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  • Description

    Let us find their next obsession! 

    Your gift recipient will receive three books of world-class translated fiction delivered straight to their door and exclusive access to our online Subscriber Book Club. 

    In 2019 we’re only publishing women writers. 

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

    ‘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

    Three books of world-class translated literature delivered straight to your gift recipients door.

    If you sign up a lucky person today their first book will be Peirene No. 29 You Would have Missed Me  – sent out straight away!

    You Would Have Missed Me  by Birgit Vanderbeke

    Standing in her family’s two-bedroom flat in the Promised Land, a little girl realizes that once again she won’t be getting a cat for her birthday. She’s been wanting one ever since she was five – all the way back to when they were living in the refugee camp. In the East, her Grandma made cakes and kept rabbits; now there is no baking, no pets and certainly no Grandma. West Germany in the early 1960s is a difficult place for a seven-year-old East German refugee, particularly when no one will listen to you.

    Your gift recipient will also receive:

    •  40% off Peirene events 
    • Access to the online Subscriber Book Club
    • Exclusive extras including prize draws, author Q&As and a monthly podcast! 
  • 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.