Read something new in 2022


There’s nothing quite like cracking the spine of a fresh new book. And it’s the time of year when many much-anticipated books have been read and reviewed. The good news is that many of the world’s top-selling authors have new books out to rival their previous releases, so let’s take a look at what are likely to be some of this year’s best selling titles. 

Moon Witch, Spider King by Marlon James 

Moon Witch, Spider King is written by the author of the best selling Black Leopard, Red Wolf. This is the second book in the Dark Star trilogy, which has been described as an African Game of Thrones. Part adventure tale, part chronicle of a strong woman who bows to no man, it explores passion, personality, and the areas where these powerful forces overlap.

Image courtesy of RF._.Studio. Published on 10 October 2019. Source: 

Notes on an Execution by Danya Kukafka 

This interesting novel tells the story of Ansel’s life. It explores the themes of womanhood and the portrayal of the American serial killer, interrogating the justice system and forcing us to reexamine our fascination with true crime. As you read this novel, you’ll find yourself reconsidering what it means to look for meaning in the psyches of violent men.

Thank You, Mr Nixon by Gish Jen 

The award-winning author of The Resisters reports on fifty years of independent China and its surprising effects on the lives of everyday people. Beginning with a cheery letter penned by a Chinese girl in heaven to “poor Mr Nixon” (former US President Richard Nixon) in hell, Jen embarks on a mythical journey through Sino-American relations and taps into the excitement of a fast-changing world.

Image courtesy of Laura Chouette. Published on 7 September 2020. Source: 

Groundskeeping by Lee Cole 

A coming of age love story about two very different people navigating class and identity in America, just as the fabric of the country appears to be unravelling. This impressive debut novel looks at the links that tie families together – and what can happen when they are torn apart. 

South to America – A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation  by Imani Perry

When they think of the Deep South of the USA, many people imagine the Civil War, Gone with the Wind, the Ku Klux Klan, plantations, football, Jim Crow and slavery. But events in the region are stranger and more nuanced than is often understood. In South to America, Imani Perry shows how much of America’s identity originates in the South and that our knowledge of its history and culture is the key to understanding the USA as a whole.

Image courtesy of Enzo Munoz. Published on 15 July 2019. Source: 

Scoundrel by Sarah Weinman

Scoundrel is about a murderer, Edgar Smith, who conned intelligent people. The novel shows empathy for all those who cross his path and explores how he was able to manipulate both his victims and the American criminal justice system. It also explains how one man’s plan to set another man free came at the expense of Smith’s victims.

Anatomy: A Love Story

A gothic tale full of mystery and romance set in Edinburgh in 1817. It is about a female surgeon, Hazel Sinnett, and a “resurrection man”, Jack Currer,  who sells bodies for a living, and the secrets they must uncover together.

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