About Peirene


Peirene Press is an award-winning boutique publishing house, specialising in contemporary European novellas and short novels in English translation. We only publish books of less than 200 pages that can be read in the same time it takes to watch a film. We pride ourselves on publishing truly big stories in small packages.

We seek out the best of European fiction, producing high-quality first-translations of European best sellers. We work with international agents and publishers to bring our readers truly original books, exposing them to new authors and unfamiliar worlds.

Our books are beautifully designed paperback editions, using only the best paper from sustainable British sources. They are affordable, timeless collector items.

Peirene’s Book Subscription

The Peirene annual subscription is the heart of our innovative approach to publishing. Each year we publish a series of three new books linked by a shared theme or style and send them out to our subscribers before they hit the bookshops. We cut out the hassle of choosing your next Peirene read by delivering our newly published books directly to your doorstep. A beautiful, unexpected surprise.

We rely on our annual subscribers to sustain our work. Your continued support allows us to take risks and make bold choices, translating and commissioning literature that can’t be found in the mainstream market. Your subscription will allow us to plan ahead with confidence and continue to introduce English readers to the joy of foreign literature. Click here to find out more and become a Peirene subscriber today.

Peirene’s Social Activism

Your subscription makes a difference. Here at Peirene we believe that the impact of a good book should go beyond the last page. That’s why we donate 50p of every book we sell to Basmeh & Zeitooneh, a Lebanese based NGO set up in response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis. Every purchase you make on our website helps fund their work in nine refugee camps, including women’s workshops and shelter renovation. 

We have also started a new project, Peirene Now! We commission writers to address urgent topics and political developments through fiction. Past titles have included breach, a novel by Olumide Popoola and Annie Holmes based on interviews conducted at the Calais refugee camp, and The Cut by Anthony Cartwright, a response to the complex issue of Brexit. Our last Peirene Now! novel was Shatila Stories, a piece of collaborative fiction written by nine refugees in Shatila camp, Beirut.

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