Best books

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The best books to give as presents this Christmas
Authors and Observer critics choose the books they will be giving as gifts this year – and the one they’d like to find in their own stocking

11, Dec, 2022 @11:59 AM

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Five of the best science fiction and fantasy books of 2022
A deep space community, a compelling critique of empire, a UFO novel like no other and more

Adam Roberts

03, Dec, 2022 @9:00 AM

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The best crime and thriller books of 2022
Ajay Chowdhury and Ian Rankin are among the authors of this year’s standout novels, including cosy escapes, dodgy cops and a murder told backwards

Laura Wilson

03, Dec, 2022 @9:00 AM

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Best science books of 2022
Preventing future pandemics, the secrets of the Higgs boson and the surprising roots of plastic surgery

Alok Jha

03, Dec, 2022 @9:00 AM

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The best memoirs and biographies of 2022
Heartfelt memoirs from Richard E Grant and Viola Davis, childhood tales of religious dogma, and vivid insights into Agatha Christie and John Donne

Fiona Sturges

03, Dec, 2022 @9:00 AM

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The best history and politics books of 2022
The newsworthy wit of Marina Hyde, the historical roots of British nostalgia, and two takes on a divided US

Alex von Tunzelmann

03, Dec, 2022 @9:00 AM

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The best comics and graphic novels of 2022
A pandemic stream-of‑consciousness, an artist in the making and a bird society on the moon are among this year’s favourites

James Smart

03, Dec, 2022 @9:00 AM

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The best food books of 2022
Memories of growing up in a takeaway, eulogies to pressure cookers and snacks, and the best of Jamaican and Indian cuisine

Rachel Roddy

03, Dec, 2022 @9:00 AM

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Best fiction of 2022
Dazzling invention from Jennifer Egan, a state-of-the nation tale from Jonathan Coe and impressive debut novels and short stories are among this year’s highlights

Justine Jordan

03, Dec, 2022 @9:00 AM

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Best children’s and YA books of 2022
Journeys through music, history, magic and more, plus the standout books for young adults

Imogen Russell Williams

03, Dec, 2022 @9:00 AM

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The best music books of 2022
Black women in pop, British heavy metal, and the story behind Chirpy Chirpy, Cheep Cheep

Alexis Petridis

03, Dec, 2022 @9:00 AM

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The best poetry books of 2022
Meditations on modern Britain, 100 queer poems, and evocations of the natural world are among this year’s standout collections

Rishi Dastidar

03, Dec, 2022 @9:00 AM

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