Monday 1st April: CLOSED for annual inventory

29 March 2019

We'll be CLOSED on Monday 1st April for our annual inventory. Many thanks for your understanding!

Seasonal opening hours 2018

21 December 2018

Saturday 22 December: 10.00-18.30
Sunday 23 December: 12.00-18.30

Monday 24 December: 10.00-17.00
Tuesday 25 December: CLOSED
Wednesday 26 December: 10.00-18.30
Thursday 27 December: 10.00-18.30
Friday 28 December: 10.00-18.30
Saturday 29 December: 10.00-18.30
Sunday 30 December: CLOSED

Monday 31 December: 10.00-17.00
Tuesday 1 January: CLOSED

We're open for the next two Sundays!

14 December 2018

We're happy to announce that we'll be open on Sunday 16th and Sunday 23rd December, from 12.00 to 18.30!

Privacy statement

Sterling Books takes privacy seriously, and we only take the very limited information we need. We never pass data to advertisers, and you can request, amend or delete your information at any time. In line with the EU's new General Data Protection Regulation, we've set out more detail below.

What information do we take and what do we use it for?

When you place an order or make an enquiry, we may ask for your name and your contact details, such as your email address or phone number. If you order the book by email or by phone, we may take down the address or phone number you contacted us from. We use these details to contact you when your book arrives and if we need to check anything with you about your order.

If you have additional requests such as posting the book or making an invoice for your purchase, we'll ask for the extra information we need to do so, such as your postal address or your company's invoice information.

We may also ask if you'd like to be on our email mailing list. You can sign up for that in the shop, on our website, or by email. If so, you'll receive our occasional newsletters, in which we share our latest news, offers and events. You can quickly and easily unsubscribe from them at any time.

We keep a database of our customer orders and reservations. This lets us keep track of our stock and of which customer orders have been fulfilled. We never use this information for profiling or marketing purposes. Like all other information we keep, you can ask us to delete it at any time.

The only third parties who handle our data are our database provider and - if you choose to receive our newsletter - our mailing list provider. We never pass your data on to advertisers or marketers.

What rights do I have over my information?

You have complete control of all the details we have stored. You can:

  • Request a copy of all your information we have stored
  • Amend any piece of your information
  • Delete all of your information

    You can do this at any time, by email, by phone or in person.

  • Christmas time at Sterling

    14 December 2017

    Christmas time is here, and as usual we have Christmas crackers, mince pies, Christmas puddings, Chocolate Oranges and a host of other seasonal treats. And of course, we'll wrap all your gifts in our beautiful range of Christmas wrapping paper and ribbons.

    We'll be open for the two Sundays before Christmas, so these are the seasonal exceptions to our regular opening hours:

    Sunday 17 December: OPEN from 12.00 to 18.00
    Sunday 24 December: OPEN from 11.00 to 17.00
    Monday 25 December: Closed
    Monday 1 December: Closed

    We wish you a lovely festive season from everyone here at Sterling!

    Win: 'Winter is Coming' and 'You Win or You Die'

    1 August 2017

    UPDATE: The competition is now over. Congratulations to all the winners!

    Game of Thrones is back on TV, and we have two extremely relevant books to give away. 'Winter is Coming' is a fascinating guide to the real-life medieval world which inspired the series; 'You Win or You Die' does the same for the ancient world.

    To win one of them, just email with the subject line "Game of Thrones competition" and give us a book recommendation for a GoT character of your choice. Good luck!

    All sales books now 75% off!

    24 July 2017

    We've slashed our sales even further. From today, all our sales books are 75% off the sticker price!

    3 for 2 on the Sterling Summer Selection

    17 July 2017

    Our Summer Selection is our annual pick of the most interesting and most popular titles of the last few years, perfect to grab for your summer reading. This year is our best offer ever: buy two, get a third absolutely free!

    The full list is below:

    A God in Ruins - Kate Atkinson
    The Heart Goes Last - Margaret Atwood
    The Sellout - Paul Beatty
    A Manual for Cleaning Women - Lucia Berlin
    The Miniaturist - Jessie Burton
    Number 11 - Jonathan Coe
    Belgravia - Julian Fellowes
    The Blazing World - Siri Hustvedt
    The Buried Giant - Kazuo Ishiguro
    A Brief History of Seven Killings - Marlon James
    The Vegetarian - Han Kang
    I Love Dick - Chris Kraus
    Go Set a Watchman - Harper Lee
    The High Mountains of Portugal - Yann Martel
    Slade House - David Mitchell
    The Mark and the Void - Paul Murray
    Grief is the Thing with Feathers - Max Porter
    How to be Both - Ali Smith
    My Name is Lucy Barton - Elizabeth Strout
    Stoner - John Williams
    A Little Life - Hanya Yanagihara

    Crime and thrillers:
    The Axeman's Jazz - Ray Celestin
    The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins
    The Lady from Zagreb - Philip Kerr

    Sci-fi and fantasy:
    The Peripheral - William Gibson
    Ancillary Justice - Ann Leckie
    Uprooted - Naomi Novik
    The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss
    The Martian - Andy Weir

    SPQR - Mary Beard
    The Sleepwalkers - Christopher Clark
    Dynasty - Tom Holland
    Germany - Neil MacGregor
    The Fall of the Ottomans - Eugene Rogan
    Battling the Gods - Tim Whitmarsh

    Postcapitalism - Paul Mason
    Against Elections - David Van Reybrouck

    Modern Romance - Aziz Ansari
    So You've Been Publically Shamed - Jon Ronson

    Confabulations - John Berger
    Yes Please - Amy Poehler
    The Shepherd's Life - James Rebanks
    On the Move - Oliver Sacks

    Travel and language:
    The Road to Little Dribbling - Bill Bryson
    Through the Language Glass - Guy Deutscher
    Lost Japan - Alex Kerr
    Nothing is True and Everything is Possible: Adventures in Modern Russia - Peter Pomerantsev
    Deep South - Paul Theroux

    Sapiens - Yuval Noah Harari
    Seven Brief Lessons on Physics - Carlo Rovelli