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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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Apollinaire in the Great War 1914-1918 — Review in the Independent

David Hunter’s book Apollinaire In The Great War 1914-18 has received a very positive review in the Independent newspaper. Describing Apollinaire’s motives for joining up and fighting – he wasn’t French but was born in Rome to a Polish mother and unknown father – critic John Clarke quotes Hunter as suggesting that the avant-garde poet, […]

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Sir Terry Pratchett, OBE – (1948-2015)

Sir Terry Pratchett, the much-loved author of the satirical Discworld fantasy novels, has died at the age of 66. A prolific writer and collaborator (he wrote books with Neil Gaiman and Stephen Baxter, and worked with both electric folk band Steeleye Span and songwriter Dave Greenslade on Discworld related albums) the course of Sir Terry’s […]

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Circus Mania – The Ultimate Book for Anyone Who Dreamed of Running Away to Join The Circus

Circus Mania and the Circus Animals Debate

In a Huffington Post blog entry Douglas McPherson explains how he came to change his mind on the vexed issue of animal performers in circuses: I was brought up to believe it was wrong for animals to perform in circuses, so I understand why many people harbour that instinctive belief.  [ . . . ] […]

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The Three-Cornered World Natsume Soseki

Natsume Soseki in The Japan Times

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 […]

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Blood of angels Johanna Sinisalo

The Blood of Angels – Johanna Sinisalo – Reviews

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 […]

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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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