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For over sixty years we have done more than anyone else to bring new, challenging and exciting writing from just about everywhere to readers absolutely everywhere – see our 60th anniversary page to see how we celebrated 60 years in 2011. As an independent publisher we have always had to punch above our weight to make an impact, so if we say that in the process we have published countless great works, including those of seven Nobel Prize winners, you will understand why we’re proud of our record. . .


We would be grateful if you would take a look around this website to discover some of our titles; or perhaps acquaint yourself with our authors. Most importantly, get to know us as publishers, because we value your readership and would welcome any suggestions that you might have.

For more information on reviews and new titles please do check out our blog.

New and Forthcoming Titles

Recollections of Virginia Woolf

edited by Joan Russell Noble

Assisted Dying: Who Makes The Final Decision

Edited by Lesley Close and Jo Cartwright

Daunts Chelsea Event with Miranda Miller

Daunts' Chelsea will be hosting Lost In Place and Time – Adventures in Historical Fiction on 18th September 2013, 6.30 p.m. Bringing together our very own Miranda Miller, author of The Fairy Visions of Richard Dadd, and two authors of our friends at Aurora Metro, this will be a fascinating discussion on the nature and appeal of historical fiction, followed by a Q&A with all three authors. Hosted by Professor Martin Goodman, a BBC New Generation Thinker, this free event is booking up quickly – due to limited capacity at the store please e-mail to avoid missing the evening. . .

E-Books from Peter Owen Publishers

We have an opening range of titles available in digital format – just click on the links below. This range will be extended over the coming months to include all new titles as well as our most famous authors.

Antichrist, The

Beautiful Child, The


Circus Mania

Darker Sex, The

Dreaming Sex, The

Empire of the Sikhs


Lord Mord

Lost Word, The

Nina In Utopia


Philosophers Behaving Badly

Pity For The Guy

Same River, The

Seeds of Fiction

Seven Churches, The

Sophia of Hanover

Istemi by Alexei Nikitin

We have just published Istemi – a stunning new novel in translation by Alexei Nikitin

Beautiful Child reviews in Daily Telegraph and Glasgow Herald

We have had a lead review for Emma Tennant's The Beautiful Child in the Daily Telegraph, viewable here and on our blog

Also, a review in the Glasgow Herald, viewable here

Siddhartha – Anniversary Edition, now in stock

The long-awaited anniversary edition of Siddhartha is now available. This unique production is only available through good bookshops and the Peter Owen website and is limited to a thousand copies only.

Seeds of Fiction – Praise from the Sunday Times 30.9.12

'This fascinating new book about one of the most adventurous and well-travelled of all 20th-century novelists isn t by some closeted academic but a sharp-eyed fellow-adventurer. Bernard Diederich is a famous roving reporter for Time magazine who accompanied Graham Greene on many of his travels in Haiti and Central America from the 1960s onwards. Diederich is an extraordinary man. Born in New Zealand, he ran away from home at 16 to work on a four-master, served in the Pacific during the second world war, wrote journalism from Haiti under Papa Doc Duvalier (who had him imprisoned), and later from Nicaragua and El Salvador during the tormented 1980s. Now in his eighties, he has recorded his journeys with Greene for posterity, and the result is a wonderful collection of anecdotes and insights about one of our greatest and most inscrutable writers'

Sebastian Peake R.I.P.

Everyone at Peter Owen Publishers was saddened to hear of the sudden death, on September 6th, of Sebastian Peake, the eldest son of Mervyn Peake. Sebastian and ourselves enjoyed a happy and fruitful relationship whilst producing our Peake books and he will be missed by everyone in the company. Our condolences go to all his family and friends.

We will soon be publishing a very special edition of Siddhartha to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Hermann Hesse's death, and 90 years since the original publication of this remarkable book.

A major review for The Lonely Hearts Club by Lucy Popescu in Thursday's Independent, which can be seen here

We have had another writer's endorsement of The Man Who Planted Trees, this time from Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. This appeared in the Sunday Express and can be seen on our blog

Trade Announcement: Please note that Peter Owen Publishers have changed their office address. Please direct any correspondence to 81 Ridge Road, London N8 9NP. Our full contact details can be found here

The Hundred Days reviewed in the Sunday Telegraph

'This is not perhaps the real Napoleon, but it’s certainly a remarkable creation that leaps off the page.' – Jack Kerridge, The Sunday Telegraph  

The full review of The Hundred Days can be seen here

Allen Saddler R.I.P.

We are very sorry to record the passing of one of our authors, Allen Saddler. Peter Owen published two of his novels: Bless 'Em All and The Long and the Short. A talented writer of novels, books for children and plays, Allen was a well-respected theatre reviewer for many years as well – you can read more about him here. We also recommend this moving piece from The Oldie which appeared not so long ago and The Independent's obituary gives a full record of his many achievements as a writer over the years.


We have had some major review coverage for The Lost Word by Turkish writer, Oya Baydar. Go to our Blog pages to see reviews in The Guardian, The Independent and the new edition of Time Out Istanbul


Fashions In Eyeglasses – now back in print for the first time since the Eighties. Click here for further information

Ken Russell R.I.P.

We are very sorry to hear today (27.11.11) of the death of Ken Russell, with whom we worked on two books – Elgar: The Erotic Variations and Beethoven Confidential. Our condolences go out to his family and friends


Signed Copies Available Now


'A fascinating and even essential read' – Mslexia

'Revealing, frank and frequently very funny, Pizzey's memoirs provides a marvellous insight into the world of 1970s radicalism' – London Review of Books

We have signed copies of Erin Pizzey's This Way To The Revolution available now. To obtain a copy, please get in touch with the Sales Department. These are only available direct from Peter Owen Publishers.



Guy Fawkes on the Alan Titchmarsh Show

John Paul Davis, author of Pity For The Guy, the only full-length biography of Guy Fawkes, has just finished filming a segment about the mastermind of the Gunpowder Plot for the Alan Titchmarsh Show. Transmitted on 1st November 2011, you can still see it on ITV IPlayer for the next couple of weeks and a souvenir of the day can be seen on our blog

Peter Owen's 60th Anniversary

Peter Owen Publishers is currently celebrating 60 years of Independent Publishing. To find out more, go to the 60th Anniversary Page for background, press coverage and special free merchandise marking a unique journey in British publishing

Available Now



We have recently published Natsume Soseki's The Three-Cornered World. Peter Owen Publishers would like to gratefully acknowledge the support of the The Sasakawa Foundation with this publication. This new edition also showcases the work of Kosaka Mizuzu, click here to learn more about his work