Peter Owen is an independent British publisher founded in 1951
Over at the Japan Times, Damian Flanagan celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first publication of one of our titles, Natsume Soseki’s The Three-Cornered World, with a special feature. In the article, Flanagan explains how Alan Turney’s award-winning translation became the favourite book of pianist Glenn Gould, famed for his revolutionary interpretations of Bach’s Goldberg […]
Over the last few years Peter Owen has published three novels by acclaimed Finnish writer Johanna Sinisalo and – whether or not you consider yourself a fan of the fantasy genre – all of them are excellent reads. The most recent of these books is The Blood of Angels – an international hit which has […]
Every month we tell our merry band of Facebook followers about books new and old from our catalogue. We also give them the opportunity to win one of these books – all in return for following our Facebook page and expressing their enthusiasm for the books. To follow the page and join the competition, head […]
Eminent British psychiatrist Dr Dennis Friedman died aged 90 on 6 December 2014 and is fondly remembered as one of Peter Owen’s most perceptive and intriguing authors. Born in London’s Stamford Hill to Jewish parents Henry and Millie, Dennis Friedman and his younger sister lived in Edgware. Their father owned several London confectionery shops. As […]
The award-winning The Ice Palace (see post below) and Anna Kavan’s Ice are both featured at Foyles Charing Cross Road in their Christmas Highlights. . .
I notice there have been a lot of WWI poems on the underground recently! Here’s one on the Central Line, written by Guillaume Apollinaire after his time in the trenches. Apollinaire’s collection Alcoöls, published in 1913 established him as a highly original poet of the new century. By the time he volunteered for service in […]
The Ice Palace has been given The Daphne Award for fiction. Founded in 2014 by Bookslut creator and Spoilamag editor Jessa Crispin, these awards are made to revisit and honor the best books of 1963. For more information about The Ice Palace and the other winners, please click here.
Walking along the platform in a Paris Métro station recently, I noticed a display with life-size reproductions of some of the nearby Musee des Lettres et Manuscrits’ collection of written documents: ‘A manuscript of Charlotte Brontë that fits in the palm of the hand’ the heading says. These tiny notebook pages (probably no more than 3 […]
Finland was guest-of-honour at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair which took place earlier this month, and Peter Owen has two of its finest contemporary fiction writers on its list. One of these, Johanna Sinisalo (shown right), was in attendance and caught up with Editorial Director Antonia Owen where they discussed her latest novel – the third to […]
A few years ago, we republished Mervyn Peake’s A Book of Nonsense and were thrilled to have a new introduction to this from Benjamin Zephaniah. He namechecks the book once again here on today’s (14.10.14) Guardian Childrens’ Books site