About Us

“Nothing in the world makes people so afraid as the influence of an independent mind”

Albert Einstein

Profile Books has taken over all the publishing operations for Souvenir Press.

Souvenir Press started in the bedroom of Ernest Hecht’s parents’ flat and remains as independent as when the company first saw the light of day.

Our lists have always been a hugely eclectic mixture of bestsellers and books intended for more specialised audiences. We continue to believe that the aim of an independent publisher is to publish books on minority interest subjects whose time may not yet have come but challenge received wisdom.

Our 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 provide accessible help for the disabled and does 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 to 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.