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Peninsula Press is a new publisher founded by three indie booksellers.
Peninsula Press is a new publisher founded by three indie booksellers.
202 backers pledged £7,863 to help bring this project to life.

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Stretch Goal: £12,000

We hit our initial goal 6k goal in an amazing 6 days - but we still have another two weeks until our deadline, and we're feeling ambitious!

If we get £6000 more we'll do ANOTHER BOOK!

£12,000: LIFE IN THE UK - An anthology of fiction by non-UK nationals living in the UK

Life in the UK cover (mock-up)
Life in the UK cover (mock-up)

It’s a divisive time to be living in the UK, and in spring 2019, when the nation is set to come out – perhaps crash out – of the EU, these divisions will be starkly illuminated. Despite the promises, the future remains uncertain for thousands of people living here.

If you help us reach £12,000, we will add another book to our publication schedule. Called LIFE IN THE UK (working title), it will be an anthology of short stories written by non-UK nationals living in the UK. The book will be commissioned in 2018, and published in early 2019.

If we hit our new £12,000 target, all new and pre-existing pledges over £50 will also receive a copy of LIFE IN THE UK.

Away from the noise of the news cycle, it will provide a space in which non-UK nationals can creatively explore their experience of living in the UK.

  • 10 stories by 10 non-UK nationals living in the UK
  • Timely retort to growing antipathy toward non-UK nationals
  • Beautifully produced b-format edition
  • All pledges over £50 will receive a copy when it's released in early 2019

What is Peninsula Press?

Peninsula Press is a new publisher founded by Sam Fisher, Jake Franklin and Will Rees – three indie booksellers from Burley Fisher Books and Camden Lock Books in London. 

In recent years, independent publishers have transformed Britain’s literary landscape – taking risks, bringing out challenging books and providing a platform for under-represented voices. From behind the counter, we’ve watched this unfold. Now, we want to join in. 

One of the joys of being a bookseller is recommending a book you love. Our publisher will operate in the same way, only publishing the books we love – whether that means discovering new voices or rediscovering forgotten ones. And just like a good bookshop, our list will be diverse: whether fiction or non-fiction, our books will be consistently bold, surprising and exciting. 

In our first year we will publish five books: a collection of short fiction and four cultural essays. But first, we need your help.

* If you are pledging a reward as a gift, do so by the 15th and let us know and we'll send you a handmade card to give to your loved one! *

The Waterfront Journals by David Wojnarowicz 

Visionary artist and activist David Wojnarowicz’s The Waterfront Journals is one such book: a series of monologues that create a visceral and carnivalesque mosaic of life at the fringes of late-80s America. The book will also contain pieces by Olivia Laing and Philip Hoare on David Wojnarowicz’s writing. We are delighted to publish the book for the first time in the UK – frankly, we were amazed it hadn’t been published here already. 

Mock up cover design for The Waterfront Journals
Mock up cover design for The Waterfront Journals

Pocket Essays 

The launch of Peninsula Press also marks the launch of our series of Pocket Essays – small, stylish personal essays that excavate and explore the contemporary world. 

Each book comes packaged with a bold and distinctive typographical design. They will be available as one-offs or as a subscription. 

We’re starting the series with Mixed-Race Superman by poet Will Harris, a reflection on the lives of two very different supermen: Barack Obama and Keanu Reeves. In an era where a man endorsed by the Klu Klux Klan can sit in the White House, Will Harris asks what two men who have been embedded in our collective consciousness can teach us about race and heroism. 

Second up is Fidelity (working title) by Booker-Prize winning translator Deborah Smith, an essay that looks at the art of translation, fidelity and her experience of translating The Vegetarian

Next up we have Exposure, in which novelist Olivia Sudjic writes about the anxiety epidemic, exposure and auto-fiction. 

And finally, Losers – in which psychoanalyst and professor Josh Cohen writes about Donald Trump, narcissism and the politics of magical thinking. 

Rewards

We've got some great rewards - ranging from £6 to £600! Details of each are in the rewards section, but we'd like to draw your attention to some of the extra special ones.

For £150, get a SIGNED subscription to our Pocket Essays series, plus a framed A3 poster of the cover art to adorn your wall. There just 15 of these on offer!

For £300, become a Peninsula Patron and receive a SIGNED first-edition copy of every book we publish in 2018, 2019 and 2020 with your name on a special thank-you page in the back - plus two complimentary tickets to the launch events for every release!  

For £450 we're offering all 5 SIGNED first edition copies of all of our launch books, plus a large print of a portrait of David Wojnarowicz by another brilliant artist - Chantal Joffe. This fantastic reward is the pick of the bunch, which is why it's limited to just 5! 

Who are we? 

Sam, Jake and Will are three indie booksellers who live in London. 

Sam is from Colchester. He has worked for independent bookshops and publishers, and he is one of the owners of Burley Fisher Books in East London. His debut novel, The Chameleon, is coming out with Salt next April. 

Jake is from Oldham. He works in not one but two bookshops, Camden Lock Books (mainly) and Burley Fisher Books. He's also worked in publishing and for an international literary organisation.

