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We’re off to sunny St. Ives for the Cornwall launch of Half a Pound of Tuppenny Rice – it’s the birthplace of this thrilling  mystery novel after all. Come and join author David Coubrough and his guests for a glass of Champagne and enjoy the breathtaking views from the famous Carbis Bay Hotel next Tuesday, May […]

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Alek Popov at the British Library

Exciting news! Best-selling Bulgarian author Alek Popov is confirming his ‘one-to-watch’ status with a featured spot in the European Literary Festival’s centrepiece Writers’ Showcase event on Wednesday 11 May at the British Library. Learn more about the event and get your tickets here: 566043850239470/574177742759414/      

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The Death of Mr Punch

Try a short story by debut novelist Jonathan Carter

Click here for Jonathan Carter’s short story Mancini in Clubland Jonathan Carter’s debut novel The Death of Mr Punch is published at the end of May. The story follows George Pemberton, who wakes up one morning to find himself trapped in Bayview Care Home, wanting nothing more than to remember the way home to his wife Judy. […]

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Apothecary Melchior – a Sunday Times Crime Club pick!

Apothecary Melchior and the Ghost of Rataskaevu Street, the latest crime mystery from bestselling author Indrek Hargla, is a Sunday Times Crime Club pick of the month! The club recommends it as ‘a rich historic stew of religion, sex and money’, and you can try out a free chapter here to see if you agree! We […]

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Indrek Hargla and Apothecary Melchior in the UK!

Indrek Hargla has landed in the UK! The best-selling Estonian author of the dark and brilliant Apothecary Melchior medieval mystery novels is here to celebrate the launch of Apothecary Melchior and the Ghost of Rataskaevu Street. A whirlwind week of radio and press events, including visits to some of London’s bloodier medieval sites, kicked off yesterday […]

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Brontes In Brussels Helen MacEwan


In case you missed it, we celebrated Charlotte Brontë’s 200th birthday yesterday by taking a look inside Helen MacEwan’s fascinating book The Brontës in Brussels, a study of Charlotte Brontë’s time in Brussels and the influence it had on her writing. Here’s the sample; an intriguing look into Charlotte’s brief and desperate proselytism. Still not enough […]

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Joining forces with Istros Books

Some VERY exciting news today… We are joining forces with the wonderful Istros Books! As of 1 August 2016, Istros Books will become an imprint of Peter Owen Publishers.    Istros Books was set up in 2011 to publish and promote literature in translation from South-East Europe and the Balkans. In its short history, it […]

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Available to pre-order now

Fresh off the press —

Two of our forthcoming titles available to pre-order It’s one of the most glorious feelings in the publishing business … opening a box of new books from the printer.   HALF A POUND OF TUPPENNY RICE David Coubrough This debut crime novel is sure to liven up your summer holiday. Though we sincerely hope your vacation […]

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Europe’s best indie novels

Thanks to Dedalus Books for including five of our titles in their brilliant list of Europe’s best indie novels! This list is part of Dedalus Books’s Reading Europe initiative, to make a cultural case for the UK remaining in the EU. The chosen Peter Owen titles are: THE BLACK BOX by Alek Popov, translated by Daniella and Charles […]

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The legacy of Tarjei Vesaas

Tarjei Vesaas died on this day in 1970, leaving behind a beautiful legacy of some of Scandinavia’s finest works of modern literature. Peter Owen regards Vesaas’s The Ice Palace as the finest book that he has published. Doris Lessing said of it, with a sincere critic’s frustration, ‘We have used up all the superlatives and then, […]

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