Summer is well and truly here, and with temperatures soaring, there’s nothing else for it but to kick back with a good book (preferably in a shady spot, a hammock, or on the beach).

We’ve got you covered with 50% off all Peirene titles, and with over twenty books to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect summer read (or several!). Head to our shop now, or read on for our top selections.

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Every year Peirene publishes three novellas in translation and sends them directly to subscribers. We search high and low for the most exciting voices from around the world, and introduce them to English-language readers. Subscribe now to get our new books 6-8 weeks before publication and to support independent publishing. We offer two different types of subscription – our standard subscription and a one year gift subscription, perfect for that surprise gift for a loved one.

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Translation Prize

The Peirene Stevns translation prize was established in 2018, with the generous support of Martha Stevns, to provide opportunities for emerging translators. The prize winner receives a £3,500 commission, a translation retreat in the French Pyrenees, and a mentorship from an established literary translator.

The 2022 Peirene Stevns Prize is now closed. The 2023 Prize will open in Autumn 2022.