Peter Owen is an independent British publisher founded in 1951


Win a Peter Owen book via Facebook

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 […]

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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 […]

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Apollinaire in the Great War 1914–18

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 […]

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The Brontës in Brussels (. . . and Paris!)

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 […]

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Blood of angels Johanna Sinisalo

Johanna Sinisalo at the Frankfurt Book Fair

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 […]

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

Michael Sherborne on ITV Meridian

Starting this weekend, there is a huge celebration organized by the BFI of Sci-Fi movies.  Our author of H.G. Wells: Another Kind of Life, will be making an appearance in Chichester, talking about his influence on film and culture. He was interviewed on ITV last night (18.9.14) and the clip can be seen on the […]

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The Hundred Days by Joseph Roth

Hundred Days review

Joseph Roth’s The Hundred Days will shortly be released in the US through New Directions – Library Journal have reviewed it here – full text of the review can be soon on the book page here

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