About Peirene

(pie – ree – nee)

An award-winning independent publisher of new voices and great books from across the world.

Founded in 2008, we’ve been a key player in the thriving UK independent publishing scene for over a decade, publishing books from 25 countries and 20 different languages. Traditionally a publisher of European novellas in translation, we now publish writing from all over the world and are expanding our list to publish literary fiction of all shapes and sizes. Our books are regularly listed for significant UK literary and translation prizes, including the International Booker Prize, and in 2023 we won the Dublin Literary Award with our book Marzahn, Mon Amour by Katja Oskamp, translated from German by Jo Heinrich.

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‘A class act’

The Guardian

‘The foreign literature specialist’

The Sunday Times

‘Literary cinema for those fatigued by film’



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