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    Let us find their next obsession! 

    Three world-class translated novels delivered over the course of a year for a very special person.

    In 2019 we’re only publishing women writers. 

    Give the gift of translated literature all tied up in a bow!

    Sign someone up today and they will receive their first book, Peirene No. 28 Children of the Cave, in time for Christmas.

    ‘A class act’ The Guardian

    ‘The foreign literature specialist’ The Sunday Times

    ‘Literary cinema for those fatigued by film’ Times Literary Supplement

  • What they receive

    A Peirene subscription consists of three books of world-class translated literature delivered straight to your gift recipients door throughout the year 6-8 weeks before they hit the shelves!

    If you sign up a lucky person today their first book will be Peirene No. 28 Children of the Cave which will be delivered in time for Christmas.

    ‘One of the most ambitious works of this year. A novel that deals with what it means to be human.’ Kuvastaja prize jury

    1819. Iax Agolasky, a young assistant to a notable French explorer, sets off on a journey to the Russian wilderness. They soon discover a group of creatures living in a cave: children with animal traits. But are they animals, or are they human? Faced with questions of faith, science and the fundamentals of truth, tensions rise in the camp. Soon the children’s safety becomes threatened and Agolasky needs to act.

    They will receive their next book Peirene No. 29 You Would Have Missed Me in March. Read about our 2019 series There be Monsters here.

    Subscribers also receive up to 40% off all Peirene events, free UK shipping and subscriber exclusives all throughout the year!

  • What you support

    A Peirene subscription is unique. Not only will your recipient receive their books far before they reach bookshops but they’ll also become a part of our Peirene community, making our work possible. 

    Peirene only publishes first time English translations. With the support of our subscribers we are able to take bold risks and translate vital works that might never have reached English readers.

    In 2018 we translated from three new countries: Latvia, Lithuania and Iceland.

    Peirene No. 25 Soviet Milk was called ‘Latvia itself talking’ by The New European.

    Peirene No. 26 Shadows on the Tundra was called ‘a classic’ by The Spectator.

    Peirene No. 27 And the Wind Sees All was called ‘a heart-warming gem’ by The Sunday Times.

    A subscription also supports:

    • Our charity work: 50p from each book we sell goes to charity. Last year we sent over £3500 pounds to counterpoint arts.
    • Our commitment to gender equality – 60% of our authors and 70% of our translators are women.
    • Our work with Basmeh & Zeitooneh in nine refugee camps throughout Lebanon and Turkey giving refugees a voice.

    Read more about our social activism here.