maris (released December 6). These two books correspond to life and death, philosophy, morals, and the sins of the father, to be synonymous with 2022.

Pre-order now, Picador

Marriage photo of Maggie O’Farrell

Marriage Portrait of Maggie O'Farrell (Trailer)

Marriage Portrait of Maggie O’Farrell (Trailer)

O’Farrell’s fans are evangelical about her books, which have included the Hamnet Award-Winning Woman, but they even declare The Wedding Portrait to be her greatest book to date. Set in Renaissance Italy, with young Lucrezia de Medici forced into an uncertain marriage and surrounded by political intrigue — both fun and delicious — this is the ultimate fall reading.

outside now, the address

A fairy tale of Stephen King

Need some brilliantly written escape? A fairy tale is just the thing where 17-year-old Charlie is handed the keys to another universe (No King’s Extraordinary Time Travel Book 11.22.63), where good and evil lead a bitter battle. Written in the early days of lockdown and featuring a loyal dog and grieving hero, childhood fears and dreams (plus plenty of Easter eggs for King fans) come true, this is King at his best.

outside now, Hodder and Stoughton

Camila Shamsi’s best friend

Best of Friends by Kamila Shamsie (provider)

Best of Friends by Kamila Shamsie (provider)

Shamsi continues her 2018 Women’s Award for the feature film Home Fire with the story of Maryam and Zahraa – Teenage Best Friends in the 80s.

Karachi – whose relationship is determined by a quick decision. Exploring the complexity of female friendship against the politically explosive backgrounds of the United Kingdom and Pakistan, it is a twisted story that is brilliantly told.

On September 27th, Bloomsbury

Skeleton Key by Erin Kelly

Leading a new wave of torn family tales (see the recently released The Latecomer by Jean Hanff Korelitz and Pineapple Street by Jenny Jackson next year), Erin Kelly’s Skeleton Key is the ultimate entertainment movie. Half a century ago, Erin’s father wrote a picture book/treasure hunt that became a national sensation as readers roamed England to find the tiny golden bones of a female skeleton. Now the book is being reissued with a new hunt.

outside now, Hodder and Stoughton

Bourneville by Jonathan Koo

Who oh what you swear! For Middle England, Coe’s books manage to shine a light on corruption at the heart of English society and explore how the actions of self-serving politicians and billionaires are destroying ordinary life. The story of Mary Lamb, Bournville from VE Day in 1945 moves into the post-lockdown reality of 2020 to build a compelling social history strewn throughout Coe with humor, love and intense anger.

On November 3, Viking

Girls Friends by Holly Bourne

Like Shamila Kamsie’s Best Of Friends, Girl Friends puts the complex feminine relationship front and center. At 31, Verne is a successful writer who brings her teenage best friend Jessica to her book signing. Reuniting them as adults removes the envy and self-hatred that pervaded Verne’s younger years, but is everything as clear as it seems or is there something else at play? Bourne shows how misogyny is understood by women.

On September 8, Hodder & Stoughton

Donna Fred’s duality

Radio Gorgeous podcaster Donna Fried was six years old when her sister casually told her she had been adopted. Finally, tracing her adoption journey as an adult, uncovering the trail of conspiracies, insurance fraud and scammers, CIA investigations, and revelations that she had been adopted via Louise Wise Services (famous for splitting twins and triplets experimentally). Duality also raises fundamental questions about what makes us who we are.

On November 10, Muswell Press

Babylon by RF Kuang

Blending dark academies, magic, and mythology, Babylon is a novel from the author of The Poppy War that explores colonization, power, sacrifice, and exploitation. Set in an alternate Oxford in the year 1836, orphaned Chinese Robin finds himself caught between helping a ruined empire and betraying his homeland. Ambitious, comprehensive, and thought-provoking, this is set to be one of fall’s biggest fantasy epics.

outside now, Harper Voyager

Our Lost Hearts by Celeste Ng

Our Lost Hearts by Celeste Ng (Supplied)

Our Lost Hearts by Celeste Ng (Supplied)

The instantly captivating new book by the author of Little Fires Everywhere is set in a high-potential America where a new law called PACT (Preservation of American Culture and Traditions Act) allows children to be suppressed and kept away from suspects. dissidents. As a result, 12-year-old Bird had not seen his mother in three years, but when he received a letter from her—a drawing full of kittens—he set out to try to find her.

