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Happy’s Most Anticipated Books of 2022

Looking for fresh inspiration? These are the books we’re excited about – from Australia and around the world – that you can get your hands on in 2022!

Hanya Yanagihara – To Paradise

From the acclaimed author of A Little Life, Hanya Yanagihara makes a return with To Paradise. And like A Little Life, it’s a huge book, weighing in at more than 700 pages. This time around, the volume is divided into three stories, a unique trilogy that spans the centuries, addressing love, loss, and different versions of the Great American Experiment.

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To Paradise
HANYA YANAGIHARA
TO PARADISE

Marlon James – Moon Witch, Spider King

A couple of years back, Marlon James embarked upon his most ambitious undertaking yet, the ‘Dark Star’ trilogy (the upcoming Moon Witch, Spider King is the second instalment). That’s saying something for the author of the sprawling historical epic, A Brief History of Seven Killings — which earned him the Booker Prize. A collision of ancient and modern traditions inform this rich, intoxicating fantasy world.

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moon-witch-spider-king

MARLON JAMES
MOON WITCH, SPIDER KING

Sequoia Nagamatsu – How High We Go In The Dark

A story that focuses on the unique ability of humans to adapt to life with a viral adversary in their midst (sound familiar?), Sequoia Nagamatsu’s debut, How High We Go In The Dark, redefines literary scope. It’s an epic that sweeps across centuries, addressing themes of humanity’s relationship with phenomena beyond its control, as well as its capacity for reinvention.

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how high we go in the dark

SEQUOIA NAGAMATSU
HOW HIGH WE GO IN THE DARK

Grace D. Li – Portrait Of A Thief

A fresh debut with a thrilling, cinematic scope, Portrait Of A Thief promises to be a wild ride. Will Chen, a Chinese American student is presented with a tantalising and dangerous opportunity: an art heist. Though this time, money isn’t the only motivator. A fast-paced and strikingly original reading experience that cleverly intersects with the politics of art and colonisation.

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portrait of a thief

GRACE D. LI
PORTRAIT OF A THIEF

Jack Ellis – Home and Other Hiding Places

For fans of feel-good books that evoke the magic and challenges of childhood, Home and Other Hiding Places — by Sydney author Jack Ellis — should be on your wish list. Centring on the unforgettable protagonist — eight-year-old Fin — it’s a beautifully rendered tale that helps readers of all ages to understand adult problems through the eyes of a child.

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home and other hiding places

JACK ELLIS
HOME AND OTHER HIDING PLACES

Ocean Vuong – Time Is A Mother

From the author of the acclaimed On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, Ocean Vuong has returned to the poetic form for his latest book, Time Is A Mother. In all his work, he grapples with impossibly large themes and in this collection, the death of his mother and its aftermath is central. Yet, with the grace and vitality that infuses his poetry, readers can see a new life beyond the tragedy.

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Time is a mother

OCEAN VUONG
TIME IS A MOTHER