Win an Independent Voices Book Bundle!

To celebrate the launch of the brand new Souvenir Press website (hurrah!), we’re giving one lucky person the chance to win a great prize – an Independent Voices book bundle!

Five of our favourite titles are up for grabs, all published in our acclaimed Independent Voices series.

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A little bit about Independent Voices…

The series is dedicated to publishing writers who provide alternative viewpoints and challenge conventional wisdom, making available work that has been unavailable in the UK although it is as relevant today as on its original publication.

You can see all of our other Independent Voices titles on our (brand new!) website at

It’s very easy to enter – all you need to do is one of three things:

  1. Simply retweet one of our tweets about the competition on Twitter (@SouvenirPress)
  2. Like/comment on this blog post
  3. Or email me with the subject heading ‘Independent Voices Competition’

Good luck!

UK only. Deadline for entries is Friday 17th July at 5pm (UK time). One winner will receive a book bundle consisting of Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin, And The Band Played On by Randy Shilts, People Who Say Goodbye by P.Y. Betts, The Soft Vengeance of a Freedom Fighter by Albie Sachs and The Warriors by Sol Yurick. One entry per person. Winner will be selected by random draw.


Competition Time – Once Upon a Flock

You all loved Lauren Scheuer’s wonderful guest blog post that she did for us last week, so here’s your chance to win one of three copies of her new book Once Upon a Flock.

UK only, please – if you live in the US or the rest of the world you can find out more about her book on Lauren’s blog.

The competition:

To celebrate the publication of Lauren Scheuer’s gorgeous full-colour illustrated memoir of her life with her flock, we are giving away three copies of her new book Once Upon A Flock.

To enter:

We want to celebrate Lauren’s amazing, colourful illustrations. So for your chance to win a copy of Once Upon a Flock, just send us your drawing of a chicken on Twitter, Facebook or by email.

We’re not judging on artistic merit, so if you’re not the most artistic person, don’t worry!

The rules:

One entry per person, UK entrants only, drawings must be your own work. On Twitter, please tag your entries #flockart. The deadline is 30th November at 5pm.

To get you started, here’s one we did earlier. And one of Lauren’s, for comparison. We’ll leave it up to you to decide which was done by the  acclaimed illustrator, and which was done by us!

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Competition Winners – #SaveOurMonsters

All last month you kept us entertained with your clever and creative ideas to cheer up Godzilla for our #SaveOurMonsters competition.

The competition is now closed and we have contacted the winners. And without further ado, take a look at the winning entrants:

Congratulations to all three of our winners – your prizes are being packaged up as we speak!

We hope you enjoy your copy of Sad Monsters by Frank Lesser, as well as all the other goodies coming your way.

If you didn’t win, don’t worry – you can still grab yourself a copy of Sad Monsters in paperback and e-book.

Save Our Monsters

Sad Monsters: A Competition



Save Our Monsters

Enter our Halloween-themed competition to win one of three exclusive goody bags. UK only, competition ends 31st October at 5pm.

We are now only a week away from publication of Sad Monsters by Frank Lesser, illustrated by Willie Real, so now is the perfect time to join our Save Our Monsters campaign!

Take Godzilla, for example. Godzilla is really having a bad day. Even destructive rampages aren’t as much fun as they used to be, and Son of Godzilla never calls any more. What’s a giant monster to do?

Think you could cheer him up? We’re giving away three exclusive goody bags containing a copy of Sad Monsters by Frank Lesser, Where the Ghosts Walk by Peter Underwood, and a selection of other treats.

To be in with a chance of winning one of these fab freebies, take a look at Willie Real’s illustration, below, and tell us how you would cheer up Godzilla.

To enter, tweet us @SouvenirPress with your idea to cheer up Godzilla, using the hashtag #SaveOurMonsters. If you’re feeling creative, you could even send us a little doodle. We don’t know how Godzilla feels about doodles, but we love them.

If you’re not on Twitter, fear not! You can still enter by email: just put Save Our Monsters in the subject line and tell us how you would cheer up Godzilla and get him back to his rampaging, destructive self that we all know and, er, fear.

UK only. Deadline for entries is 31st October at 5pm.


