About Peirene

Peirene Press is an award-winning boutique publishing house, specialising in high-quality first-translations of contemporary European novellas.

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.

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

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 also offer a gift subscription, so you can give a friend or relative the joy of translated literature. 

We rely on our 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.

Click here to find out more and become a Peirene subscriber today.

Peirene’s Social Activism

We have also have a project called 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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