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Alek Popov

Alek Popov’s novel The Black Box reviewed

Alek Popov’s darkly satirical comic novel The Black Box has been reviewed by Richard Beard on the Contemporary Bulgarian Writers blog. Popov is surely one of Europe’s funniest and most exciting emerging writers whose most recently translated novel concerns the exploits of two Bulgarian brothers, Ned and Angel and a puzzling black plastic box containing […]

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Frederic Raphael’s ‘Private Views’ Reviewed in The Lady

Frederic Raphael’s latest novel Private Views has received another positive review, this time in the 18 September issue of The Lady.  (Established in 1885, The Lady is, by a considerable margin, Britain’s longest-running weekly women’s magazine). Rebecca Wallersteiner writes the following: Full of twists and turns, Frederic Raphael’s novel is a darkly erotic love story […]

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Agatha Christie’s Missing Days – Truth and Fiction

Unless you’re a digital hermit it’s been nigh on impossible to avoid the fact that 15th September 2015 was the 125th anniversary of Agatha Christie’s birth. Amidst the celebrations, media highlights have included Jessica Raine and David Walliams starring in a stylish BBC adaptation of the Tuppence and Tommy Beresford stories, Partners In Crime; the […]

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#StrengthToSayNo Campaign Takes Hold in India

Rekha Kalindi’s book about her refusal to become a child bride, risk her health and sacrifice her education has become a rallying point in India. As part of publicity for the book there, our colleagues at Penguin India started a social media campaign encouraging people to stand up for their beliefs with the hashtag #StrengthToSayNo. […]

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Silence Shusaku Endo With a new foreword by Martin Scorsese

Shusaku Endo in the Japan Times

Peter Owen was Shūsaku Endō’s friend, English language publisher and agent for many years. In the Japan Times, Damian Flanagan talks about the author’s work, Martin Scorsese’s film adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s masterpiece Silence, and speculation as to why the acclaimed Japanese author never received the Nobe prize for literature: Jesus Christ, the Nobel Prize […]

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Rekha Kalindi – Women Planet Review

There’s an enthusiastic review of Rekha Kalindi’s book The Strength to Say No: One Girl’s Fight Against Forced Marriage over on the website Women Planet. Appropriately enough for a review of a book on the rights of women and girls, the website describes itslef as ‘an open space where any and every woman can express, […]

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Johanna Sinisalo at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2014

Women Writers In Translation Month 2015

Peter Owen has always championed quality writing from around the world and has published works in translation by many women writers throughout the last 64 years of the company’s existence. We owe much of our success to the skill of our translators and editors, to Peter Owen’s eye for exceptional writing, and of course to […]

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Shusaku Endo – Wonderful Fool

Rumour has it that principal photography for director Martin Scorsese’s long-awaited adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s masterpiece Silence is now complete, and postproduction work continues. It seems likely that the film will premiere at Cannes in 2016. Endo was not only a Christian, but a Catholic and several of his novels deal with this circumstance, rare as it […]

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Elizabeth Morgan at the National Eisteddfod of Wales

Elizabeth Morgan was at the National Eisteddfod of Wales​ recently. ‘Being there was a great experience even though the weather was not at its best,’ recalls Liz. ‘The Eisteddfod is a fantastic piece of organisation, steeped in history and ritual, with artistic events and competitions for every possible taste and all to a high level […]

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