Anticipated Books for Spring 2022

I have been through all of the 2022 publishers catalogues for the books they have coming out in spring that I could lay my hands on (28 so far and still a few missing too). I have extracted all the books that I really like the look of. Most are non-fiction, as you have probably come to expect by now, but there are a smattering of fiction, sci-fi and the odd poetry in this list. What has staggered me a little is there are 194 books in this list below. That is more than I normally read in a year which is ominous as there are more books to follow for the latter half of the year and I still have many others to read. The pain of a reader…


4th Estate

Trust the Plan: The Rise of QAnon and the Conspiracy That Reshaped America – William Sommer


Allen & Unwin

Dalvi: Six Years in the Arctic Tundra – Laura Galloway


Allen Lane

Emotional: The New Thinking About Feelings – Leonard Mlodinow

Kingdom Of Characters: The Language Revolution That Made China Modern – Jing Tsu

Worn: A People’s History Of Clothing – Sofi Thanhauser

Otherlands: A World In The Making – Thomas Halliday

How To Stay Smart In A Smart World: Why Human Intelligence Still Beats Algorithms – Gerd Gigerenzer

Regenesis: How To Feed The World Without Devouring The Planet – George Monbiot

The Playbook: Protecting The Corporation From The Risks Of Scientific Knowledge – Jennifer Jacquet

Fantastic Numbers And Where To Find Them: A Cosmic Quest From Zero To Infinity – Tony Padilla


Atlantic Books

The Insect Crisis: The Fall of the Tiny Empires that Run the World – Oliver Milman

In the Camps: Stories from China’s High-tech Penal Colony – Darren Byler

Masters of the Lost Land: The Untold Story of the Fight to Own the Amazon – Heriberto Araújo

Dead in the Water: Murder and Fraud in the World’s Most Secretive Industry – Matthew Campbell and Kit Chellel

Covert Action: The Global Story of Subversion, Sabotage and Secret Statecraft – Rory Cormac

The Line of Sight: How Vision Made Us Human – Andrew Parker


Basic Books

A Natural History Of The Future: What The Laws Of Biology Tell Us About The Destiny Of The Human Species – Rob Dunn

Hidden Games: The Surprising Power Of Game Theory To Explain Irrational Human Behaviour – Moshe Hoffman & Erez Yoeli



The Perfect Golden Circle – Benjamin Myers

52 Ways To Walk: The New Science And Timeless Joy Of How, When, Where And Why – Annabel Streets

Don’t Trust Your Gut: Using Data Instead Of Instinct To Make Better Choices – Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

The Trespasser’s Companion – Nick Hayes

The Great Experiment: How To Make Diverse Democracies Work – Yascha Mounk

The Catch: Fishing For Ted Hughes – Mark Wormald

Motherlands – Amaryllis Gacioppo

The Digital Republic: Taking Back Technology – Jamie Susskind

Racing Green: How Motorsport Science Can Save The World – Kit Chapman

Growing Up Human – Brenna Hassett

Forget Me Not: Finding The Forgotten Species Of Climate Change Britain – Sophie Pavelle


Bluemoose Books

Ghost Stories by Stu Hennigan


Bodley Head

Cloudmoney – Brett Scott

The Journey Of Humanity – Oded Galor

An Immense World – Ed Yong


British Library

The Philosophy of Curry – Sejal Sukhadwala

The Book of Book Jokes – Alex Johnson

Shadows on the Wall: Dark Tales by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman – Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

The Ghost Slayers: Thrilling Tales of Occult Detection – Mike Ashley

Our Haunted Shores: Tales from the Coasts of the British Isles – Emily Alder, Joan Passey & Jimmy Packham

The Philosophy of Whisky – Billy Abbott



Time On Rock: A Climber’s Route Into The Mountains – Anna Fleming

The Unusual Suspect: The Remarkable True Story Of A Modern-Day Robin Hood – Ben Machell

No One Round Here Reads Tolstoy: Memoirs Of A Working-Class Reader – Mark Hodkinson

How To Be Animal: What It Means To Be Human – Melanie Challenger

The Instant – Amy Liptrot

Explorer: The Quest For Adventure, Discovery And The Great Unknown – Benedict Allen

