50 Books We’re Looking Forward to in 2022 (Part 1)

  1. All right thinking people the world over loved Wendy Erskine‘s first book, Sweet Home, and so a second collection of short stories – Dance Moves, due out in February 2022 – which comes replete with obscure hits being sung at paramilitary events, eventful journeys to Christian film festivals and wedding anniversary dreams of a teenage sexual experience, is pretty damn high on our must be read list. 
  2. Bryan Talbot returns with Legend of Luther Arkwright, the third outing for a book that is considered by many to be the first actual graphic novel (written some 46 years ago apparently). Clocking in at 220 pages, the hardback black and white graphic novel, is set 51 years after the events of the last book and takes place on several very different parallel worlds, which seems pretty much de rigour these days. 
  3. Dana Spiotta is one of those writers we read everything by (if you’ve yet to pop your toe in the water, you can read pretty much anything by her, it’s all great). Wayward, her new novel, comes to us on a happy tide of great reviews and cover quotes and is “A virtuosic, singular and very funny portrait of a woman seeking sanity and purpose in a world gone mad” according to the New York Times Book Review. Who are we to disagree? 
  4. Sara Freeman’s Tides, “a spare, visceral portrait of a woman nearly pulled under by loss and desire… [and] an unforgettable introduction to a debut writer of uncommon literary power” is set to be published by Granta in January – and we already have a review in the bank and ready to go so look out for it on publication day. 
  5. Hanya Yanigahara, the author of A Little Life, is back with To Paradise, a novel described by Michael Cunningham as, “a transcendent, visionary novel of stunning scope and depth. A novel so layered, so rich, so relevant, so full of the joys and terrors – the pure mystery – of human life, is not only rare, it’s revolutionary…”
  6. Another kind of paradise comes in the form of Paradise Block by Alice Ash – a place where “mould grows as thick as fur along the walls, alarms ring out at unexpected hours and none of the neighbours are quite what they seem.” Chris Powers has called it “a disturbing and moving collection”. 
  7. Like a lot of people, we suspect, we’re a sucker for stories about young love set on the streets of New York and so Cleopatra and Frankenstein by Coco Mellors looks like a must-read. Plus, and we hate the fact we are walking cliches but what are you going to do, it’s got a great looking cover and we do like to judge a book by its cover. 
  8. There’s a reason why books find their way on to our list of titles we’re looking forward to and in the main it comes down to – did you write a book we really liked? One person who ticks that box is Colin Barrett whose debut, Young Skins, we considered the standout collection of the year it was published. He’s back with a new collection of short stories, Homesickness, out in March, and we are promised a novel the following year so lucky, lucky us. 
  9. If you made time for The Outrun, you’ll more than likely be interested in Amy Liptrott’s new book, The Instant, which sees Amy transplanted from Orkney to Berlin . Expect “an unapologetic look at the addictive power of love and lust”, amongst other things. 
  10. Another firm Bookmunch favourite is Gary Shteyngart whose latest book Our Country Friends has been on our must-get-a-copy-of-this list for months now. Andrew Sean Greer has said “there cannot be a more relevant book for our times” than this, given that it’s a book about a group of friends waiting out the pandemic and given the fact that we always trust Andrew Sean Greer, we have high hopes indeed for this one. 

Look out for Part 2 of 50 Books We’re Looking Forward to in 2022 tomorrow – featuring new books from the likes of Marlon James, Jennifer Egan, Don Winslow and Lucy Caldwell. 

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