On October 4, Little Brown

The dazzle of light by Georgina Clarke

Clark’s indie thriller has gained a lot of love from book reviewers, and is inspired by the all-female gang “The Forty Thieves” that dominated London in the early 1900s. With a touch of Killing Eve, obedient journalist Harriet becomes obsessed with a thief, Ruby Mill, and what it really means to be an independent woman.

Out November 17, Verve

Heart Powered by Rob Delaney

Heart Powered by Rob Delaney (attached)

Heart powered by Rob Delaney (provider)

Henry, the son of comedian and actor Rob Delaney, died when he was two and a half years old after being diagnosed with a brain tumor. In this memoir, Delaney explores sadness, anger, and anger but mostly looks at love. And how the love that continues to center around Henry endures and sustains him and his family and why hope can survive even in humankind’s darkest moments.

On October 20 Coronet

Our Part of the Night by Mariana Enriquez (translated by Megan McDowell)

At a whopping 724 pages, Our Share of the Night links the horror of Stephen King to the history and consequences of the Argentine military dictatorship that saw thousands disappear. Tracing the journey of father and son Juan and Gaspar, from the Terrifying Order (who also happens to be related to Gaspar’s mother), this horror is a must-see and is also being adapted for a highly anticipated TV series.

On October 13 Granta

Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing by Matthew Perry

Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing by Matthew Perry (attached)

Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing by Matthew Perry (attached)

If you’re expecting the average celebrity memoir, you haven’t counted Matthew Perry. After landing a role on the world’s biggest sitcom, Perry shot to a level of fame unrecognizable to the rest of us — and while other friends found their way through the frenzy, Perry became addicted to alcohol and opioids. This book is his honest and open-ended exploration of his darkest times and how he came out of the other side.

Outside November 1, address

Just Sayin’: My Life in Words by Mallory Blackman

Just Saying: My Life in Words by Mallory Blackman (Supplied)

Just Saying: My Life in Words by Mallory Blackman (Supplied)

Noughts & Crosses author and former children’s award-winner Malorie Blackman has written a memoir full of wisdom, humanity, and discernment as she deals with a life filled with a number of successes and setbacks. With reflections on everything from racism to healthcare to writing, it’s a book that aims to boost the self-confidence of its readers – and it does so with great skill.

On October 20, Merky

Sometimes People Die by Simon Stevenson

A former doctor turned screenwriter, Simon Stevenson’s life is remarkable in its own right (his first book was about the loss of his brother in the Indian Ocean tsunami, he lives in a murder house in Los Angeles and he also wrote for Paddington 2). It all comes together in this cleverly paced thriller about an unknown and despised hospital doctor who begins to suspect his patients are being murdered.

Out now, borough press

Faith, Hope and the Altar by Nick Cave and Sean O’Hagan

Faith, Hope, and the Altar by Nick Cave and Sean O'Hagan (Supplied)

Faith, Hope, and the Altar by Nick Cave and Sean O’Hagan (Supplied)

As anyone who reads Nick Cave’s regular Red Hand Files knows, the singer, composer, and author is able to approach life’s most melancholy and luxurious moments with humor, candor, and wisdom. This book is based on conversations between Kev and his friend, Observer journalist Sean O’Hagan, and explores everything from creative discipline to the loss of family.

On September 20th, Kanjit

Lessons from Ian McEwan

Like Bourneville by Jonathan Coe, the lessons are a journey through the world’s most famous historical moments: from the fear of Chernobyl and the Cuban missile crisis to Brexit and Covid through 9/11. Telling Roland’s life story, the narration blends the personal and the political to create a poignant reflection on the life lessons that – after all – really matter.

On September 13th, Vintage

Ecstasy by Eileen Coulhead (translated by Jennifer Hayashida)

A fictional reimagining of the final year of the life of poet and writer Sylvia Plath, Ecstasy is about the cracks between motherhood, love and creativity but is also a celebration of Plath’s power. Released to coincide with Plath’s 90th birthday, Euphoria has also won Sweden’s biggest book prize: the August 2021 Prize for Fiction.

On the 6th of October Kanungite

The Copperhead Demon by Barbara Kingsolver

The author of Flight Behavior, The Lacuna, and Poisonwood Bible has turned to Dickens as the inspiration for her latest novel. Reimagining David Copperfield, it explores the ravages of poverty in Virginia’s southern Appalachian Mountains and the opioid crisis while creating a huge cast of characters.

On October 18, Faber

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