Welcome to our new website!

After months of gruelling work (no, I’m kidding, it wasn’t that bad), we’re EXTREMELY EXCITED to announce that we’ve finally launched our brand new website.

Do have a look and tell us your thoughts!

Happy book-browsing!



Happy Publication Day! *and exclusive sneak peek…

Happy publication day to Andrew Gardiner for the acclaimed A-Z of Cat Health and First Aid: A Practical Guide for Owners!

A-Z of Cat Health 2015 cover

And to celebrate, we’re giving you an exclusive sneak peak of the most talked about topic in cat medicine right nowHigh Blood Pressure.

“High blood pressure is common in both cats and people.

Most cats with high blood pressure are older individuals, very often suffering from kidney disease or over-active thyroid gland. The raised blood pressure has occurred because of these underlying conditions. A few cats may have high blood pressure on its own, without any underlying condition, but this is rarer in cats compared to people.

High Blood Pressure can damage several vulnerable organs, notably the eyes, kidneys, heart and brain. This damage from raised pressure can then complicate any underlying condition, creating a viscous circle effect. Signs of this sort of damage occurring may include partial or complete blindness, bleeding into the eye, kidney failure, brain damage (showing, for example, as fits), and heart disease.

First aid & nursing

Any cat with vision loss or deterioration needs to be kept in a safe place until he or she can be seen by the vet.

Veterinary treatment

The cat’s blood pressure will be monitored regularly to determine if the high blood pressure is consistent and requiring treatment. Most cats tolerate this painless procedure well once they have become used to it. 

Particular attention is paid to the eye in diagnosing and monitoring high blood pressure.

Various drugs, alone or in combination, are used to treat high blood pressure. Individual cats vary a lot, both in terms of underlying diseases that are present, and also their response to treatments, so it is often a case of fine tuning over weeks and months to attain the best balance of treatment for the individual. Your cat with high blood pressure may not receive the same treatment as your neighbour’s. Ongoing monitoring is vital.”

– snippets from the ‘High Blood Pressure’ section, pp. 38-39

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Happy St Patrick’s Day!

Today, millions of people (both Irish and non-Irish) will be wearing green, drinking Guinness and celebrating St Patrick’s Day.

happy st patricks day shamrock

The annual Irish celebration is now a global event – even the Eiffel Tower is lighting up green tonight – but did you know that it originated in the USA?

In 17th century Ireland, March 17 was a religious feast day, used to mark the death of St Patrick, who is credited with spreading Christianity in the green isle. People would usually go to mass, not to pubs.

Meanwhile, in the USA, Irish immigrants began their own St. Patrick traditions. The first New York St Patrick’s Day parade, or walk, was in 1766, started by Irish Catholic members of the British army.

It was only in the 1960s that Dublin started to take note of the Americans – and St Patrick’s Day evolved into the celebration that it is today.

Souvenir Press publishes a number of Irish-themed titles, perfect for getting to grips with Irish culture.

Great Irish Stories of Childhood edited and introduced by Peter Haining

A haunting collection of stories from some of Ireland’s most famous writers, from Samuel Beckett and Seamus Heaney to Roddy Doyle and Flann O’Brien. Vivid, evocative and often deeply moving, this is a collection to reawaken nostalgia and provide hours of unadulterated pleasure.


Whether their memories are of rural villages or crowded city streets, of running through the fields or enduring the discipline of spartan convent schools, some of the greatest names in twentieth-century Irish writing combine to create an irresistible book.

Great Irish Drinking Stories edited and introduced by Peter Haining

From James Joyce, Flann O’Brien and Brendan Behan to Roddy Doyle and Patrick McCabe, all have written about drinking and its effects, the stuff of life and sometimes the troubling consequences. In Great Irish Drinking Stories, Irish revelry is included, wakes and weddings, city bars and country pubs, the craic and the ceilidh in a round of stories that celebrate drink and drinking.


For those of you who love Dublin for the pubs and the craic, comes a literary companion. – ‘Liverpool Echo’, 

Happy St Patrick’s Day!

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Spoil Mum this Mother’s Day with the best present of all – a book.

Whether your Mum is an avid gardener or a chocoholic, here are some of Souvenir Press’ favourite Mother’s Day titles…

Warning: When I Am An Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple by Jenny Joseph

“I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn’t go, and
Doesn’t suit me.”

Warning cover

The Joy of Allotments by Caroline Deput

“March: We still have morning frosts and it’s just above freezing. I have decided it is impossible to look stylish on the allotment.”

Book Review Two for Vegetable Growers The Joy of Allotments

Chocolate Therapy by Murray Langham

“Chocolate is food from the gods; it’s energy, vitality, oneness.”

Chocolate Therapy

A Chocolate A Day by John Ashton & Suzy Ashton

“Chocolate can be part of enjoying life to the full; and this is what we believe chocolate symbolises – simply enjoying life”


Learn To Speak Cat 2: The Latest Mews by Anthony Smith



Head to www.souvenirpress.co.uk for more bookish inspiration!

#SPgiveaway – Souvenir Press Celebrates World Book Day 2015

As we all know, it was World Book Day yesterday, and to live up to our independent name, we decided to do something a little bit different…


Lucky visitors to SP HQ were treated to free books of their own choice in our World Book Day giveaway on Thursday.

Our marketing team, Amy and Claire, curated the list of books from a variety of different genres, including fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

A wide range of readers expressed their pleasure in receiving a book gift, either for themselves or their family. See below for some of the lucky readers!


Marco, Roberta and Thomas chose Cecil Aldin’s Puppy Dogs’ Tales for Marco’s daughter.


Jay opted for Sol Yurick’s The Warriors, after recognising the title from the 1979 cult movie.


Mike chose Jess Thom’s Welcome to Biscuitland for his teenage daughter.


As a visitor to the UK, Luca chose cartoonist Rupert Besley’s Terribly English.

See the full list of recipents on our Pinterest page

And Happy World Book Day!