Peter Owen is an independent British publisher founded in 1951


The Weary Generations by Abdullah Hussein

Acclaimed novelist Abdullah Hussein has died

The celebrated novelist Abdullah Hussein has died after suffering from blood cancer. His death was announced on 4th July 2015, and several literary figures attended the funeral which was held at home in Larhore, Pakistan. Born in 1931 to the name Mohammad Khan,  Hussein (also spelt Hussain) wrote under a borrowed nom-de-plume to avoid confusion […]

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Elizabeth Morgan – Signings and Events

Elizabeth Morgan, whose historical novel Ticket To Paradise about Welsh migration to Patagonia was enthusiastically reviewed in the Daily Mail recently, has several imminent signings and events. Elizabeth is a writer and actor from Llanelli, Wales. Besides having written four books, thirty-four of her plays and several of her short stories have been performed in […]

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Born Gay: The Psychobiology of Sex Orientation Glenn Wilson and Qazi Rahman

Qazi Rahman on ‘Gay Genes’ in The Guardian

Dr Qazi Rahman, an academic at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, studies the biology of sexual orientation and the implications for mental health. Several articles in The Guardian in recent times have promoted the idea that sexual orientation is fundamentally a choice. Dr Rahman argues that this is not so and that scientific […]

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Tenniel - Alice's Telescopic Neck

Recent Publications #1 – July 2015

Hot off the press is Frederic Raphael’s latest novel Private Views. Raphael, who will be 84 in August, is widely known as an award-winning writer for the screen. His credits include adapting Arthur Schnitzler’s novel Dream Story for Stanley Kubrick’s last completed film Eyes Wide Shut and Thomas Hardy’s Far From The Madding Crowd for the […]

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The Duke of Bedford's Book of Snobs Cover 2015

The Duke of Bedford’s Book of Snobs – 50th Anniversary

First published in 1965, The Duke of Bedford’s Book of Snobs was a collaboration between Hungarian-born British author George Mikes (1912–1987), illustrator Nicolas Bentley (1907–1978), and John Ian Robert Russell, 13th Duke of Bedford and Marquess of Tavistock (1917–2002). Mikes (pronounced MEE-kez) was famous for his enormously successful book How to be an Alien (1946) […]

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H.G. Wells: Another Kind of Life by Michael Sherborne

HG Wells and How the Atom Bomb Changed Everything

“Nuclear Age anxieties had a profound effect on film, TV, music and literature – artists found creative responses to the spectre of destruction,” writes Samira Ahmed for the BBC: How the Bomb Changed Everything. HG Wells – the subject of acclaimed biography H.G. Wells: Another Kind of Life by Peter Owen author Michael Sherborne – […]

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Mervyn Peake – The Man and His Art Compiled by Sebastian Peake, Alison Eldred Edited by G. Peter Winnington

Happy Birthday Mervyn Peake

Happy Birthday to Mervyn Peake, born on this day in 1911. Best known for his surreal gothic trilogy of Gormenghast novels, Peake was also a poet and playwright. His first success though was as a painter and illustrator in the 1930s and 40s. If you only know Peake as a writer, you’ll be astonished at […]

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In the Shadow of the Dreamchild - The Myth and Reality of Lewis Carroll by Karoline Leach - 150th Anniversary Edition

150 Years of Alice In Wonderland – In The Shadow of the Dreamchild

PETER OWEN IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THE ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF KAROLINE LEACH’S GROUNDBREAKING BOOK ‘IN THE SHADOW OF THE DREAMCHILD’. 4th July 1862 is traditionally the date of the Golden Afternoon on which Charles Dodgson and his friend the Reverend Robinson Duckworth rowed Alice Liddell and her two sisters along the Isis, from Folly Bridge […]

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Peter Owen Portrait by James Nye 2015

Peter Owen Announcement for Authors

Though continuing as Chairman of Peter Owen Publishers, Peter Owen has decided to step aside as Managing Director of the company he founded in 1951. He will be writing to all authors individually, as well as all major trade accounts. Reproduced here is his letter announcing the changes:

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