Must-read books this April | St James's London


Must-read books this April

Your next central London bookstore haul

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From legendary authors to debut writers, art books and rare first editions, we’ve got a list of hand-picked titles for you to get stuck into. Discover our top picks and expert recommendations from our exceptional book stockists in St James’s and read your way through 2024.


Established in 1797, Hatchards is one of the oldest and most famous booksellers in the United Kingdom. This month, immerse yourself after being marooned at a luxury hotel on the Amalfi Coast in the thrilling 'The Gentleman from Peru' by André Aciman. This atmospheric love story is not one to miss.

If you prefer non-fiction, Hatchards recommends, 'The Promised Party' by Jennifer Clement. From growing up next to Frida Kahlo's house to experiencing counter-culture in 1980s New York, this account of a life intertwined with art and revolution across two countries makes for a fascinating read.

Daniel Crouch Rare Books

A specialist dealer in rare books, Daniel Crouch Rare Books stocks first editions and antique prints dating back to between the 15th to the 19th centuries with a focus on travel and discovery.

This month, Daniel's recommendations include a journey into early Americana with the ‘Ionannis Cameras minoratani’, by Caius Julius Solinus. Dated 1520, this landmark work in American cartography includes the first map in a printed book to include the word ‘America’. The only printed map to use the name ‘America’ before this was Martin Waldsemuller's 12-sheet map of the world, which was purchased by the Library of Congress for ten million dollars. Another central piece for any collection is Peter Martyr’s map of Florida and the West Indies which is the first map specifcally devoted to the New World, dated 1511.


You may need to invest in some extra shelf space after a visit to Waterstones Piccadilly, as there’s something for everyone. With six storeys of books, alongside a gallery café, bar and restaurant - you can sit down for the day and unwind with a book and a drink. If you have been enjoying Andrew Scott’s appearance in the new Netflix adaptation of 'The Talented Mr Ripley' then turn to Patricia Highsmith’s original novels. There are five Ripley novels to enjoy and if you whip through those then she also wrote the novels that were later adapted into 'Strangers On A Train and Carol'.

Maison Assouline

Discover the latest designer coffee table books at Maison Assouline. Shop until you drop, then treat yourself to a cocktail or two at its Swans Bar. If you’d like to make a quick trip around the world, browse Assouline’s expansive Travel From Home collection. This month, swap winter blues for ocean hues in its new 'Ocean Wonderlust' tome.

Thomas Heneage

The heart of the art world, Thomas Heneage curates an exceptional selection of art books within its walls. If you're interested in Roman material culture of the first millennium, explore the the latest title 'Unbound From Rome'. Whilst you’re there, why not browse its collection of signed books, limited editions, and original works of arts.

If the book worm in you is not yet satisfied, why not discover more great bookshops in our neighbourhood. Take a break from your work day and settle in with a book at one of our best places to work remotely in London.