Parthian Books

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Parthian Books is an independent publisher based in Cardigan. It was founded in 1993. Parthian is an editorially-led publishing house, which publishes a range of contemporary fiction, poetry, drama as well as art books. It is also involved in the European literary scene; its motto being “A Carnival of Voices in Independent Publishing”.

Some of the authors that Parthian Books has published include Deborah Kay Davies, Professor Dai Smith, Rachel Trezise, Lewis Davies, Glen Peters and Jeni Williams. Parthian has also published its first celebrity autobiography this year with Boyd Clack's Kisses Sweeter Than Wine. The publisher has also launched a new series in 2010 aimed at helping young writers get into print called Bright Young Things, it includes novels, short stories and travelogues. The first four authors in this series are Tyler Keevil, J. P. Smythe, Suzie Wild and Wil Gritten.

Parthian Books works in partnership with Il Caduceo literary agency in Genoa who represents their writers in translation. Parthian has developed translation links throughout Europe and beyond, and its books have appeared in fifteen foreign language editions including French, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Turkish, Danish, Portuguese and Russian. Parthian has also recently announced its first book deal with New Star publications in China for the thriller The Colour of a Dog Running Away by Richard Gwyn.

Parthian also publishes titles translated into English, such as To Bury the Dead, Under the Dust, The Bridge Over the River, Strange Language, Martha, Jac and Shanco'' from Spanish, Catalan, German, Basque and Welsh.

Parthian receive financial support from the Welsh Books Council in the form of grants, they are also responsible for publishing the Library of Wales series, which is a Welsh Assembly Government and Welsh Books Council joint initiative.


Recent Parthian titles have won awards including:

Library of Wales[edit]

Parthian has also published the Library of Wales series, which is a selection of classic writing from Wales in the English language.


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