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Some of the most anticipated novels of 2022.

Here’s a glimpse at some of the fiction books we're excited to publish in 2022, kicking off a superb year of reading.

Here Goes Nothing

The virtuoso new novel from the author of the Booker-shortlisted A Fraction of the Whole.

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Here Goes Nothing is the virtuoso new novel from the author of the Booker-shortlisted A Fraction of the Whole.

Angus Mooney is in a dark place: the afterlife. His days are spent in aching embarrassment; god, religion, the supernatural – he was wrong about everything. Now, obsessing about the wife he left behind, Gracie, he watches from the other side as she is seduced by his killer, who has stepped seamlessly into Mooney’s life.

The Anomaly

A runaway bestseller, and the winner of France's most prestigious literary prize, The Anomaly is the bestselling international sensation that asks: What would you do, if there were two of you?

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When Air France flight 006 departed from Paris, the route to New York was just as it had always been. The skies were clear. The passengers were safe. Everything was going to plan.

Until the event that would change everything.

Amidst terrifying turbulence, the plane – somehow – was doubled. For every one person on board that day, there were now two. A double with the same body, the same mind, the same memories.

When it's time for the doubles to meet, they must confront their extraordinary fate. And only one thing is certain: life as they know it, will never be the same.

Lessons in Chemistry

'Mad Men' didn't turn scientists into unlikely TV stars. But if they did ...
The blockbuster of 2022, set in 1960s California, introducing the unique and unforgettable Elizabeth Zott.

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The blockbuster of 2022, set in 1960s California, introduces the unique and unforgettable Elizabeth Zott.

She is not your average woman. In fact, Elizabeth Zott would be the first to point out that there is no such thing. 

Her all-male team at Hastings Research Institute take a very unscientific view of equality. Except for one: Calvin Evans; the lonely, brilliant, Nobel-prize nominated grudge-holder who falls in love with – of all things – her mind. 

But like science, life is unpredictable. A few years later, Elizabeth Zott finds herself not only a single mother, but the reluctant star of America's most beloved cooking show Supper at Six. Elizabeth's unusual approach to cooking proves revolutionary. But as her following grows, not everyone is happy. Because as it turns out, Elizabeth Zott isn't just teaching women to cook. She's daring them to change the status quo.

The Angry Women's Choir

By the acclaimed author of Welcome To Nowhere River comes a heart-warming and uplifting story about a remarkable group of women who discover they are all capable of incredible things – if they’re strong enough, and angry enough, to take up the cause.

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Freycinet Barnes has built herself the perfect existence. With beautiful children, a successful husband and a well-ordered schedule, it’s a life so full she simply doesn’t fit.

When she steps outside her calendar and is accidentally thrown into the generous bosom of the West Moonah Women’s Choir, she finds music, laughter, friendship and a humming wellspring of rage. With the ready acceptance of the colourful choristers, Frey learns that voices can move mountains, fury can be kind and life can do with a bit of ruining.

Together, Frey and the choir sing their anger, they breathe it in and stitch it up, belt it out and spin it into a fierce, driving beat that will kick the system square in the balls, and possibly demolish them all.

Fans of crime and mystery are in for a treat this year, with a number of page-turners set to be released. 

Moonlight and the Pearler’s Daughter is an exquisite historical novel set in a mesmerising yet unforgiving land, where both profit and peril lie deep beneath the ocean’s surface. 

A gloriously rich and wonderfully assured debut, Lizzie Pook's Moonlight and the Pearler's Daughter tells the story of a daughter, a family, a place and a hidden history. It is a novel that marks Lizzie Pook as a name to watch.

Wild Dogs is a page-turning action thriller set in the WA outback, introducing Australia’s answer to Jack Reacher.

Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle meet Knives Out and The Thursday Murder Club in Everyone in my Family has Killed Someone. It is a fiendishly clever blend of classic and modern murder mystery.

City of the Dead is a gripping new book featuring psychologist Alex Delaware from the Number One New York Times bestselling master of suspense, Jonathan Kellerman, while Dark Horse is a thrilling new adventure that sees Evan Smoak, aka Orphan X, back at break-neck speed.

The Match is a new mystery from the Number One Sunday Times bestselling author, Harlan Coben. 

In this gripping read, Wilde follows a tip that he hopes will finally solve the mystery of his abandonment, but instead sends him straight into the arms of a serial killer.

Again, Rachel

The international No.1 bestselling author writes her first sequel starring her most beloved character - form an orderly line!

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Again, Rachel is the first sequel from internationally bestselling author Marian Keyes that stars her most beloved character. 

Back in the long-ago nineties, Rachel Walsh was a mess. After a spell in rehab she found love, a family, and a great job as an addiction counsellor. But with the sudden reappearance of a man she'd once loved, her life wobbles. She'd thought she was settled. Fixed forever. Is she about to discover that no matter what our age, everything can change?

Till Death, or a Little Light Maiming, Do Us Part

When Jason Riley goes missing, feared killed by a shark, his family – make that families – have many questions.

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Till Death, or a Little Light Maiming, Do Us Part by Kathy Lette is a revenge caper that propels three double-crossed women through continents on the trail of truth and retribution. As they embark on a chase for their money, they build new friendships, discover much about themselves, and when closure is had they are bursting with energy for the next phase of their life.

 

 

Sixty-Seven Days

An intense and mesmerising story of first love, culture and belief.

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Sixty-Seven Days is an intense and mesmerising story of first love and longing, suffused with Wiradjuri Dreaming, family and culture, about a future dreamt and a future taken, by an important new voice in Australian fiction.

Cooper Not Out

A delightfully uplifting Australian novel about the joy of discovering your greatest potential.

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In the Australian summer of 1984, in the small country town of Penguin Hill, Sergeant Roy Cooper is making a name for himself. He’s been batting for his local cricket club for decades — and he’s a statistical miracle. He’s overweight, he makes very few runs, he’s not pretty to watch, but he’s never been dismissed.

When local schoolgirl Cassie Midwinter discovers this feat, she decides to take the matter further. The remarkable story finds its way into the hands of Donna Garrett, a female sports columnist who’s forced to write under a male pseudonym to be taken seriously.

That summer, the West Indies are thrashing Australia, and the Australian people’s love of cricket has never been lower. But Donna’s columns on Roy Cooper capture the imagination of a nation, and soon there’s pressure to select him for the national team. This would see him playing at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, carrying the spirit of every small country town in Australia along with him. Could such a miracle actually happen?

 

Bestselling author James Patterson is releasing several new titles fans will be eagerly anticipating. 

The Horsewoman is a riveting and thoughtful read about a mother and daughter who are both champion riders, but only one can make Olympic history. They vowed never to compete against each other, but a dramatic turn of events changes everything. 

In Steal, the brilliant, crime-solving Professor Dylan Reinhart returns in the third instalment of James Patterson's Instinct series.

Patterson has teamed up with America's most beloved superstar, Dolly Parton, to bring you Run Rose Run, a thriller about a young singer-songwriter on the rise and on the run, and determined to do whatever it takes to survive.

Death of the Black Widow is a stunning stand-alone thriller following a Detroit cop's hunt for a serial killer like no other, while 22 Seconds is the exciting new instalment in the globally bestselling series, The Women's Murder Club.

French Braid

A stand-out new family novel from the critically acclaimed, Booker-prize shortlisted author of A Spool of Blue Thread

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Elizabeth Finch

A wise, heartfelt and powerful new novel from Julian Barnes - a book that is a balm for our times with an extraordinary woman at its heart

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Abomination

A compelling and compassionate debut about friendship, faith, family and identity.

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