The Fire People: A Collection Of Black British Poetry – Ed. Lemn Sissay

More Fiya: A New Collection Of Black British Poetry – Ed. Kayo Chingonyi

Things I Have Withheld – Kei Miller

Blood Legacy: Reckoning With A Family’s Story Of Slavery – Alex Renton

The Secret History Of Here: A Year In The Valley – Alistair Moffat


Chatto & Windus

Bless The Daughter Raised By A Voice In Her Head – Warsan Shire

Nine Paths – Lexi Stadlen

Unearthed – Claire Ratinon



We Need Snowflakes: In Defence Of The Sensitive, The Angry And The Offended – Hannah Jewell

A New Science Of Heaven: How The New Science Of Plasma Is Shedding Light On Spiritual Experience – Robert Temple


Custom House

Wahala – Nikki May



Wild Fell: Fighting For Nature On A Lake District Farm – Lee Schofield



Nice Is Not A Biscuit: How To Build A World-Class Business By Doing The Right Thing – Peter Mead

Vagabonds: Life On The Streets Of Nineteenth-Century London – Oskar Jensen


Elliott & Thompson

On the Scent: Unlocking the mysteries of smell – and how losing it can change our world – Paola Totaro and Robert Wainwright

A River Runs Through Me: A year and a life of salmon fishing in Scotland – Andrew Douglas-Home

A Village in the Third Reich: How ordinary lives were transformed by the rise of Fascism – Julia Boyd & Angelika Patel

Beside the Seaside: The Story of the English Coastal Town – Ian Walker


Europa Editions

In the Margins: On the Pleasures of Reading and Writing – Elena Ferrante Tr Ann Goldstein

The Passenger: Rome – Various

The Passenger: Ireland – Various


Faber & Faber

Wild Green Wonders – Patrick Barkham

The Stasi Poetry Circle – Philip Oltermann

Shadowlands – Matthew Green

Black And Female: Essays – Tsitsi Dangarembga

Iconicon – John Grindrod

Sounds Wild And Broken – David George Haskell

The Premonitions Bureau – Sam Knight

Exiles: Three Island Journeys – William Atkins

Beyond Measure – James Vincent



The This – Adam Roberts

The Flight Of The Aphrodite – S.J. Morden

Eversion – Alastair Reynolds



Grounding: Finding Home In A Garden – Lulah Ellender

Different: What Apes Can Teach Us About Gender – Frans de Waal

Refractive Africa – Will Alexander

Garden Physic – Sylvia Legris

The End Of Bias: How We Change Our Minds – Jessica Nordell


Grove Press

Endpapers: A Family Story of Books, War, Escape and Home – Alexander Wolff


Harvill Secker

Africa Is Not A Country: Breaking Stereotypes Of Modern Africa – Dipo Faloyin


Head of Zeus

Furious Heaven The Sun Chronicles 2 – Kate Elliott

Dirty Work: Essential Jobs And The Hidden Toll Of Inequality – Eyal Press

Death By Nature?: Understanding Wildlife Diseases – Ben Garrod

Water Always Wins: Going With The Flow To Thrive In The Age Of Droughts, Floods And Climate Change – Erica Gies

A Feather At The Feast: Thomas Morton, America’s First Nature Writer And Falconer – Ben Crane



Chivalry – Neil Gaiman

Butter: A Celebration – Olivia Potts

The Mercenary River Private Greed, Public Good: A History Of London’s Water – Nick Higham

These Bodies Of Water – Sabrina Mahfouz


Hodder & Stoughton

When The Dust Settles: Stories Of Love, Loss And Hope From An Expert In Disaster – Lucy Easthope

Firmament: The Hidden Science Of Weather, Climate Change And The Air That Surrounds Us – Simon Clark

Escape From Siberia – Yoann Barbereau Tr Maren Baudet-Lackner

Dust: A History And A Future Of Environmental Disaster – Jay Owens

Where The Wildflowers Grow My Journey Through Botanical Britain – Leif Bersweden

After They’re Gone: A Love Letter To The Lost Species Of The World – Peter Marren


Hurst Publishers

Another World Is Possible: How To Reignite Radical Political Imagination – Geoff Mulgan

