The best nonfiction books of 2022, from Notes on Heartbreak to White Debt


Hysteric by Pragya Agarwal

Why are women more likely to be called hysterical than Men – and is there any truth? Behavioral scientist Agarwal debunks well-worn myths in this compelling tale of gendered emotions.

(Canongate, £16.99)

brother. do. you. to like. me. by Manni & Reuben Coe

The title of this book is the baffling text Mannie received from his brother, who has Down syndrome, which prompted his mission to remove him from the care system. An enriching read.

(Little Toller, £22)

About a Son by David Whitehouse

Morgan Hehir enjoyed Soccer, the pub and making music – until he was stabbed to death by strangers. This is the story of his father dealing with grief and searching for justice – a desperately sad, yet unifying book.

(Phoenix, £16.99)

What We Want by Charlotte Fox Weber

Offering a look at the wall at his therapy room, Fox Weber explores our 12 most common desires – from power to belonging. What we want is one of those books that will make you look at your life (and yourself) anew.

(Wildfires, £20)

Happy Mind, Happy Life by Dr Rangan Chatterjee

From the famous GP comes a book on Happiness Packed with tips that are both great and easy to implement, making it one of the most practical wellness books out there.

(Penguin Life, £16.99)

How to Live When You Might Be Dead by Deborah James

You would be hard pressed to find a single person who has not been touched by the story of Lady Deborah, who died this year of bowel cancer. His legacy continues with this life-affirming book.

(Vermilion, £14.99)

Don’t Forget to Scream by Marianne Levy

Everyone – parent or not – should read these first-person essays on maternity. Beautifully written and startlingly honest, the book propels quiet truths to the fore.

(Phoenix, £14.99)

Let’s talk about Nihal Arthanayake

While this book of BBC Radio 5 live presenter will teach you how to be a great conversationalist, his power extends beyond, providing a path to effective dialogue in an increasingly divided world.

(Trapeze, £16.99)

Why hasn’t anyone told me this before? by Dr. Julie Smith

From managing anxiety to dealing with criticism, this is a toolkit of deceptively simple strategies for life’s problems. Everyone could benefit from the wisdom of clinical psychologist Dr. Smith.

(Michael Joseph, £16.99)

female dog by Lucy Cooke

Chronicling examples of dominant, promiscuous, competitive and aggressive female species across the animal kingdom, Cooke upends everything you thought you knew about female evolution and biology.

(Double day, £20)

Sadia Azmat sex bomb

Azmat is both a sex-loving actress and a hijab-wearing Muslim. sex bomb is the wickedly entertaining story about the marriage of these two factors – as well as important reading that breaks the stereotypes.

(Title, £18.99)

Sam Knight’s Office of Premonitions

A magnificent journey into fate, coincidence and prognosis, it’s a deep dive into the investigations of a psychiatrist who monitored people’s forebodings in the 1960s.

(Faber, £14.99)

The History of Art Without Men by Katy Hessel

This eye-opening read is a history of late revisionist art – ignoring the pale, masculine canon to celebrate female artists who have been overlooked for centuries.

(Hutchinson Heinemann, £30)

This is not a pity memoir by Abi Morgan

A harrowing account of what happened when The split the designer’s husband fell into a coma, only to wake up and need round-the-clock care – and also the joyous story of their life together.

(John Murray, £14.99)

A Walking Heart by Rob Delaney

This tender memoir, about the actor losing his two-year-old son to a brain tumor, is painfully sad but his meditations on loss, family and hope are so profound you’ll walk out the other side. of this book a different person.

(Crown, £16.99)

White Debt by Thomas Harding

After the author discovered that his family had made money from plantations worked by slaves, he set out to investigate Britain’s sinister and unspoken legacy. slavery in this essential reading.

(W&N, £20)

Quilt on Fire by Christie Watson

Subtitled “The Messy Magic of Midlife”, Nurse Christie Watson is delightfully funny and candid about life as a woman in perimenopause in all its (sweaty) glory. A book to offer to all your sisters, mothers and friends.

(Chatto & Windus, £16.99)

The Life Inside by Andy West

West teaches philosophy in prisons – and teaches himself a lot about guilt, agency and forgiveness. A compassionate look at our the judicial system and the complexities of those behind bars.

(Picador, £16.99)

Notes on Heartbreak by Annie Lord

After reading this memoir, a rough dissection of vogue Chronicler Lord’s breakup and all that led up to it will alter your perception of love, life, and renewal for the better.

(Orion, £16.99)

Raven Smith’s Men by Raven Smith

By weaving memories with an exploration of modern masculinity, vogue Columnist Smith has produced a witty and highly readable collection in which he struggles between his love and dismay for men.

(Fourth Estate, £14.99)

Takeout by Angela Hui

Many of us feel a fondness for our local takeaways, but these memoirs, recounting Hui’s childhood living above his family’s Chinese takeaways in rural Wales, will instill even greater appreciation. deep.

(Trapeze, £16.99)

The intermediary of Osman Yousefzada

Yousefzada describes growing up in a devout Pashtun patriarchal community in the mid-80s and 90s Birmingham red-light district with such vividness that it’s as if you were right there with him.

(Canongate, £14.99)

How to stand up to a dictator by Maria Ressa

The journalist and 2021 Nobel Peace Prize laureate writes a stunning tale of keeping truth in power, becoming the enemy of the former president of the Philippines, and facing a lengthy prison sentence.

(WH Allen, £20, out November 17)


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