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January Roundup: 5 New Books to Add to Your 2022 Reading List

If you are looking for a month-by-month roundup of all the wonderful books that are being published with more diverse themes, look no further! Here’s a quick list of some books that were released in January 2022 which are either written by people of colour and/or feature queer content. I will be continuing this list on a monthly basis, so be sure to check back in with Uncanon Books regularly!

1. Fiona and Jane

Author: Jean Chen Ho

Published: 04/01/2022

Publisher: Viking Press USA, Penguin Random House

‘In stories told in alternating voices, Jean Chen Ho's debut collection peels back the layers of female friendship - the intensity, resentment, and boundless love - to probe the beating hearts of young women coming to terms with themselves, and each other, in light of the insecurities and shame that holds them back.’

2. Wahala: A Novel

Author: Nikki May

Published: 06/01/2022

Publisher: Doubleday, Transworld, Penguin Random House

‘Explosive, hilarious and wildly entertaining, this razor-sharp tale of love, race and family will have you laughing, crying and gasping in horror. Fearlessly political about class, colourism and clothes, the spellbinding Wahala is for anyone who has ever cherished friendship, in all its forms.’

3. Daughter of the Moon Goddess

Author: Sue Lynn Tan

Published: 20/01/2022

Publisher: HarperVoyager, HarperCollins Publishers

‘A captivating debut fantasy inspired by the legend of the Chinese moon goddess. A young woman's quest to free her mother pits her against the most powerful immortal in the realm, setting her on a dangerous path where those she loves are not the only ones at risk…’

4. East Side Voices

Author: Edited by Helena Lee

Published: 20/01/2022

Publisher: Sceptre, Hodder & Stoughton, Hachette

‘In this bold, first-of-its kind collection, East Side Voices invites us to explore a dazzling spectrum of experience from the East and Southeast Asian diaspora living in Britain today.’

5. The Love That Dares

Authors: Rachel Smith, Barbara Vesey

Published: 27/01/2022

Publisher: Ilex Press, Octopus Publishing Group, Hachette

‘In The Love That Dares, queer love speaks its name through a wonderful selection of surviving letters between lovers and friends, confidants and companions. Alongside the more famous names coexist beautifully written letters by lesser-known lovers. Together, they weave a narrative of queer love through the centuries, through the romantic, often funny, and always poignant words of those who lived it.’

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