Jonathan Cape/Random House

ForeignCountryUKJonathan Cape/Random House publishes and distributes My Life as a Foreign Country throughout the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, India, and more.

Jonathan Cape Ltd. was founded in 1921 by Jonathan Cape and Wren Howard. The firm quickly established itself as one of the leading literary publishers in London, publishing T.E. Lawrence’s The Seven Pillars of Wisdom, Ernest Hemingway, Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons (all the books in the series are still in print today in the original editions) and, in 1953, Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale, the first of the James Bond books.

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Bloodaxe Books

bloodaxe_togetherBloodaxe Books published Here, Bullet and Phantom Noise in the UK. Bloodaxe Books is Britain’s premier poetry publisher, with an international reputation for quality in literature and excellence in design.
 It is an independent literary publishing house, founded in Newcastle in 1978 by Neil Astley, joined in 1982 by chairman Simon Thirsk.

For Rights, Publicity and Editorial postal enquiries:
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Translation Rights: For translation rights (complete books) requests, please contact Christine Macgregor: 
For translation rights for individual poems, please contact Suzanne Fairless-Aitken.

Oppenheim forlag (Sweden)

swedish_togetherOppenheim forlag is a wonderful publisher based in Gothenburg, Sweden.  The Editor is Florence Oppenheim.  My translator is Roy Isaksson.

The ambition of Oppenheim förlag is to publish authors and words that arouse curiosity, no matter the genre. We publish mainly Swedish authors, but also foreign, in Swedish translation.

For further information and international orders, please contact us:
Address: Drängvägen 14, S-438 93 Landvetter, Sweden
E-mail: forlag(a)
Phone: + 46 (0) 31-94 52 42


A series of translated poems aired on Swedish radio (SverigeSRadio), read by my wonderful translator, Roy Isaksson.  Review of I skuggornas ständiga larm. And another review.

De Arbeiderspers (The Netherlands)

My Life as a Foreign Country will be translated into Dutch and published/distributed by De Arbeiderspers (early 2015). Looking forward to sharing news on the publication and to launching the memoir in The Netherlands.

News and Info from Overseas

In Paris for the Beaux-Arts FIAC with Ko Un and Dunya Mikhail and Homero Aridjis and more. Read more.

Here, Bullet translated into Polish (by Dariusz Adamowski) and published in October. Here’s a teaser. 

My Life as a Foreign Country out in Paperback with Vintage.

Radio New Zealand: “Brian Turner — poet, writer and professor”

The Irish Times: “War and its opposite, by a soldier poet: My Life as a Foreign Country (Book Review by Lia Mills)”

BBC Radio Ulster with Steven Rainey on Arts Extra

The Independent–American soldier-poet Brian Turner reveals the enduring turmoil that inspired his memoir by James Kidd

British Forces News-Worldwide (BFBS) with Ali Gibson at the Edinburgh Book Festival, 2014

“Peace of Mind is Lost in War,” a review by Richard W Strachan in The Herald

The Observer–A Review of My Life as a Foreign Country by Tim Adams

The Telegraph–A Review of My Life as a Foreign Country by Joanna Bourke

“Opening the hurt locker: three new books on Iraq” in New Statesman

“The One Book I Carried in My Assault Pack” in Port Magazine

Interview on Radio Bremen

The Scottish Poetry Library

ANZAC Day Show, Radio New Zealand (Friday, April 25, 2014)

Two poems (“Ajal” & “Eucalyptus”) published in Kyoto Journal (Issue 79)


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