We're alive and kicking at Wolvengracht 23

4 July 2014

The prophets foretold this many moons ago, and as the long years dragged by, god knows we all lost faith. But praise be, I bring proof! There really is a Wolvengracht 23! There are books in it! And look, one lady's even buying some!

We are officially open in our new location. It's just a 20-second walk across the road, but feel free to use our handy map below.

Thanks for all your patience and support!

Opening update

20 June 2014

The opening of the new store has slipped just a little more. Our current tentative date - barring any further unforeseen circumstances - is next Wednesday, 25 June. This isn't final though, so please keep an eye on the website before you come. Thanks so much for your patience; our aching shoulders appreciate it. *naked play for sympathy*

On the plus side: we haz a sign!

New Sterling opening soon; CLOSED for now!

17 June 2014

Okay - good news and bad news.

We're hauling boxes across the road as fast as we can, but due to a few construction delays our opening date has slipped a little. We're now estimating it'll be this Saturday, 21 June, but keep your eyes on the website and we promise we'll keep you updated. (UPDATE: it's now slipped a little; see above!)

Good news: above is your first exclusive sneak peek of the new store across the road at Wolvengracht 23!

Why did the bookshop cross the road?

19 April 2014

Dear customers,

Sterling is moving! But not far. In fact, just over the road. We'll be settling into our new, more compact but still lovely premises, a 10 second walk across the street, at the start of June. Fiction on the left. Non-fiction on the right. NO STAIRS.

Until then, things will carry on as normal... with a few exceptions.

First, the café is now closed. We really appreciate all the support you gave it, and the amazing job our café girls and guys did.

Second, we're now adopting new opening hours:

Monday to Saturday
10.00 to 18.00

We'll now be closed on Sundays.

Third -- and here's the nice bit -- we're having an enormous clearance sale. We'll be bargain central every day from now until June.

Thanks for your understanding, and thanks as always for being the best customers a bookshop could ever hope for. We're excited about the new shop and we hope you'll love it when it's ready!

All the best,

The Sterling team

New opening times

31 March 2014

From April 2014 onwards, our opening times will be:

Monday to Saturday: 10.00 to 18.00

We'll now be closed on Sundays.

Thanks for your understanding!

March bestsellers

31 March 2014

1. The 500 Hidden Secrets of Brussels - Derek Blyth
2. The Accident - Chris Pavone
3. Stoner - John Williams
4. The Fault in Our Stars - John Green
5. The Sleepwalkers - Christopher Clark
6. Expo 58 - Jonathan Coe
7. Life After Life - Kate Atkinson
8. The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt
9. The Xenophobe's Guide to the Belgians
10. Belgian Solutions - David Helbich

OMG, it's Comics Month

6 March 2014

As March dawns and the flowers begin to bloom, so too does our selection of graphic novels creep, vine-like, down the stairs and blossom into a beguiling bouquet of the newest, the hottest and the best the world of comics has to offer.

Dance with childlike glee into its heady aroma, Brussels... and BREATHE DEEPLY.

Chris Pavone returns with 'The Accident'

4 March 2014


Wednesday 26 March, 19.00


Two years ago we enjoyed a highly entertaining evening with bestselling author Chris Pavone for the release of the international hit The Expats.

This month he'll be joining us again to talk about his brand new book The Accident, a gripping thriller about a mysterious, anonymous manuscript that threatens to expose the powerful and upturn the lives of everyone surrounding it.

Join us at 7pm, and enjoy complimentary refreshments.

"Chris Pavone is the new best thing. The Accident proves the promise of The Expats. It is as intelligent and timely as it is relentless and gripping. Pavone is going to be around for a long time and now is the time to jump on the train." - Michael Connelly