Bestsellers of 2015

26 January 2016

Better late than never, our bestseller list of 2015 - sponsored this year by Paula Hawkins' ruthless, unyielding triumph. Here's to more thrillers in 2016 with "The Girl" in the title than we ever dreamt was possible!

1. The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins
2. Go Set a Watchman - Harper Lee
3. All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr
4. The 500 Hidden Secrets of Brussels - Derek Blyth
5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6. Paper Towns - John Green
7. The Martian - Andy Weir
8. This Changes Everything - Naomi Klein
9. The Children Act - Ian McEwan
10. Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

All sales books now 75% off

22 January 2016

It's the big 75 - that is, per cent off all our sales books. Crazy-low prices on hundreds of titles from all our sections!

Our January sale kicks off

2 January 2016

Our January sale is in full swing, with 50% off hundreds of books from all our sections! Best of all, there was no need to cut out any more circles than I had to. Thanks, Proto-Indo-European!

Christmas opening hours 2015

24 December 2015

24 December: close early at 4pm
25 December: closed
1 January: closed

All other days are as normal.

A very merry Christmas from everyone here at Sterling!

Christmas hits Sterling

11 December 2015

We're proud to unveil this year's beautiful Christmas window! Inside you'll find a fortress of British Christmas goodies: mince pies, Christmas puddings and Christmas crackers. And yes, we are giving out samples!

Also, spend €75 with us this Christmas and you'll get a little present - a free box of tempting peppermint candy canes (while stocks last).

Best of all, to give you a little extra shopping time, we'll be open for the next two Sundays (the 13th and the 20th), from 12 to 6pm.

Merry Christmas from all of us!

The amazing Sterling gift guide 2015

10 December 2015

Stuck for present ideas? Sterling has you covered. We've compiled the perfect gift guide for all of your tricky family and friends.

1. For your Youtuber...

The Amazing Book is Not on Fire
Come on a journey inside the minds of internet superstars Dan and Phil, and explore over 200 colourful pages of hilarious anecdotes, behind-the-scenes photos and maybe even some helpful advice!

2. For your favourite vegan...

Isa Does It

How does Isa Chandra Moskowitz make flavourful and satisfying vegan meals from scratch every day, often in 30 minutes or less? It's easy! In 'Isa Does It', the beloved cookbook author shares 150 new recipes to make weeknight cooking a breeze. Mouthwatering recipes like Sweet Potato Red Curry with Rice and Kale, Bistro Beet Burgers, and Summer Seitan Saute with Coriander and Lime illustrate how simple and satisfying meat-free food can be. From skilled vegan chefs, to those new to the vegan pantry, or just cooks looking for some fresh ideas, Isa's unfussy recipes and quirky commentary will make everyone's time in the kitchen fun and productive.

3. For your literary joker...

Step Aside, Pops

Wonder Woman! Hunks! Great men and women of history! Step aside - Kate Beaton is coming for you. The author of the smash hit 'Hark! A Vagrant' returns with all-new sidesplitting comics that showcase her irreverent love of history, pop culture and literature. Collected from her wildly popular website, readers will guffaw over 'Strong Female Characters', the wicked yet chivalrous Black Prince, 'Straw Feminists in the Closet' and a disgruntled Heathcliff.

4. For your Westeros obsessive...

Game of Scones

A book of edible recipes from the Seven Kingdoms. Jammy Lannister, by right of birth, blood and dough, has laid his claim to the Iron Scone of Westeros: join him as he fights his way through the kitchen, encountering edible desserts and baked goods including Unsullied Soldiers (without nuts), Brienne of Tart, Jaime and Cersei's Family Mess and Tyrion's Shortbread.

5. For your proud Belgian (or frustrated expat)...

Belgian Solutions

It's back! The Brussels-based artist David Helbich started collecting 'Belgian Solutions' in 2006. Once he started to share his photos online in 2008, the project gathered speed, with contributions by Belgian Solutions spotters all over the world. This is the third, updated and improved edition.