Will is from Bristol. He has spent years working in bookshops and as a freelance editor. He also writes book reviews and essays for several literary magazines.

Finally, we want to say an enormous thanks to Gareth Evans, for being an unstoppable force. None of this would have been possible without him!

Get in touch

Connect with us on Twitter and Instagram (@presspeninsula), or if you get in touch via email info@peninsulapress.co.uk

Our website is still under construction, but to look at our lovely holding page visit peninsulapress.co.uk 

Risks and challenges

Between us we have over 15 years’ experience in the book industry; we’re confident that we have the knowledge and expertise to make the books we publish a success.

We've also been spending a year behind the scenes, working hard. We have our costs triple-checked and our printers lined up and ready to go.

We really believe in our books, but also have a clear plan of how to get them into hands of readers. Along with a network of bookshop contacts, we also have distribution and sales representation in place with Turnaround, one of the UK’s largest book distributors. We also have a meticulous plan for how to promote our books, including launch events for each.

The main risk is that we don't reach our goal! But that's where you come in: back us now, and we'll handle the rest.

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    A Peninsula Placeholder

    A Peninsula Press bookmark with a handwritten thank-you note.

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    The Waterfront Journals

    A stunning paperback edition of artist-activist David Wojnarowicz's The Waterfront Journals.

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    Double Peninsula Pockets

    The first two releases in our Pocket Essays series – thought-provoking short essays with bold typographical covers.

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    • Mixed-Race Superman by Will Harris (est. April 2018)
    • Fidelity by Deborah Smith (est. September 2018)
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    Pocket Essays Subcription

    Subscribe to our Peninsula Pocket Essays series, and we'll deliver all four upon their release throughout 2018 – the gift that keeps on giving!

    Includes:
    • Mixed-Race Superman by Will Harris (est. April 2018)
    • Fidelity by Deborah Smith (est. September 2018)
    • Exposure by Olivia Sudjic (est. October 2018)
    • Losers by Josh Cohen (est. November 2018)
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    Pocket Essays + The Waterfront Journals

    All five of our launch titles bundled in a single reward.

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    • The Waterfront Journals by David Wojnarowicz
    • Mixed-Race Superman by Will Harris (est. April 2018)
    • Fidelity by Deborah Smith (est. September 2018)
    • Exposure by Olivia Sudjic (est. October 2018)
    • Losers by Josh Cohen (est. November 2018)
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    SIGNED everything!

    Even better: first edition copies of all four essays signed (by the author), sealed (by us), and delivered (by a postal worker). Plus The Waterfront Journals, signed by contributors Olivia Laing and Philip Hoare.

    Includes:
    • *SIGNED* Mixed-race Superman by Will Harris
    • *SIGNED* Fidelity by Deborah Smith
    • *SIGNED* Exposure by Olivia Sudjic
    • *SIGNED* Losers by Josh Cohen (November 2018)
    • *SIGNED* The Waterfront Journals by David Wojnarowicz
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    Super SIGNED subscription

    All four signed essays, plus signed copies of the writers' previous books!

    Includes:
    • *SIGNED* Mixed-race Superman by Will Harris
    • *SIGNED* Fidelity by Deborah Smith
    • *SIGNED* Exposure by Olivia Sudjic
    • *SIGNED* Losers by Josh Cohen (November 2018)
    • SIGNED All This Implied by Will Harris (Happenstance)
    • SIGNED The White Book by Han Kang (Trans. Deborah Smith, Granta)
    • SIGNED Sympathy by Olivia Sudjic (Pushkin Press)
    • SIGNED The Private Life by Josh Cohen (Granta)
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    Pockets Print

    Signed subscription plus high quality A3 lithograph print featuring the cover art of all four essays, designed by Harry Hepburn.

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    • *SIGNED* Mixed-race Superman by Will Harris
    • *SIGNED* Fidelity by Deborah Smith
    • *SIGNED* Exposure by Olivia Sudjic
    • *SIGNED* Losers by Josh Cohen (November 2018)
    • Framed A3 Cover Art Print
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    Peninsula Patron

    Become a Peninsula Patron! For three years you will receive a first-edition copy of every book we publish, and your name will appear on a special thank-you page in the back of each and on the website. You will also receive invitations to launch events for every release.

    This would make an ideal Christmas present – for a loved on or yourself!

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    • Every book we publish in the first three years
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    Chantal Joffe Wojnarowicz print

    A signed limited edition print of amazing artist Chantal Joffe's portrait of David Wojnarowicz!

    And signed copies of all five books from 2018.

    Includes:
    • *SIGNED* Exposure by Olivia Sudjic
    • *SIGNED* Losers by Josh Cohen (November 2018)
    • *SIGNED* Mixed-race Superman by Will Harris
    • *SIGNED* Fidelity by Deborah Smith
    • *SIGNED* The Waterfront Journals by David Wojnarowicz
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    Peninsula Edits

    We will edit 20,000 words of your manuscript and provide feedback on your work-in-progress.

    We'll also send you signed copies of all four Pocket Essays and David Wojnarowicz's The Waterfront Journals.

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