The Sterling Summer Selection 2016: buy one, get one half price

22 August 2016

Although our fondness for pouring sand around is well-known, a tropical paradise hasn't just materialised in the window for the hell of it. Au contraire, it's the glorious return of the Sterling Summer Selection, our annual pick of the best recent titles to shove in your suitcase or just entertain yourself with through the precious weeks of sun.

This year, it's our best offer yet - buy one, get one half price - on 47 amazing books.

Attention full-list fans... the full list is below!


'This is How You Lose Her' by Junot Diaz
'The First Bad Man' by Miranda July
'Every Day is for the Thief' by Teju Cole
'We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves' by Karen Joy Fowler
'The Book of Strange New Things' by Michel Faber
'Redeployment' by Phil Klay
'Dept of Speculation' by Jenny Offill
'The Dressmaker' by Rosalie Ham
'The Circle' by Dave Eggers
'Funny Girl' by Nick Hornby
'The Rosie Project' by Graeme Simsion
'Beautiful Ruins' by Jess Walter
'Nora Webster' by Colm Toibin
'Our Kind of Traitor' by John Le Carré
'The Goldfinch' by Donna Tartt
'All the Bright Places' by Jennifer Niven
'Look Who's Back' by Timur Vermes
'The Bone Clocks' by David Mitchell
'Lila' by Marilynne Robinson
'The Stone Mattress' by Margaret Atwood
'The Red Queen' by Victoria Aveyard

Crime, thrillers, sci-fi and fantasy:

'Kolymsky Heights' by Lionel Davidson
'The Night Manager' by John Le Carré
'Gone Girl' by Gillian Flynn
'The Cuckoo's Calling' by Robert Galbraith
'Mr Mercedes' by Stephen King
'The Girl with All the Gifts' by MR Carey
'Gray Mountain' by John Grisham
'The Ocean at the End of the Lane' by Neil Gaiman


'Report from the Interior' by Paul Auster
'Wild' by Cheryl Strayed
'Girl in a Band' by Kim Gordon
'The Making of Home' by Judith Flanders
'The World Until Yesterday' by Jared Diamond
'A History of the World in Twelve Maps' by Jerry Brotton
'No Place to Hide' by Glenn Greenwald
'The Edge of the World' by Michael Pye
'This Changes Everything' by Naomi Klein
'Economics: The User's Guide' by Ha-Joon Chang
'Thinking, Fast and Slow' by Daniel Kahneman
'Vanished Kingdoms' by Norman Davies
'Is That a Fish in Your Ear?' by David Bellos
'The News' by Alain de Botton
'The Establishment' by Owen Jones
'Quiet' by Susan Cain
'A History of the World in 100 Objects' by Neil MacGregor
'What If?' by Randall Munroe

Join Nicola's Summer Reading Group 2016!

1 August 2016

Nicola's Summer Reading Group 2016
Saturday 3 September
15.00 to 17.00
€10 per person


Are you looking for something different to do this summer? Why not join Nicola’s Summer Reading Group!

Nicola has shortlisted 4 books recently published in paperback by both men and women writers from around the world. Read them over the summer months, either taking them on holidays with you or else allowing them to offer you an alternative way to travel the world through stories.

'Tram 83' by Fiston Mwanza Mujila (Democratic Republic of Congo)
'The Story of My Teeth' by Valeria Luiselli (Mexico)
'Reckless' by Hasan Ali Toptas (Turkey)
'Sleeping on Jupiter' by Anuradha Roy (India)

On Saturday 3rd September from 15:00 to 17:00, join Nicola and other readers at Sterling Books - snacks and refreshments provided - to discuss the stories and their styles, and to vote for the Best Summer Read 2016.

Buy your copy of one or all four titles at Sterling Books and receive a 10% discount when you mention Nicola's Book Club.

Admission is €10 (payable on site). Places are limited, so reserve your spot by contacting Nicola through her website.

We're OPEN Sunday 31 July: Harry Potter launch party at midday!

23 July 2016


However, we expect the next batch very soon next week - possibly even Monday or Tuesday. If you reserve one by the end of Sunday, we'll offer you the same special pre-order price of €24,99. Sorry for any disappointment!

Even if you didn't reserve a copy in time for Sunday, you're extremely welcome to come on Sunday and enjoy the drinks and games!


We've rescheduled our Harry Potter release party for Sunday 31st July! We'll be open all day from 10.00 to 18.30, and it's also the last day of our sales, so you'll find bargains all over the shop.

At around midday, with the shop transformed into a Potterish wonderland, the fun and games will begin. Enjoy various refreshments, meet your fellow Potter fans (staff and customers alike) and take part in games and quizzes. Dressing up is not obligatory, but everyone who does will get an extra surprise!

We're sad to have to reschedule, and please accept our apologies for having to change your plans at short notice. But we're going to make sure the party on Sunday will be just as fun. You can join the event on Facebook if you like - and do share it with your friends!

Pre-order your copy of the book now - just email, phone or comment here - and you'll get it at our special pre-order price of €24,99. Just call us or send a quick email to to reserve one.

Warner Bros. Entertainment and J.K. Rowling are not responsible for this event but, subject to conditions, they have kindly granted us permission to use the Harry Potter trade mark and other materials.

Sales: now 75% off!

23 July 2016

It's 75% day! Hundreds of books still on sale, now at even tinier prices. Get first dibs today!

It's sales time...

5 July 2016

...and the store is positively laden with half-price bargains from all our sections!

Win: tickets to the premiere (and other showings) of High-Rise!

24 June 2016

UPDATE: All the tickets are now gone; congratulations to all the winners!

Attention! We have five pairs of tickets to give away to the Antwerp Vertiginous High-Rise Avant-Première! Stay calm, because it'll all become clear.

The premiere of the eagerly-awaited, Hiddleston-starring adaptation of Ballard's dystopian novel is sponsored by VERTIGO, START IT @ KBC and Imagine Film Distribution, and takes place at Antwerp's fabulous KBC Tower on Monday 4th July. The guests will be welcomed at 19.15, and the showing is followed by the chance to visit the top floor to enjoy the splendid view, and - at your discretion - reflect on man's inhumanity to man.

And because not all of you can make it to Antwerp that evening, guess what? We also have 5 pairs of tickets valid in all cinemas which show the film, any day except weekends and national holidays, until the 2nd of August.

Just email with the subject line "High-Rise competition" - letting us know whether you'd prefer the premiere or the general tickets - and we'll announce the winners on Monday. Good luck!

We're hosting a weekend writing workshop!

12 April 2016

Kickstart Your Writing with The Reader Berlin
Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 May
10.30 to 16.30
€110 per person


Very exciting news today: we'll be welcoming the acclaimed writing tutors at The Reader Berlin to host 'Kickstart Your Writing' on the 14th and 15th of May!

"If you’re struggling with getting words down onto the page, stuck with a project, or just can’t seem to make the time for writing, come along for a weekend bootcamp that promises to get you and your work on track. Suitable for new writers or/and more experienced writers who want to reinvigorate their writing practice, the course will cover establishing a writing routine, with exercises to kickstart the imagination, alongside tuition on characterisation and dialogue, followed by a class on plot and structure, guidance on editing, and a brief overview of how to begin finding publishers for your work."

The course takes place in the gallery just over the road (aka the entrance of Old Sterling). We'll be popping over with plenty of complimentary coffee, tea and soft drinks.

To book your ticket, you'll need to email (places are limited, so sign up as soon as you can to avoid disappointment) but you can indicate your interest, and share it with any friends who might be interested, on our Facebook event page!