6. For your plucky little Gaul...

Asterix and the Missing Scroll

The long awaited new album featuring Asterix, the Gaul. Julius Caesar has finished writing the history of his campaigns in Gaul. His publisher, Libellus Blockbustus, forsees a huge success, but there's a snag: the chapter about Caesar's defeats by the indomitable Gauls of Armorica...

7. For your bird-lover...

Bungee Bird Feeder

Squirrels and sparrows are big fans of extreme sports, so this bungee jumping feeder will give them a treat. Made from bird food, this dude will bungee dive from wherever you hang him - tree/garden shed/patio window. Neighbours will wonder where he came from - and the pigeons will appreciate your unique taste in bird feeders. Give this little man a go before you invest in that floral hanging basket!

8. For your hilarious atheist...

Secular Saints: Charles Darwin Candle

Show your devotion to Charles Darwin, the patron saint of slow, random, gradual, adaptive change (and finches), with this colorful votive! This candle will look great in your study, in your state room, or in the hot-house as you make notes on the orchids and carnivorous plants.

9. For your book hoarder...

Home Guard Book End

The original Home Guard consisted of volunteers who were unable to go to war during World War II. Despite this, they stood strong against the threat to peace and harmony at home. These resin soldiers will dutifully stay behind, determined to keep domestic peace against the menace of slamming doors and falling books.

10. For your art freak...

Keeping an Eye Open

Julian Barnes began writing about art in his 1989 novel 'A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters'. Since then he has written a series of remarkable essays, chiefly about French artists, which trace the story of how art made its way from Romanticism to Realism and into Modernism. Fully illustrated in colour throughout, 'Keeping an Eye Open' contains Barnes' essays on Gericault, Delacroix, Courbet, Manet, Fantin-Latour, Cezanne, Degas, Redon, Bonnard, Vuillard, Vallotton, Braque, Magritte, Oldenburg, Howard Hodgkin and Lucian Freud.

11. For your music buff...

M Train

'M Train' begins in the tiny Greenwich Village cafe where Patti Smith goes every morning for black coffee, ruminates on the world as it is and the world as it was, and writes in her notebook. Braiding despair with hope and consolation, illustrated with her signature Polaroids, it is a meditation on travel, detective shows, literature and coffee. It is a powerful, deeply moving book by one of the most remarkable artists at work today.

12. For the morbidly fascinated...

Crucial Interventions

The nineteenth century saw a complete transformation of the practice and reputation of surgery. Crucial Interventions follows its increasingly optimistic evolution, drawing from the very best examples of rare surgical textbooks with a focus on the extraordinary visual materials of the mid-nineteenth century. Unnerving and graphic, yet beautifully rendered, these fascinating illustrations include step-by-step surgical techniques paired with medical instruments and painted depictions of operations in progress. Arranged for the layman from head to toe, and accompanied by an authoritative, eloquent and inspiring narrative from medical historian Richard Barnett, author of 2014 bestseller 'The Sick Rose', 'Crucial Interventions' is a unique and captivating book on one of the world's most mysterious and macabre professions.

13. For your Potter diehard...

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: Deluxe Illustrated Edition

Prepare to be spellbound by Jim Kay's dazzling depiction of the wizarding world and much loved characters in this full-colour illustrated hardback edition of the world's favourite children's book - 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone'. Brimming with rich detail and humour that perfectly complements J.K. Rowling's timeless classic, Jim Kay's glorious illustrations will captivate fans and new readers alike.

14. For your Trekkie...

Star Trek Retro Bag

Delight the nerd in your life with this super-cool messenger bag!

15. For your science geek...

Thing Explainer

Richard Feynman once said that if you can't explain something to a first-year student, you don't really get it. In 'Thing Explainer', Randall Munroe, creator of legendary webcomic 'xkcd', takes a quantum leap past this: he explains things using only drawings and a vocabulary of just our 1,000 most common words. Funny, interesting, and always understandable, this book is for anyone - age 5 to 105 - who has ever wondered how things work, and why.

Needless to say, we've barely scratched the surface. Just pop in for hundreds of other ideas!

Find us at the Boekenbeurs!

31 October 2015

From today until 11 November you'll find our beautiful stand at the Antwerpen Boekenbeurs for all your English book needs! The shop is, of course, open as normal.