Peter Owen is an independent British publisher founded in 1951


Indrek Hargla and Apothecary Melchior in the UK!

Indrek Hargla has landed in the UK! The best-selling Estonian author of the dark and brilliant Apothecary Melchior medieval mystery novels is here to celebrate the launch of Apothecary Melchior and the Ghost of Rataskaevu Street. A whirlwind week of radio and press events, including visits to some of London’s bloodier medieval sites, kicked off yesterday […]

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Brontes In Brussels Helen MacEwan


In case you missed it, we celebrated Charlotte Brontë’s 200th birthday yesterday by taking a look inside Helen MacEwan’s fascinating book The Brontës in Brussels, a study of Charlotte Brontë’s time in Brussels and the influence it had on her writing. Here’s the sample; an intriguing look into Charlotte’s brief and desperate proselytism. Still not enough […]

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Joining forces with Istros Books

Some VERY exciting news today… We are joining forces with the wonderful Istros Books! As of 1 August 2016, Istros Books will become an imprint of Peter Owen Publishers.    Istros Books was set up in 2011 to publish and promote literature in translation from South-East Europe and the Balkans. In its short history, it […]

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Fresh off the press —

Two of our forthcoming titles available to pre-order It’s one of the most glorious feelings in the publishing business … opening a box of new books from the printer.   HALF A POUND OF TUPPENNY RICE David Coubrough This debut crime novel is sure to liven up your summer holiday. Though we sincerely hope your vacation […]

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Europe’s best indie novels

Thanks to Dedalus Books for including five of our titles in their brilliant list of Europe’s best indie novels! This list is part of Dedalus Books’s Reading Europe initiative, to make a cultural case for the UK remaining in the EU. The chosen Peter Owen titles are: THE BLACK BOX by Alek Popov, translated by Daniella and Charles […]

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The legacy of Tarjei Vesaas

Tarjei Vesaas died on this day in 1970, leaving behind a beautiful legacy of some of Scandinavia’s finest works of modern literature. Peter Owen regards Vesaas’s The Ice Palace as the finest book that he has published. Doris Lessing said of it, with a sincere critic’s frustration, ‘We have used up all the superlatives and then, […]

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International Women’s Day

A salute to all the immensely talented women in our list on‪#‎InternationalWomensDay‬, including a fair few feminist icons! With authors such as Anaïs Nin, Cora Sandel, Anna Kavan, Johanna Sinisalo, Edith Wharton, Colette, Edith Sitwell, Gertrude Stein and far too many more to list here, brilliant women are responsible for some of our list’s most […]

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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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