Craig Lawrence author, military historian and lecturer in strategy
Craig Lawrence author, military historian and lecturer in strategy

'The Legacy', an action adventure thriller

Published on 21 May 2015 - ISBN: 978-1-908487-43-8


Lucy Masters, a feisty and resourceful young academic, is in the Himalayas to climb some of the world's most challenging mountains. An assassin stalks a man whose company has developed a revolutionary new social media application. Harry Parker, an ex-Gurkha army officer, is in Kathmandu taking a break between development contracts. One of the City of London's most successful hedge fund managers is about to make his biggest ever fortune. Though they don't know it yet, the lives of these very different people come together in the most unexpected way. Add in a young and very beautiful emerging artist, a sociopath ex-special forces 'fixer', an ambitious police commissioner and two highly capable ex-Gurkha soldiers and the stage is set for a dramatic adventure. From the mountains of Nepal and the Tors of Dartmoor to the streets of London and Edinburgh, the story that unfolds will grip you from the first page. The book has attracted some excellent reviews such as the one in Devon Life published in December 2015:


'Craig Lawrence, a modern Major General, draws on his army career and bursts onto the literary scene with a novel that begins with skulduggery in the city and ends in the snows of Devon...I really enjoyed it and it's a great choice to hunker down with as the nights draw in. Inspired by Lee Child, Craig turns out a fast-paced adventure (with Gurkha guest appearances) that has appeal for many ages and covers a range of relationships.'  Devon Life, December 2015

The Gurkhas: 200 Years of Service to the Crown

​​The Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS) teaches post-graduate level courses in international relations, strategy making and strategic leadership. 'Getting Strategy Right (Enough)' is designed to support the College's flagship 11 month course in strategic leadership and the development and implementation of strategy. The booklet, which was edited by Craig Lawrence, is a major revision of a previous guide titled 'Thinking Strategically' which was first published in 2010. The revision was necessary because 2016 was a bumper year for insights into the development and implementation of strategy. For the booklet to remain both current and relevant, it was felt that the key lessons identified in reports, such as that published by Sir John Chilcot into the UK's intervention in Iraq, and books, such as Hooker and Collins' seminal examination of US interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan, needed to be included. 


Whilst primarily aimed at improving the strategic literacy of RCDS 'Members' (as RCDS students are known), the booklet will be invaluable to anybody involved in the development and implementation of strategy, whether in the public or private sectors. The booklet was originally published for internal MOD use on 4 May 2017 but was launched for a wider audience on 8 September 2017. Download a pdf copy of the guide using the link opposite.​​


​'Just finished reading it. Excellent! Anyone involved in strategy-making who hasn`t/doesn`t read this is missing out.' Lieutenant General (retired) Sir John Kiszely, author of "Anatomy of a Campaign. The British Fiasco in Norway, 1940."

Reasonable Doubt by Craig Lawrence

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When investigative journalist Amélie Lagarde learns that her brother has been killed whilst diving on the wreck of a WW2 submarine, she doesn’t share the police’s view that it was an accident. Enlisting the help of Harry Parker, adventurer and ex-Gurkha officer, she sets out to prove her point. Together, they get drawn into a desperate battle between the intelligence agencies and the world’s most elusive terrorist. With the death toll mounting and the Government reluctant to act, Harry and Amélie have little option but to recruit a small team of Gurkhas and take matters into their own hands. From the Mediterranean coast to the mountains of Afghanistan, the story that unfolds will keep you turning the pages!

