FBA’s Books of the Summer 2022

Posted on 08/07/2022

With July in full swing, the highly anticipated summer reading lists are back once again. This year we are delighted to see 10 of our books chosen as the best reads of the summer. Whether you’re staying at home for a relaxing summer and wanting something to curl up with, or braving the chaotic airports and looking for a beach read, we’ve got you covered. Below, we round up the FBA titles on summer reading lists so far, which can all be purchased through bookshop.org by clicking the title.

Fiction

THIS IS GONNA END IN TEARS BY LIZA KLAUSSMANN (JOHN MURRAY, 7 JULY 2022)

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I loved her first two novels and have been waiting ages for her third. It opens with steamy scenes between three young friends before age sours everything.” – i News, ‘Summer Books 2022’

THE PROMISE BY DAMON GALGUT (VINTAGE, 3 MARCH 2022)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winner of the 2021 Booker Prize

“Inventive and full of energy” – The Times, ‘Summer Reads’

Non-Fiction

PORTABLE MAGIC BY EMMA SMITH (ALLEN LANE, 28 APRIL 2022)

 

 

 

 

 

 

“A wildly entertaining study and celebration of books in all their forms… fascinating and slyly amusing” – The Sunday Times, ‘Summer Books’

“Smith explores the physicality of books through the ages – “bookhood”, as she puts it – in this homage to the tactile pleasures of reading… it is filled with historical nuggets.” – The Guardian, ‘Summer reading: the 50 hottest new books for a great escape’

“This brilliant history of books refuses to coo with “rosy nostalgia”. Rather, Smith – a noted Shakespearean – tells a spiky story alive to the malignity of books.” – The Daily Telegraph, Get on board with a book

ON AGORAPHOBIA BY GRAHAM CAVENEY (PICADOR, 28 APRIL 2022)

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Simultaneously a memoir and a fascinating cultural history of the condition, it’s entertaining and erudite” – The Guardian, David Nicholls’s Pick  for ‘Summer Books’

OTHERLANDS BY THOMAS HALLIDAY (ALLEN LANE, 1 FEBRUARY 2022)

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I read it in January and thought it might be the best book of 2022. It’s now June. It’s still top of my list.” – The Sunday Times, ‘Summer Books’

“His hallucinatory book travels back in time, past the ice-bound Pleistocene, 20,000 years ago, all the way back to the first stirrings of multicellular life, 550 million years ago, via dwarf elephants, giant swans and 3ft-tall barn owls.” – The Daily Telegraph, ‘Get on board with a book’

THE FAIRY TELLERS BY NICHOLAS JUBBER (JOHN MURRAY, 20 JANUARY 2022)

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Jubber’s riveting book celebrates these magical stories and explores the unlikely people who originally brought them to life” – The Financial Times, ‘Best summer books of 2022: Literary non-fiction’

THE INSECT CRISIS BY OLIVER MILMAN (ATLANTIC BOOKS, 20 JANUARY 2022)

 

 

 

 

 

 

“They’re not always easy to like (Darwin was notably unimpressed by the contribution of the revolting parasitoid wasp), but insects are essential to life on Earth…  As Guardian journalist Milman sets out in fascinating detail, though, they are under unprecedented threat from habitat destruction and pesticide use.” – The Guardian, ‘Summer reading: the 50 hottest new books for a great escape’

THE EXPECTATION EFFECT BY DAVID ROBSON (CANONGATE, 6 JANUARY 2022)

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Robson surveys the latest counterintuitive research on how our expectations shape us – with tips on how to apply its insights to our own lives.” –  The Guardian, ‘Summer reading: the 50 hottest new books for a great escape’

ENGLAND’S DREAMING BY JON SAVAGE (FABER & FABER, 3 JUNE 2021)

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Jon Savage’s hefty but definitive history of UK punk in the 70s.”-  i News, ‘Summer books 2022’

CONSTABLE BY JAMES HAMILTON (W&N, 17 FEBRUARY 2022)

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The great painter John Constable, with his sharp eye and satirical tongue for his contemporaries, comes to life in a biography as rich with colourful characters as any novel.” – The Daily Telegraph, ‘Get on board with a book’

Children’s and YA

FRIENDS LIKE THESE BY MEG ROSOFF (BLOOMSBURY, 9 JUNE 2022)

 

 

 

 

 

“Meg Rosoff (How I Live Now, The Great Godden) conjures dazzlingly that stage of life when the possibilities can be endless but the probability is that you’ll just annoy your boss, snog someone inappropriate and lose a friend. This summer’s must-read.” – The Times, ‘Holiday Heartstoppers for Teenagers’

THE LIGHT IN EVERYTHING BY KATYA BALEN (BLOOMSBURY CHILDREN’S, 14 APRIL 2022)

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Any of her three books would be great summer reads, but the most recent, for 9+, The Light in Everything, about a blended family, is written with a beautiful clarity” – Sunday Times, ‘Summer Books’