China Unbound A New World Disorder – Joanna Chiu

No Shortcuts: Why States Struggle To Develop A Military Cyber-Force – Max Smeets

Edge Of England Landfall In Lincolnshire – Derek Turner

Work Won’t Love You Back How Devotion To Our Jobs Keeps Us Exploited, Exhausted And Alone – Sarah Jaffe


Icon Books

Hurricane Lizards And Plastic Squid: How The Natural World Is Adapting To Climate Change – Thor Hanson

Dear Bill Bryson: Footnotes From A Small Island – Ben Aitken

Game Theory: Understanding The Mathematics Of Life – Brian Clegg


Jo Fletcher

Momenticon – Andrew Caldecott


John Murray

The Fairy Tellers: A Journey Into The Secret History Of Fairy Tales – Nicholas Jubber

Nomads: The Wanderers Who Shaped Our World – Nicholas Jubber

Extraterrestrial: The First Sign Of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth – Avi Loeb

Futureproof: 9 Rules For Humans In The Age Of Automation – Kevin Roose

Free To Go: From Orkney To New Zealand On A Motorbike – Esa Aldegheri

Rebel With A Clause Tales And Tips From A Travelling Grammar Guru – Ellen Jovin


Jonathan Cape

The Treeline: The Last Forest And The Future Of Life On Earth – Ben Rawlence

Pilgrim Bell – Kaveh Akbar

Ephemeron – Fiona Benson

Dreaming The Karoo – Julia Blackburn

Birdgirl – Mya-Rose Craig


Little Toller

Millstone Grit – Glyn Hughes

Shalimar – Davina Quinlivan

Brother Do You Love Me – Manni Coe & Reuben Coe

The Loveliness Of Ladybirds – JC Niala



Alice’s Book: How The Nazis Stole My Grandmother’s Cookbook – KARINA URBACH Tr. Jamie Bulloch


Michael Joseph

Small Island: 12 Maps That Explain The History Of Britain – Philip Parker

Prized Women – Caroline Lea

The Lost Paths – Jack Cornish

One Place De L’Eglise – Trevor Dolby



A Brief History Of Timekeeping: The Science Of Marking Time, From Stonehenge To Atomic Clocks – Chad Orzel

The Elements Of Choice: Why The Way We Decide Matters – Eric J. Johnson

How Minds Change: The Science Of Belief, Opinion And Persuasion – David McRaney

The Biggest Number In The World: A Journey To The Edge Of Mathematics – David Darling and Agnijo Banerjee



Wild City: Encounters With Urban Wildlife – Florence Wilkinson


Pan Macmillan

Wild Flowers Of Britain And Ireland – Roger Phillips

The Greatest Escape – Neil Churches

Too Big To Jail: Inside Hsbc, The Mexican Drug Cartels And The Greatest Banking Scandal Of The Century – Chris Blackhurst



The Voltage Effect – John A List



In Defence Of Witches: Why Women Are Still On Trial – Mona Chollet

The Vulture – Gerard Woodward

Tomorrow’s People: The Future Of Humanity In Ten Numbers – Paul Morland

Lurex – Denise Riley

The Greatest Invention: A History Of The World In Nine Mysterious Scripts – Silvia Ferrara

Who Are We Now? Stories Of Modern England – Jason Cowley

The Book Of Minds – Philip Ball

Sea Of Tranquility – Emily St. John Mandel


Profile Books

The Social Lives Of Animals: How Co-Operation Conquered The Natural World – Ashley Ward

Tickets For The Ark: From Wasps To Whales – How Do We Choose What To Save? – Rebecca Nesbit

Strandings: Confessions Of A Whale Scavenger – Peter Riley

How To Live With Each Other: An Anthropologist’s Notes On Sharing A Divided World – Farhan Samanani

Tenants: The People On The Frontline Of Britain’s Housing Crisis – Vicky Spratt

Everybody Hertz: The Amazing World Of Frequency, From Bad Vibes To Good Vibrations – Richard Mainwaring

Geography Is Destiny: Britain’s Place In The World, A 10,000-Year History – Ian Morris

