Souvenir Press is an independent book publisher, started in 1951 by Ernest Hecht, who still leads the company today. We specialise in non-fiction, though our lists also feature a wide range of fiction titles. We have a strong, ever-growing e-book list that is bringing Souvenir Press’ bestselling books to a new generation of readers in the digital age.
Our hugely eclectic list includes a wide range of pregnancy and childcare books, acclaimed mathematics education titles, history, politics, and philosophy books, humour and inspirational titles. Souvenir Press is influential in the field of feminist publishing, has published five Nobel Prize winners (including two winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature), and over 60 titles in the pioneering Human Horizons series, which provided accessible help for the disabled and did much to improve services in hospitals and the community.
Our Independent Voices series is dedicated to publishing writers who challenge conventional wisdom by providing an alternative viewpoint, and includes titles on Black History, books that focus on the LGBT community (including a ground-breaking history of HIV/AIDS by Randy Shilts), and two books by Alan Watts, among others.
In our six decades of independent publishing we have been proud have produced some surprise bestsellers, with at least 20 titles making it to the Number 1 spot both in the UK and in the USA. Unbelievably, one of our earliest bestsellers, The Password is Courage (1953), is still available today. At present we have around 500 titles in print, and with a list as diverse as ours, you’re practically guaranteed to find something of interest in the pages of our latest catalogue.
(The Souvenir Press official flag in the colours of Arsenal and Brazil.)