Peter Owen is an independent British publisher founded in 1951


Johanna Sinisalo at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2014

Women Writers In Translation Month 2015

Peter Owen has always championed quality writing from around the world and has published works in translation by many women writers throughout the last 64 years of the company’s existence. We owe much of our success to the skill of our translators and editors, to Peter Owen’s eye for exceptional writing, and of course to […]

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Wonderful Fool Shusaku Endo

Shusaku Endo – Wonderful Fool

Rumour has it that principal photography for director Martin Scorsese’s long-awaited adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s masterpiece Silence is now complete, and postproduction work continues. It seems likely that the film will premiere at Cannes in 2016. Endo was not only a Christian, but a Catholic and several of his novels deal with this circumstance, rare as it […]

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Elizabeth Morgan at the National Eisteddfod of Wales

Elizabeth Morgan was at the National Eisteddfod of Wales​ recently. ‘Being there was a great experience even though the weather was not at its best,’ recalls Liz. ‘The Eisteddfod is a fantastic piece of organisation, steeped in history and ritual, with artistic events and competitions for every possible taste and all to a high level […]

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Recent Publications #1 – August 2015

Hot off the press is Frederic Raphael’s latest novel Private Views. Raphael, who will be 84 on 14th 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 […]

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I Am Lazarus by Anna Kavan

China Miéville Recommends Anna Kavan

Fantasy fiction author China Miéville has chosen Anna Kavan’s short story collection I Am Lazarus as one of his six favourite reads. For more on this story, click here: China Miéville’s 6 favorite books. Peter Owen knew Anna Kavan and championed her often neglected writing. You can read more about her and a selection of […]

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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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