Peter Owen is an independent British publisher founded in 1951

 

Hidden Faces Salvador Dalí

Salvador Dalí 111th Birthday Selfie Competition

A Competition for #DaliDay! Had Salvador Dalí not died at the age of 84 in 1989, he would have been 111 on 11th May this year. Yes, Eleventy-One! To celebrate, we’re offering a copy of Dalí’s only novel, Hidden Faces as a prize in a unique #DaliSelfie competition. All you need do is delve into […]

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Hay Festival 2015 – Elizabeth Morgan Event Competition

Join us at the Hay Festival where Elizabeth Morgan will be launching her historical novel Ticket To Paradise. The event, which takes place on Sunday 31 May at 2.30pm on the Good Energy Stage, will feature readings by Elizabeth Morgan and Richard Harrington, star of Hinterland and Bleak House. We have a pair of complimentary […]

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Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

Hermann Hesse – Rare Items and Classic Books

In 1954 Peter Owen famously bought the UK English translation rights to Hermann Hesse​’s Siddhartha from his American colleague James Laughlin at New Directions for £25. Hesse was then virtually unknown in the English-speaking world and Peter was both prescient and pivotal in bringing that timeless novel of self-discovery to the Anglosphere. Since that time […]

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The Black Box by Alek Popov

Alek Popov in conversation with Vesna Goldsworthy

Join us at the London Book Fair at 12 noon on Tuesday 14th April when poet and novelist Professor Vesna Goldsworthy will be talking with Bulgarian author Alek Popov. Alek will be discussing his novels The Black Box (published this week by Peter Owen), and Mission London (Istros Books, 2014). Find us at the Croatian […]

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Peter Owen in the 1950s

Peter Owen in Japan 1979 – Audio Interview

Peter Owen launched his independent publishing house in April 1951. He was only 24 at the time, but had already been in publishing for a few years having co-founded the company Peter Nevill at the age of 21 and also worked for the Bodley Head. Over the course of the last 64 years, Peter Owen […]

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The Black Box by Alek Popov

The Black Box by Alek Popov – Book Launch: 13 April 2015

‘Gogol is risen – in Bulgaria! Wonderful and effortless humour’ – Josip Novakovich. ‘A brilliant book’ – Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Join Alek Popov and the Peter Owen team for the launch of his latest book The Black Box. Date: Monday 13 April, 2015 at 6.30 pm Venue: Daunt Books Chelsea, 158-164 Fulham Road, London SW10 9PR […]

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Stranger On Earth Anna Kavan

Anna Kavan’s ‘Ice’ – Reviewed by Simon Lavery

Simon Lavery, winner of our monthly Facebook competition, has reviewed Anna Kavan’s novel Ice on his excellent literary blog Tredynas Days. Read his review here. Simon has written about Anna Kavan before. In his first entry he discusses Kavan’s posthumous collection of short stories Julia and the Bazooka and gives a useful biographical summary of […]

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Silence Shusaku Endo With a new foreword by Martin Scorsese

Martin Scorsese and Shusaku Endo’s ‘Silence’

Shusaku Endo – born on 27 March 1923 in Tokyo – moved with his family to Dailan in Manchuria while still very young. He stayed there until the age of 10 when his mother took him back to Japan after divorcing his father. After returning to Japan to live in Kobe with his mother and an aunt, […]

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Apollinaire in the Great War

David Hunter discusses Apollinaire at Europe House

Last night David Hunter, author of Apollinaire In The Great War 1914-18, gave a talk on Guillaume Apollinaire and French Poetry of the First World War at Europe House in London. The talk was organized in celebration of Francophone week by the Rimbaud and Verlaine Foundation in partnership with the Institut français (London) and the […]

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