I’ve just heard of the sad news of the passing of Ernest Hecht, the founder of book publishers Souvenir Press. He published one of the first books on the Beatles, ‘Meet the Beatles’ and also Brian Epstein’s autobiography ‘A Cellarful of Noise’.
Ernest was a lovely man, who always seemed to be smiling, especially when his beloved Arsenal football team won (well, nobody’s perfect!) I met him a few times at his rather chaotic offices opposite the British Museum, which looked just like a book publishers office should look, with piles of books and manuscripts everywhere.
Ernest was 88 years old. The world will be a sadder place without him.
Here is a nice obituary from the Times https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/ernest-hecht-obituary-5fgq9sdvm