WIN one of three copies of Martin Luther King Jr’s ‘Stride Toward Freedom’

On this day in 1963 Martin Luther King Jr delivered his historic ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, the culmination of the American Civil Rights movement that transformed a nation:

I say to you today, my friends, though, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up, live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

Martin Luther King Jr’s involvement in the American Civil Rights movement is documented in his own words, sharing his own stories and experiences, in his book Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s most famous speech, we are giving away three copies of Stride Toward Freedom.

To be in with a chance of winning, simply fill in the form below, telling us when it was that Martin Luther King Jr delivered his famous speech*. Competition closes at 9am (UK time) on 2nd September 2013.


*Winners will be picked at random. One entry per person.

Competitions and reviews galore!

It’s all go here at Souvenir HQ. With two new books published next week, and the London Book Fair the week after, I think it’s fair to say that we’re keeping busy in our Great Russell Street office. But somehow we’ve still found time to bring you info on a couple of exciting competitions happening at the minute, as well as a bumper round-up of reviews we’ve found on the web this week.

First up, it’s competition time!

If you’re into everything equine, we suggest you head over to where you can win copies of two of our horse training guides:

The Art and Science of Clicker Training for Horses by Ben Hart is a clear, concise and accessible guide that will help you develop a positive approach to horse training.

Talking with Horses by Henry Blake was the first book of its kind, and a pioneer in the field of horse communication. Learn to communicate with your horse in his own language and you will learn to work together with your horse, moving and thinking as one animal.

Or, if you or a close friend or relative is expecting, take a look at are giving ten lucky mums (or dads)-to-be the chance to win a copy of Jena Pincott’s new book. The competition closes on 30th April:

Do Chocolate Lovers Have Sweeter Babies? answers a whole host of questions about pregnancy. Rather than being a how-to guide, this fascinating book covers the why, the QI of maternity books.

While we’re on the subject of Do Chocolate Lovers Have Sweeter Babies, this week brought us our first reader review over on The Garden Window blog:

“Clearly written in a lucid and highly engaging way, Jena Pincott has masterfully turned extremely complex scientific research into an easily understandable and always enjoyable book… this is an utterly absorbing book” – The Garden Window blog

Jena Pincott’s new book was also featured in the Daily Express this week, and you can read their extract from the book here.

We have also had a flurry of reviews arrive (with yesterday’s April snow, perhaps) for a variety of titles, old and new.

One of our Autumn 2012 titles, Jessica Thom’s wonderful Welcome To Biscuit Land, which features a foreword by Stephen Fry and which has done wonders raising awareness and understanding of Tourettes Syndrome, was reviewed by the wonderful Jo who runs the book blog Jaffareadstoo:

“Jessica has with great wit and charm completely overturned my thinking about Tourette’s syndrome, and those whose lives are affected bit it.” – Jaffareadstoo blog

We’ve had yet more praise for Brain Games for your Child by Robert Fisher, which top parent bloggers have been loving recently. You can read previous reviews here, and be sure to check out the whole review by Mummy Lion.

“If you’re sitting at home… wondering what you will do to entertain your children while they’re off school for two long cold weeks then I think I have found the solution… I thoroughly recommend this book and will be using it lots this snowy Easter of 2013 and beyond.” – Mummy Lion blog

I also found this very detailed, in-depth review of How Puzzles Improve Your Brain by Richard Restak and Scott Kim, over on

“The more you read this book, the more you’ll become aware of the different memory aspects you have. Knowing what your strengths and weaknesses are with these, not to mention how to exercise them, should enhance your own memory.” – SFcrowsnest

Over the Easter weekend, How Puzzles Improve Your Brain was also featured in the Mail on Sunday, but the feature isn’t available online.

That’s all for this week. We’ll be back on Monday bringing you our latest newsletter (you can sign up here), and information on our new books.

Have a good weekend, everyone!

And the winners are…

Last week, to celebrate the end of the 2012 Formula One season, and a third consecutive championship victory for Sebastian Vettel, we at Souvenir Press ran a competition to give away three copies of MEET SEBASTIAN VETTEL, the first English-language biography of the youngest ever F1 champion.

We were flooded with entries and are now very excited to announce the winners of this give-away. Winners will be emailed later today because obviously I need your contact details so that I can send you your book!

Without further ado, the winners of the copies of MEET SEBASTIAN VETTEL are:

Cheryl Clarke

Daniela Botezatu

Ian Abrahams

Congratulations to our randomly selected winners, and thank you to everyone who entered. If you didn’t win, the book is out now. Roll on 2013 and the new season!

Meet Sebastian Vettel cover