|Peter Owen OBE|
Publisher of Circus Mania
(photo: The Jewish Chronicle)
Peter Owen, founder of Peter Owen Publishers has been awarded an OBE for services to literature in the New Year’s honours list.
The 86-year-old Owen started the company from home in 1951, with just a typewriter for equipment, and went on to head a firm the Guardian called “A byword for literary adventure and experimentation.”
His first editor was Murial Spark, who’s memories of working for Owen informed her novel A Far Cry From Kensington.
Owen said of his OBE, “This honour is also a recognition of the work my staff, past and present, have put in to help create our distinguished list. Our 60th anniversary in 2011 received wide press coverage and reaffirmed that this company has always punched above its weight, influencing other publishers both in the UK and abroad.”
Peter Owen Publishers is the longest-established London publisher that still bears the name of its founder.
His authors include seven Nobel Prize winners, the artist Salvador Dali, singer Yoko Ono and... Douglas McPherson who’s Circus Mania is published by the firm.
Click here to buy the book the Mail on Sunday called “A brilliant account of a vanishing art form.”