January books 2022

What’s new and good to read this month? Annakarin Klerfalk has a look at what’s on offer and chooses To Paradise, The Christie Affair and The Woman Who Came Back to Life, all out in January.

Hanya Yanagihara, the author of the highly acclaimed books The People in the Trees and A Little Life, has her third book coming out.

To Paradise

To Paradise consists of three stories, all set in New York City, a hundred years apart. The first part opens in an alternative version of America, in 1893, where New York is part of the Free States. A place where people may live and love anybody, despite their gender.

The second part is set in 1993, during the AIDS epidemic – and the final and third part takes place in 2093, in a world that is consumed by pandemics.

Hanya Yanagihara told The Cut magazine that her hope is that “readers will see reflected in its pages some of the questions we’ve all been asking about this country’s premise, especially over the past four years.”

Alice O’Keeffe from The Bookseller said “it is an extraordinary novel; powerfully imagined and deeply moving.”

Picador will publish this epic, contemporary classic, on 11 January.

Images above: To Paradise cover, author Hanya Yanagihara

The Christie Affair

The Christie Affair, by Nina de Gramont, tells an intriguing new theory of why Agatha Christie disappeared for 11 days.

Agatha Christie and her husband Archie, lived in a world of London town homes, country houses and tennis matches – and in the middle of it was Nan O’Dea; Archie’s mistress. Christie and Nan O’Dea come across a dark secret and, despite all their differences, they turn into allies.

What is Nan after, really? And why does she hold the key to the secret?

Author Elizabeth Macneal, said “I was enthralled, moved and entertained by The Christie Affair. This is a book which has it all – romance, enigma and wit in bucketloads. What’s more, its devilishly good plot could out-do those written by Agatha Christie herself.”

Macmillan will release The Christie Affair on 20 January.

Images above: The Christie Affair front cover, author Nina De Gramont

The Woman Who Came Back to Life

The Woman Who Came Back to Life is Beth Miller’s fifth novel and early readers say it’s “funny, moving and uplifting.”

The story is told in three separate narratives: Pearl, Carrie and Francis, giving the reader different perspectives on what happened.

The main character, Pearl Flowers, lives alone in a cottage in France. She follows the same, strict routine every day because it stops her thinking about the past. But then her distant father, Francis, dies, leaving her his old diaries. As she reads them, Pearl realises that each page is addressed to her and she is forced to face the truth.

Will Pearl let the world back into her life again and take a second chance at happiness?

The Woman Who Came Back to Life is published by Bookouture on 5 January.

Images above: The Woman Who Came Back To Life front cover, author Beth Miller

Annakarin Klerfalk

Anna is a literary agent based in Chiswick who is keen to hear from authors trying to get their books published. Contact her on anna@intersaga.co.uk. She used to run the Waterstones bookshop in Chiswick. You can read more about her and Intersaga here.


See more of Anna’s book choices here

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