'​The Gurkhas: 200 Years of Service to the Crown', a history of Britain's Gurkhas

Published on 30 April 2015 - ISBN: 978-1-910500-02-6


Gurkhas were first recruited into the ranks of the Honourable East India Company in April 1815 after demonstrating their martial prowess by halting the advance of the biggest army ever assembled by British India. These indominatable warriors from the mountains of Nepal have remained a key part of the British Army ever since, earning a well deserved reputation for loyalty and bravery. This magnificently illustrated book commemorates the Gurkhas' 200 years of service to the British Crown. Containing 345 images, many of which have never been published before, it provides a lasting memorial to these remarkable soldiers. All royalties from the book go to the Gurkha Welfare Trust, a charity working in Nepal to alleviate privation amongst ex-Gurkhas and their families. The book has attracted many outstanding reviews such as the following one which appeared in The Field magazine late last year:


'This large, picture-filled book gives a fascinating insight into the history of the Gurkhas....This book is a fitting tribute to those who made and continue to make the grade.'  The Field, August 2015

'Getting Strategy Right (Enough)', a guide to the development of strategy

Published on 4 May 2017 for internal Ministry of Defence (MOD) use

Launched for wider audience on 8 September 2017

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due July 2019


Craig Lawrence, who also writes as Major General JC Lawrence CBE, is an author, military historian and lecturer in strategic leadership and strategy development at the Royal College of Defence Studies. His illustrated history of the Gurkha soldier, which commemorates their 200 years of service to the British Crown, was published on 30 April 2015. All royalties from the sale of the book go to the Gurkha Welfare Trust (GWT), a charity which helps ex-Gurkhas and their families live their lives with dignity. With a foreword by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and an Introduction by Miss Joanna Lumley, the book has been well received and is proving to be a best-seller - indeed, royalties from sales of the book have already raised thousands of pounds for the GWT. 


Craig's debut novel - 'The Legacy' - was published on 21 May 15. An action packed adventure thriller, it has attracted excellent reviews and has been described as a 'fast-paced' and 'hard-to-put-down adventure that contains just the right mix of mystery, romance and intrigue'. Craig's next novel - 'Reasonable Doubt' - is due to be published in Spring 2018.​ Craig has also recently edited a guide to the development and implementation of strategy. Titled 'Getting Strategy Right (Enough)', the booklet is a major revision of a previous guide, 'Thinking Strategically', and now forms the core text at the Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS). Originally on restricted distribution, the booklet was launched for a wider audience on 8 September 2017 and can be downloaded as a pdf using the link above. Although primarily aimed at improving the strategic literacy of RCDS 'Members' (as RCDS students are known), the booklet will be invaluable to anybody involved in the development and implementation of strategy, whether in the public or private sectors. 


Other projects that Craig is working on include a commemorative history of The Royal Gurkha Rifles (RGR), due out in mid 2019 to coincide with the 25th anniversary of this famous regiment, and an expanded version of the strategy booklet, due to be published in late 2018. Details of the new Gurkha book can be found under the 'New RGR Book' tab. Craig also uses Twitter (see the top of the page) and his occasional blog (see the link below) to keep people updated. If you have a particular interest in any of the new projects it would be great to hear from you so please do get in touch using the form on the 'contact' page.

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Gurkha history by Craig Lawrence
New strategy book - Getting Strategy Right (Enough) - edited by Craig Lawrence
New commemorative history of the RGR by Craig Lawrence
Gurkha history by Craig Lawrence

CRAIG LAWRENCE



writer, historian and lecturer in strategy

The Legacy by Craig Lawrence
The Legacy by Craig Lawrence

Due Spring 2018


The Royal Gurkha Rifles (RGR) was formed on 1 July 1994 when the existing Gurkha regiments amalgamated to form a single regiment of three battalions. Although the RGR has only existed for 25 years, it carries the traditions and history of its antecedent regiments and has already established itself as a formidable fighting force in its own right. This book celebrates the new Regiment's first quarter century of life by providing a visual history of its many achievements over the last 25 years.


'the royal gurkha rifles: 25 years of service to the crown'

Due to be published on 1 July 2019 to coincide with the 25th anniversary of this famous regiment

'Reasonable Doubt', another action adventure thriller!

Due for publication in Spring 2018

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​due Spring 2018

New strategy book - Getting Strategy Right (Enough) - edited by Craig Lawrence
New commemorative history of the RGR by Craig Lawrence
The Legacy
New action adventure thriller 'Reasonable Doubt' by Craig Lawrence