50 Books We’re Looking Forward to in 2022 (Part 2)

  1. One of the lovely things about a new year are the debuts that come at you like a prizefighter, sometimes too quick to catch. Violets by Alex Hyde tells a story of motherhood and loss in the dying days of WWII and is one that we are going to do our best not to miss.
  2. Niven Govinden recommendations tend to be recommendations you can trust and so when he says that When We Were Birds by Ayanna Lloyd Banwo is “a knockout” that left him wanting to read “everything she writes” – well, we knew we were front of the queue when it came to signing up on the dotted line.
  3. Fancy an intriguing graphic novel for grown-ups in “lush watercolour washes and pencil crayons”? Then Walk Me To The Corner by Anneli Furmark, which tells a story of two people falling in love when they are not supposed to might be right up your street, particularly if, like us, you were blown away by her last book, Red Winter.
  4. One of the big books of 2022 is bound to be the second instalment of Marlon James’ Dark Star trilogy, Moon Witch, Spider King. You’ll no doubt remember that we were excited with reservations about the first outing, Black Leopard, Red Wolf, but we are definitely onboard for the long haul with this trio.
  5. Zoe Gilbert will no doubt be familiar to most readers now for her standout novel, Folk. With Mischief Acts, she’s continuing to plough her distinctive furrow as Herne the Hunter, spirit of the forest, is made to deal with urban sprawl and gentrification. Expect folklore to be reimagined in a way that is “dangerous, sexy, troubling, daring, savage…”
  6. Having enjoyed Redhead by the Side of the Road (our first Anne Tyler, shockingly), we are front of the line for her new novel, French Braid, a family saga which stretches from the 50s all the way through the present day.
  7. Don Winslow has two modes (or so it seems to us): macho page turners a la The Force and then sweeping, ambitious crime sagas a la The Cartel. City on Fire (which shouldn’t be confused with Garth Risk Halberg’s City on Fire) is the first outing in a new trilogy (which is very promising) and sees Winslow getting stuck into crime families and longshoremen in the 80s. We are excited.
  8. Although we liked Manhattan Beach a great deal, Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad remains our favourite of her books so far. As a result, The Candy House, which promises “spellbinding linked narratives” and the return of characters from that previous book, hovers very close to the top of books we’re mad keen to read as soon as we can.
  9. Lucy Caldwell is just about as prolific as Stephen King these days (you can read our reviews of three of her books, Intimacies, All of the Beggars Riding and Being Various to see what we mean) and and the latest outing from her is These Days, a novel which centres on two sisters during the Belfast Blitz.
  10. We loved Travis Dandro’s graphic memoir King of King Court, and so news of Hummingbird Heart, which tells the story of Travis’ troubled adolescence against a backdrop of Nirvana’s Nevermind, has our hearts a-racing.

Look out for Part 3 of 50 Books We’re Looking Forward to in 2022 tomorrow – featuring new books from the likes of Ali Smith, Alan Moore, Lara Williams and Alex Pheby. 

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