With a whole new year comes new books to get your hands on and devour, and there are no more exciting books published than by Women of Color this year. There are non-fiction books that can broaden our horizons – see Chinny Ukata & Astrid Madimba’s
It’s a continent, for example – as well as meaningful memories that will make you laugh as if you are reading the words of an old friend. For this I would recommend assigning Jaspreet Kaur’s Brunette girl like me Sadia Azmat’s Sex bomb, and that of Lauren Rae Love, wine and other effects: a kind of memory.
2022 also promises the best fictional readings that will bring you new worlds and stories to lose yourself in, including Nikki May.
Wahala, that of Radhika Sanghani Thirty things I love about me, and that of Jendella Benson Hope & Glory. There are of course also releases from bestselling authors Candice Carty-Williams, Bolu Babalola and Monica Ali to look forward to. So do yourself a favor and bookmark these favorites now, because you will certainly be hearing about them all year round.
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Ronke, Simi and Boo are three mixed-race friends living in London. They have the gift of two cultures, Nigerian and English. Not everyone chooses to see it that way. Everyday racism has never held them back, but now in their thirties, they wonder about their future. Ronke wants a husband, Boo endures motherhood at home, while Simi, with her dreams of a fashion career, rolls her eyes as her boss refers to her
urban vibe again. When Isobel, a friend from their past, returns, she is determined to prepare their future for them. Cracks in their friendship begin to appear, and it is soon evident that Isobel is not sorting out, but destroying.
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Released on January 6.
Thirty things I love about me
Nina Mistry is about to celebrate her 30th birthday in a jail cell when she comes across a self-help book. A sensitive and strong Taurus like her, Nina doesn’t think she needs one, but her inner journalist is curious. In a few pages, she finds herself addicted and knows exactly what to do. With her mother still disappointed, her brother too depressed to care, and the love of her life gone, Nina embarks on a journey to find out if she is enough on her own.
Released on January 20.
Yasmin Ghorami has many reasons to be grateful: a loving family, a young career in medicine and a lovely and beautiful fiancÃ©e, his colleague Doctor Joe Sangster. But as the wedding day draws near and Yasmin’s parents meet Joe’s hot feminist mother, both families face the revelation of long-standing secrets, lies and betrayals. As Yasmin dismantles her own assumptions, she is also forced to wonder what she really wants in a relationship and what a “love marriage” really means.
Released on February 3.
Brunette girl like me
Brunette girl like me is both a brief and a manifesto that aims to inspire and equip women with the confidence and tools they need to navigate the complexities that come with an intersectional identity. Kaur addresses key issues such as media, workplace, home, mental health, culture, and body, to help South Asian women understand and address issues that affect them and help them be in charge of their own lives.
Released on February 17th.
Tangled in Terror: Uproot Islamophobia
Islamophobia is everywhere. It’s a narrative and story so deeply ingrained in everyday life that it’s sometimes not even noticeable – in our education, the way we travel, our healthcare, our legal system, and at work. Manzoor-Khan looks at how Islamophobia not only lives under the skin of those it marks, but is an international political project designed to divide people in the name of security, and can only be truly rooted out if we do not focus on what it
is But what is it Is it that.
Released on March 20.
Hope & Glory
Glory returns to Peckham, from his seemingly glamorous life in Los Angeles, to mourn the sudden death of his father, and finds that his previously close family has fallen apart in his absence. Her brother, Victor, was imprisoned. Her sister, Faith, seems to have lost her independence and her ambition. And their mother, Celeste, is headed for depression. Glory is upset by their dismay, and rather than returning to LA, she decides to stay and try to reunite them again. However, when she uncovers a huge family secret, Glory risks losing everyone she cares about in her quest for the truth.
Released April 7.
Dimple Pennington doesn’t have much in common with his half-siblings other than faint childhood memories of coming through Brixton and some pretty complex abandonment issues. She has bigger things to think about, like her terrible boyfriend and the fact that she has never felt so lonely. But a dramatic event brings Nikisha, Danny, Lizzie and Prynce back into her life, along with the absent father they never really knew, Cyril, and things get even more complicated.
Released April 28.
Sadia Azmat is an actress who loves sex. She is also a Muslim woman wearing the hijab. The two are in a long-standing relationship, but it’s complicated. Everyone likes to put it in a box but it has so many different sides so why make it choose? In these bold and honest memoir, Azmat describes with perfect humor the many ups and downs she has gone through in her life, from embracing her sexuality, rejecting an arranged marriage, to her relationship with her. scarf. It is a memory that is sure to bring you warmth and joy!
Released in May. 26.
Love, wine and other effects: a kind of memory
Lauren Rae thought she guessed it all. Leaving her awkward adolescence in the past, the future was hers. Why shouldn’t she have it all? Dream job, nice house, perfect man, good friends. But growing up as a young black woman in the early 2000s wasn’t quite the dream Lauren had imagined. On the original soundtrack from the 2000s, with
on TV and Amy Winehouse on the radio, Lauren Rae’s candid, funny, and at times heart-wrenching memoir will pull on the heartstrings and ring a few bells for anyone wondering if they will ever find success and happiness. Sex and the city
Released on June 1st.
These impossible things
These impossible things traces the dreams and disappointments of a group of British Muslim women; Jenna, Kees and Malak. They have been friends for years: the three of them together against the world. Yet one night changes everything between them and they are left adrift, isolated from each other as their lives take different paths. Without each other’s support, nothing seems to be going well and as a result of heartaches, marriages, new careers and new starts. Will they be able to forgive each other in time?
Released on June 9.
It is a continent
It is a continent aims to counter the misconception that Africa is a country by breaking down this vast, beautiful and complex continent into regions and countries. Each of the 54 African countries has a unique history and culture, and this book highlights the key historical moments that have shaped each nation with each chapter focusing on a different country. It’s a book that shines a light on African stories and personalities who have been marginalized in mainstream education, in a humorous and accessible way, breaking down facts and events you wouldn’t believe happened.
Released July 7.
Honey & Spice
Bolu Babalola finally offers us the romantic comedy we have been patiently waiting for.
Kiki Banjo is an expert on relationship escape and enjoys keeping her feelings close to her chest. As the host of the popular student radio show,
Brown sugar, it’s her mission to ensure that the women who make up the Afro-Caribbean Society at Whitewell University don’t fall for the mess of “situations”, players and heartache, either. But when Kiki meets Malakai Korede – whom she has publicly denounced as “Whitewell’s Wasteman” – her defenses are weakened and her heart is compromised. She soon finds herself in danger of falling in love with the very man she has warned her daughters about.
Released on July 21.