Peter Owen is an independent British publisher founded in 1951

 

Tracy Chevalier on Cora Sandel

Best-selling author of Girl with a Pearl Earring, Tracy Chevalier, wrote the foreword to the Modern Classics’ edition of Alberta and Freedom. This is the second novel in the Alberta trilogy by Cora Sandel, a neglected classic of bildungsroman and feminist literature. We’ve posted an extract of the first novel, Alberta and Jacob.  You can read Tracy’s foreword […]

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Alberta and Jacob Cora Sandel

Women in Translation

Throughout August we will be posting extracts from some of our favourite novels in translation. Oh, and the writers are all women. Here’s your first: Alberta and Jacob by Cora Sandel Cora who? That’s Cora Sandel, and prepare to be frustrated, reader. You are about to read from one of the greatest novels you’ve never […]

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A note from Frank to Peter

We’ve found a lovely thing in our archives today! Frank Dickens, the creator of the tubby, long-suffering clerk Bristow (the longest-running newspaper cartoon from a single artist), wrote a thriller called A Curl Up and Die Day that Peter Owen published in 1980. And in Peter’s copy of the book is a personal note and […]

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I Love You Madly front cover

Evelyn Farr talks Marie Antoinette on the Istros podcast

An unmissable podcast here from our friends at Istros Books and our star author Evelyn Farr, looking into Marie Antoinette’s secret passion for Count Fersen and how Farr’s bestselling new book – I Love You Madly – decodes their letters to uncover the full extent of their love affair. Enjoy!  

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Celebrate the 65th anniversary of Peter Owen Publishers

The Peter Owen Salon at Waterstones Piccadilly, London Thursday 16 June 2016, 7pm Please join us and a host of our brilliant authors to celebrate 65 years of Peter Owen Publishers and the life and work of Peter Owen himself, with an evening of readings, sparkling cocktails and conversation!  Erin Pizzey   Jeremy Reed    Evelyn Farr  Miranda Miller […]

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Peter Owen: an extraordinary life

Thank you so much for all the condolences, good wishes and wonderful things that have been said about Peter since we sadly shared news of his peaceful death. We have been remembering him fondly and looking through photographs of his extraordinary life, some of which we believe have never before been seen outside of Peter’s circle of family and friends. […]

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Peter Owen, 1927-2016

Peter Owen, OBE, died peacefully on Tuesday morning, 31 May, surrounded by friends and family at the Whittington Hospital, London, after a short illness. Peter had celebrated his 89th birthday in February. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends, and remembered by his admirers around the world as the publisher who brought a host of […]

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Glenn Gould and Natsume Soseki

When legendary pianist Glenn Gould first discovered the 1965 Peter Owen edition of The Three-Cornered World by Natsume Soseki, he was so overwhelmed by the book that he phoned up his cousin to tell him all about it . . . What happened next is detailed in Damian Flanagan’s exquisite introduction to the text. And you can read an […]

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Mystery-on-sea

We’re off to sunny St. Ives for the Cornwall launch of Half a Pound of Tuppenny Rice – it’s the birthplace of this thrilling  mystery novel after all. Come and join author David Coubrough and his guests for a glass of Champagne and enjoy the breathtaking views from the famous Carbis Bay Hotel next Tuesday, May […]

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Alek Popov at the British Library

Exciting news! Best-selling Bulgarian author Alek Popov is confirming his ‘one-to-watch’ status with a featured spot in the European Literary Festival’s centrepiece Writers’ Showcase event on Wednesday 11 May at the British Library. Learn more about the event and get your tickets here: https://www.facebook.com/events/ 566043850239470/574177742759414/      

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