To Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara and Again, Rachel by Marian Keyes: The 10 best books to read in 2022 – iNews

The A Little Life author returns this January with another doorstopper of a novel, traversing three centuries and three different versions of the American experiment. In an alternative version of the country in 1893, a young member of a distinguished family falls for a penniless music tutor. In 1993 Manhattan, a young Hawaiian man navigates his relationship with his much older partner against the backdrop of the Aids epidemic. And in 2093, a scientist’s granddaughter tries to solve the mystery of her husband’s disappearance. It sounds like quite the ride.
Picador, 11 January
This debut following a group of young women of colour in Queens, New York, is attracting huge amounts of buzz. Told in a lyrical, urgent voice, it is a fierce examination of race, class and marginalisation in America today told through the coming-of-age stories of Nadira, Gabby, Naz, Trish and Angelique.
4th Estate, 3rd February
In the first novel in a decade from the bestselling, Booker Prize-shortlisted author of Brick Lane, a young couple from different cultures attempt to get married, as their families clash and contend with the unravelling of long-held secrets and betrayals. Promising to scrutinise who we are and how we love in today’s Britain, it sounds unmissable.
Virago, 3 February
The wait is finally over for fans of Rachel’s Holiday – the follow-up is here. Keyes’ 1998 bestseller saw the book’s titular heroine confront her drug addiction. Twenty-five years on, Rachel is in a much more stable place – at least, that’s until an old flame reappears in her life and threatens to set her back once more.
Michael Joseph, Feb 17
In a collection of over fifty essays, the Booker-winning author of The Handmaid’s Tale considers the idiosyncrasies of the modern world, from tech to the climate crisis, freedom to storytelling and authoritarianism to debt.
1 March, Chatto & Windus
The author of The Wild Other and My Wild and Sleepless Nights delivers an account of the first year after her sister’s death from breast cancer. The title alone suggests it will be as lyrical, raw and unflinching a book as her previous offerings, as it considers how vividly life and death coexist and how we can articulate seemingly ineffable experiences.
March 10, Transworld
The eagerly anticipated second novel from the author of Shuggie Bain, which won the 2020 Booker Prize. Once again, the setting is Glasgow’s violently hyper-masculine housing estates, but the focus this time is on the forbidden love between two young men living there, Protestant Mungo and Catholic James. Expect a literary tear-jerker.
Picador, 14 April
Forget the next series of The Crown. Here, the powerhouse journalist no doubt serves up enough royal gossip to last you a lifetime. Picking up from where her acclaimed The Diana Chronicles left off, Brown traces the story of the Royal Family since the death of Princess Diana, from the Queen’s loosening grip to Harry and Meghan’s decision to step back as senior royals, and from the sexual abuse allegations surrounding Prince Andrew to the tension between Harry and William.
Century, 26 April
Very likely the hottest book of summer 2022, Emezi has followed up The Death of Vivek Oji with a romance novel. Feyi escapes the City for a dream island holiday and might just be ready to open her heart to someone new. But she’s falling for a man who is absolutely off limits.
Faber, 2 June
The late actor’s diaries are set to be published in autumn, with 27 books of his “witty, gossipy and utterly candid” observations about his career and life being edited down into a single volume. Rickman began writing the diaries by hand in the early 90s, hoping to publish them one day, and his publishers promise they contain everything from insights into his politics and friendships to “scathing” theatre reviews, and stories from the Harry Potter set.
Canongate, 6 October
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