Chums: How A Tiny Group Of Oxford Tories Took Over Britain – Simon Kuper

Mathematical Intelligence: What We Have That Machines Don’t – Junaid Mubeen

The Celts: The Fall And Rise Of An Idea – Simon Jenkins



The Chaos Machine: The Inside Story Of How Social Media Rewired Our Minds And Our World – MAX FISHER


Reaktion Books

Hope and Fear: Modern Myths, Conspiracy Theories and Pseudo-History – Ronald H. Fritze

Polling UnPacked: The History, Uses and Abuses of Political Opinion Polls – Mark Pack


Sandstone Press

The Year the World Went Mad: A Scientific Memoir – Mark Woolhouse



Ring Of Stone Circles – Stan L Abbott

North Country – Karen Lloyd



Riding Out – Simon Parker

The Best British Travel Writing Of The 21St Century – Jessica Vincent



Eyes Of The Void – Adrian Tchaikovsky

The Kaiju Preservation Society – John Scalzi


Two Roads

An Atlas Of Endangered Animals – Megan McCubbin

Devorgilla Days A Memoir Of Hope And Healing – Kathleen HartWindswept: Walking In The Footsteps Of Remarkable Women – Annabel Abbs



How The World Really Works: A Scientist’s Guide To Our Past, Present, And Future – Vaclav Smil

A Black Boy At Eton – Dillibe Onyeama

This Way To The Universe: A Journey Into Physics – Michael Dine

Birds And Us: A 12,000 Year History, From Cave Art To Conservation – Tim Birkhead



Pharmacopoeia – Derek Jarman



The Cure For Sleep – Tanya Shadrick

Control: The Dark History And Troubling Present Of Eugenics – Adam Rutherford

Spring Tides: A Story From A Small Island – Fiona Gell

The Ballast Seed: A Memoir Of Motherhood, Nature And Staying Afloat – Rosie Kinchen


Wellcome Collection

Dark And Magical Places: The Neuroscience Of How We Navigate – Christopher Kemp

This Book Is A Plant: How To Grow, Learn And Radically Engage With The Natural World – Various

Am I Normal: The 200-Year Search For Normal People (And Why They Don’t Exist) – Sarah Chaney


William Collins

The Sloth Lemur’s Song: Madagascar from the Deep Past to the Uncertain Present – Alison Richard

Origin Africa – Jonathan Kingdon

Black Holes – Brian Cox & Jeff Forshaw

Enough: The Violence Against Women and How to End It – Harriet Johnson

Where The Seals Sing – Susan Richardson

In Search Of One Last Song – Patrick Galbraith

To Cure All Ills – Camper English

Platypus Matters – Jack Ashby

How To Speak Whale – Tom Mustill

Where My Feet Fall – Duncan Minshall

The Social Machine – Justin Hampston-Jones

Nazi Billionaires – David de Jong


Any that take your fancy? And are there any that you know about that you think that I should know too? Let me know in the comments below.

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  1. Dorothy ~ Jane McLachlan ~ Wortley

    Some interesting choices on your list – and a few I’ve had my eye on.
    Here’s to a year filled with wonderful Books in 2022.

    • Paul

      I do try and read the interesting books only

  2. Liz Dexter

    A wonderful selection! I have Wahala on my NetGalley TBR and want the Alex Renton book, esp after transcribing an interview with him. Africa is Not a Country is going straight on my wish list, and I have requested to read No One Here Reads Tolstoy for Shiny.

    • Paul

      Glad you found some on there that appeal, Liz

  3. Penny Hull

    Thanks Paul, I enjoyed going through this list.

    • Paul

      You are very welcome, Penny

  4. Christopher Kemp

    Thanks for including my book!

    • Paul

      You’re welcome, Christopher

  5. Rebecca Foster

    Have you had any thoughts on how you’re going to narrow this down?!

    I didn’t find Dalvi worthwhile. Pilgrim Bell is brilliant, but I’m not sure it will be to your taste (what poets have you liked?). I’m reading Tanya Shadrick’s memoir now. I have Otherlands on order from the library, and I’m keen on Ben Myers’ and Ed Yong’s new books.

    • Paul

      No!!! They will just go on the every expanding TBR and I will get to them one day

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