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Souvenir Press moves to Profile Books

Sixty-seven years after Ernest Hecht founded Souvenir Press and eight months after his death at the age of 88, Profile Books is delighted to be taking over all the publishing operations of one of Britain’s most stalwart and distinctive independents. When Ernest Hecht died early this year, still at the helm of the company he had founded in the bedroom of his parents’ home in 1951, he left his executors clear instructions about what he wanted to happen to his publishing company.  He had a (short) list of publishers he approved of and a (much longer) one he did not want to get their hands on his life’s work.  He wanted the name to live on and his commitment to independence to be honoured. Souvenir has a varied backlist of around 500 active titles and is especially strong in psychology, personal development, health and wellness. Andrew Franklin, Managing Director of Profile Books said: “I knew Ernest Hecht for many years and he was an inspiration to me early in my career.  So, it is an ho ...

The colourful life of publisher Ernest Hecht [Camden New Jou ...

That rascally teller of bad jokes and acerbic wit, publisher extraordinaire Ernest Hecht would have chuckled, if he had been around, at the memorial “celebration” of his life at St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden, on Thursday. Before it began the minister, Simon Grigg, apologised for a mistake he had made about its starting time and would have to leave earlier than intended. Ernest, who enjoyed breaking every rule in the book, would have enjoyed the moment of confusion in the church. The lavishly illustrated “order of service”, full of humorous photographs of Ernest as well as his wit, told the story of his colourful life. He died earlier this year at 88. Under the frontispiece picture of Ernest he is quoted as saying: “If you take a job in publishing the pay is awful … if you start up on your own, and work hard, you have a business clear of debt, and a personal income of £3,000 and £5,000. And watch all the football you want to.” That was important to Ernest because he was a fanatical A ...

Julia Cameron Workshop (5th May)

Julia Cameron, best-selling author of The Artist’s Way and Vein of Gold, is running a two-day intensive workshop at Alternatives, London. The Artist’s Way has sold more than four million copies worldwide, and her follow-up bestsellers Finding Water, The Vein of Gold, Walking in this World and The Right to Write are likewise flagship books which are taught in universities, churches, human potential centres and even in tiny clusters deep in the jungles of Panama. Credited with founding a new human potential movement that has enabled millions to realize their creative dreams, Cameron eschews the title creativity expert, preferring instead to describe herself simply as an artist. “Artists have always mentored, I just do it on a wider scale.” “My books are not creative theory,” she explains. “They spring straight out of my own creative practice. In a sense, I am the floor sample of my own tool kit. When we are unblocked we can have remarkable and diverse adventures.” The workshop is at Cec ...

Obituary

ERNEST HECHT, OBE (21 September 1929 – 13 February 2018) It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Ernest Hecht, OBE who passed away peacefully in hospital on 13 February 2018, after a short illness. He was a philanthropist who, both privately and through the Ernest Hecht Charitable Foundation, supported scores of UK-registered charities; working to support or improve the lives of recipients through art, education, healthcare, literature, music and theatre. In 2018, the Ernest Hecht Charitable Foundation celebrates its 15th anniversary and is justifiably proud of the terrific work that has been done over the years; making a real difference to many of the charities it has supported. Ernest Hecht originally came to Britain from a Europe under the Nazi shadow. He founded Souvenir Press, an independent book publisher, which began trading in 1951 and remains resolutely independent today.  Ernest Hecht was a permanent, unchanging figure in the publishing world for over six decad ...

Ernest Hecht Receives OBE at Buckingham Palace

On Thursday 19th November, our founder and Managing Director, Ernest Hecht, attended a ceremony at Buckingham Palace, where he was awarded his OBE for services to Publishing and Charity by HRH Prince Charles. Congratulations from all of us here at Souvenir Press on your well-deserved achievement Mr Hecht! Image not to be used for reproduction

In Memoriam

One of the downsides of being a publisher already for 64 years is that inevitably we have to mourn the deaths of authors and colleagues, and recently, we have been saddened by three such losses. Over the weekend, it was Howard Kendall, the legendary Everton player and winning Manager, whom we published. There were also obituaries for colleagues like Barbara Brecht, the daughter of Bertold Brecht, whose Obie-winning Brecht production we presented in London, and the extraordinary Carmen Balcells, the Spanish Literary Agent whom I knew for over 50 years, who changed the world publishing scene for Spanish and Latin American writing. R.I.P – it was good to have known you all and worked with you. Ernest Hecht

Ernest Hecht Awarded Order of Rio Branco

We are delighted to announce that our founder and Managing Director, Ernest Hecht has been honoured by the President of Brazil with the ORDER OF RIO BRANCO which was presented to him by the Brazilian Ambassador at a ceremony in London. (more…)

Touretteshero Presents: Idea Amplifier

This April, eight young creatives with Tourettes Syndrome from across the country came together for Idea Amplifier, a weekend workshop organised by Touretteshero’s Jess Thom, author of Welcome to Biscuit Land and Matthew Pountney. (more…)