Peter Owen is an independent British publisher founded in 1951


Celebrate Japan’s national day with five great Japanese writers

It’s National Foundation Day in Japan, which gives us a perfect opportunity to celebrate the incredibly talented Japanese writers whose work we have had the great pleasure to publish over the years. If you aren’t yet familiar with Ryunosuke Akutagawa, Shusaku Endo, Yukio Mishima, Tatematsu Wahei and Natsume Soseki, please let us introduce you…   […]

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Jaan Kaplinski is awarded the 2016 European Prize for Literature

Huge congratulations to Jaan Kaplinski, winner of the 2016 European Prize for Literature! The prize celebrates Kaplinski’s entire body of work, which includes a wonderful array of poems, essays and prose, and reflects the quality and international popularity of his writing. Here at Peter Owen Publishers we are extremely proud to be the English-language home […]

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‘Everything you’ve read is wrong’

It’s the 2016 ‪indie press fightback! Stand-out successes in fiction over recent years – such as Eimar McBride’s ‘A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing’ – have come from independent presses, but big publishers still dominate the January lists of books coming out over the next year. So Peter Owen has joined forces with other independent publishers […]

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Marie-Antoinette and Count Fersen

An exciting 2016 ahead!

We’ve got lots of wonderful books lined up for 2016, including I LOVE YOU MADLY by Evelyn Farr, which explores newly discovered and decoded secret letters of love between Queen Marie-Antoinette and the Swedish diplomat Count Axel Fersen. Take a look at the Independent‘s article on this exciting and groundbreaking new book ahead of its […]

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The Zapple Diaries: ‘absolutely incredible … blazingly evocative’

The Zapple Diaries has already got some big fans! Pete Paphides, highly respected music journalist and broadcaster, calls it ‘absolutely incredible’ and ‘blazingly evocative’. Catch author Barry Miles on Pete Paphides’ Soho Radio show for a fascinating and passionate discussion of the Zapple label and its place in the history of the Beatles and the Beats. […]

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Author Tom Smith at the One For My Baby launch

‘One For My Baby’ launches in style

On Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday, 12 December 2015, the launch of One For My Baby: A Sinatra Cocktail Companion celebrated the great man’s legacy in true style with a night of cocktails, witty anecdotes and wonderful music at The Society Club in Soho, London. Proceeds from One For My Baby go to the music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins, which uses […]

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Rose Knox-Peebles in Anna Kavan's Fur Coat

Anna Kavan, Enigmatic – and Generous

Novelist Fleur Smithwick, author of How To Make a Friend and One Little Mistake, got in touch with us via Twitter with the following photo of her mother Rose Knox-Peebles wearing a fur coat given to her by her friend Anna Kavan, the enigmatic author of Ice, Asylum Piece and many other intriguing titles. Fleur […]

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The Black Box by Alek Popov - new temp

Alek Popov – A Bulgarian in New York

Alek Popov, author of satirical novels Mission London and The Black Box, appeared recently at the New Literature from Europe Festival in New York. We were proud to launch The Black Box, Alek’s second novel in English translation, earlier this year. This darkly funny book has had an enthusiastic reception, and you can read book […]

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One For My Baby & Zapple Diaries

‘One For My Baby’ & ‘Zapple Diaries’ Reviewed on BBC Radio

Two of our books received some positive coverage on BBC Radio Merseyside recently. Presenter Spencer Leigh, himself an author, hosted a ‘Rock Books Special’ on his regular show On the Beat. Jill Adams, organizer of Manchester’s Louder Than Words festival of music books, reviewed Tom Smith’s celebration of Frank Sinatra One for My Baby – […]

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