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Elizabeth Morgan Hay Festival Talk

Launching her historical novel Ticket To Paradise, Elizabeth Morgan gave a fascinating talk at the Hay Festival. With host Horatio Clare, and readings from the novel with actor Richard Harrington (Poldark, Hinterland, Bleak House), Morgan gives moving insight into the lives of Welsh migrants to Patagonia 150 years ago, the subject of her novel.

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Private Views by Frederic Raphael

Private Views – a new novel by Frederic Raphael

Prolific writer Frederic Raphael will be 84 in August this year – a year which sees the publication of his latest novel Private Views, and an autobiography Going Up: A Journey from the Suburbs. Raphael is widely known as an award-winning screenplay writer. He adapted Arthur Schnitzler’s novel Dream Story for Stanley Kubrick’s last completed […]

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Playboy Princes

A Royal Roundup

Over the years we’ve published a number of books on royals. From the truly regal to the abominably rakish, from the responsible and respectable to the ramshackle, rambunctious and rapscallion, our authors have covered a wide range of royals from historical and psychological perspectives. Here we present a roundup of some of these highly readable […]

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Lusitania - Tragedy or War Crime? by Jennifer Kewley Draskau

Lusitania – Tragedy or War Crime?

Lusitania – Tragedy or War Crime? is a new assessment of one of the most infamous incidents of the First World War, published during the centenary of the tragedy in 2015. Launched in 1907, the Lusitania was briefly the world’s largest liner, symbol of the fierce rivalry between transatlantic shipping agents in Europe and a […]

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Rekha Kalindi: The Strength To Say No

Newly translated from the French by Sarah Lawson, The Strength To Say No: One Girl’s Fight Against Forced Marriage is an inspiring account by Rekha Kalindi of her refusal to accede to parental and cultural demands that, as a child, she should be forced to marry. A publishing sensation in France, and now published in […]

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Dalí Competition Winners

At the beginning of May we launched a competition to celebrate the 111th birthday of Salvador Dalí. Known best for his paintings and charismatic eccentricity, Dalí himself is one of the best known icons of the Surrealist movement, but he was also a writer of some distinction. Peter Owen met Dalí on several occasions and in […]

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Hidden Faces Salvador Dalí

Salvador Dalí 111th Birthday Selfie Competition

A Competition for #DaliDay! Had Salvador Dalí not died at the age of 84 in 1989, he would have been 111 on 11th May this year. Yes, Eleventy-One! To celebrate, we’re offering a copy of Dalí’s only novel, Hidden Faces as a prize in a unique #DaliSelfie competition. All you need do is delve into […]

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Hay Festival 2015 – Elizabeth Morgan Event Competition

Join us at the Hay Festival where Elizabeth Morgan will be launching her historical novel Ticket To Paradise. The event, which takes place on Sunday 31 May at 2.30pm on the Good Energy Stage, will feature readings by Elizabeth Morgan and Richard Harrington, star of Hinterland and Bleak House. We have a pair of complimentary […]

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Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

Hermann Hesse – Rare Items and Classic Books

In 1954 Peter Owen famously bought the UK English translation rights to Hermann Hesse​’s Siddhartha from his American colleague James Laughlin at New Directions for £25. Hesse was then virtually unknown in the English-speaking world and Peter was both prescient and pivotal in bringing that timeless novel of self-discovery to the Anglosphere. Since that time […]

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The Black Box by Alek Popov

Alek Popov in conversation with Vesna Goldsworthy

Join us at the London Book Fair at 12 noon on Tuesday 14th April when poet and novelist Professor Vesna Goldsworthy will be talking with Bulgarian author Alek Popov. Alek will be discussing his novels The Black Box (published this week by Peter Owen), and Mission London (Istros Books, 2014). Find us at the Croatian […]

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