Peirene title no 18

The Looking-Glass Sisters

Gøhril Gabrielsen


A gripping Norwegian drama about the power struggle between two sisters.

Far out on the plains of northern Norway stands a house. It belongs to two middle-aged sisters. They seldom venture out and nobody visits. The younger needs nursing and the older never dared to leave. Until one day a man arrives. The women realise quickly that only one can stay.

‘It’s a liberating feeling when you get a completely original story in your hands.’ Dagbladet

‘Innovative and sensuous.’ Bergens Tidende

Chance Encounter Series
174pp, paperback with flaps, £12
Published September 2015
ISBN 978-1-908670-24-3
ebook 978-1-908670-25-0


Peirene title no 17

Reader for Hire

Raymond Jean


A beautiful homage to the art of reading – light and funny. A celebration of the union of sensuality and language.

Marie-Constance loves reading and possesses a beautiful voice. So, one day she decides to put an ad in the local paper offering her services as a paid reader. Her first client, a paralysed teenager, is transformed by her reading of a Maupassant short story. Marie-Constance’s fame spreads and soon the rich, the creative and the famous clamour for her services.

‘A beautiful love declaration to the art of reading. A book that will make you want to read more books.’ Cosmopolitan

‘This elegantly erotic and erudite games-playing has something for everyone: voyeurs will delight in the nudity, poseurs will prefer the many and various striking of attitudes, and penseurs will ponder on the way language is both a lexical and a sexual minefield.’ Time Out

Chance Encounter Series
174pp, paperback with flaps, £12
Published June 2015
ISBN 978-1-908670-22-9
ebook 978-1-908670-23-6


Peirene title no 16

White Hunger

Aki Ollikainen


What does it take to survive? The extraordinary Finnish novella that has taken the Nordic literary scene by storm.

1867: a year of devastating famine in Finland. Marja, a farmer’s wife from the north, sets off on foot through the snow with her two young children. Their goal: St Petersburg, where people say there is bread. But others are also heading south, just as desperate to survive. Ruuni, a boy she meets, seems trustworthy. But can anyone really help?

‘A novella that feels like a huge, great novel.’ Satakunnan Kansa

Best Finnish Debut Novel 2012
Finnish Book Bloggers’ Best Book 2012
Booksellers’ Best Book Medal 2012
Bookstores' prize for bestselling debut novel 2012

Chance Encounter Series
128pp, paperback with flaps, £12
Published February 2015
ISBN 978-1-908670-20-5
ebook 978-1-908670-21-2