The Legacy, an action adventure thriller

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

Lucy Masters, a feisty academic, is in Nepal to climb in the Himalayas. An assassin stalks a man whose company has developed a revolutionary new social media application. Harry Parker, a veteran Gurkha officer, is in Kathmandu on leave. 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, the lives of these very different people will come together in a most unexpected way. Add in a beautiful emerging artist, a sociopath ex-special forces 'fixer' and two highly capable Gurkhas and the stage is set for an adventure that will grip you from the first page, whether or not you have an interest in Gurkhas! 

'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

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

Published on 4 May 2017 for internal use in the Ministry of Defence (MOD) by those involved in strategy making

Launched for a wider audience of people interested in strategy on 8 September 2017

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Craig Lawrence, who also writes as Major General JC Lawrence CBE, is an author, military historian and lecturer in strategy and strategic leadership at the Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS) in London. His illustrated history of the Gurkhas, which commemorates 200 years of Gurkha service to the British Crown, was published on 30 April 2015. All royalties from the sale of the Gurkha book go to the Gurkha Welfare Trust, a charity which helps retired Gurkhas and their families. With a foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales (the Colonel in Chief of the Gurkha Infantry) and an Introduction by Joanna Lumley (Vice Patron of the Gurkha Welfare Trust and daughter of a Gurkha officer), it's no surprise that the Gurkha book is a best-seller, raising thousands of pounds for the Gurkha Welfare Trust and the Gurkha cause. 


Craig's debut novel - 'The Legacy' - was published in May 15. An adventure thriller with villains, romance, Gurkhas and lots of action, it has attracted excellent reviews. Craig's next novel, 'Reasonable Doubt', is due to be published in mid 2018 - again, it has Gurkhas, villains, romance and action!​ Craig recently edited a guide to the development and implementation of strategy. Titled 'Getting Strategy Right (Enough)', the booklet will be invaluable to anybody involved in developing strategy, whether the strategy is for the public or private sector. 


Other projects that Craig is working on include a commemorative history of The Royal Gurkha Rifles (due out in mid 2019 to coincide with the 25th anniversary of this famous Gurkha regiment), an expanded version of the strategy booklet (due to be published in late 2018) and a book on leadership. You can track his progress, and occasional thoughts on strategy and Gurkhas, on Twitter (see the top of the page) and his occasional blog (see the link below). Craig also gives talks on Gurkhas, strategy and strategic leadership.

If you want to find out more about the history of Britain's Gurkhas, the following link will take you to the Gurkha Museum's web page:

About Craig Lawrence: ​Find out more about Craig, including his 34 years with Gurkhas,

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 Gurkha regiment

Kukri: ​Read a brief illustrated history of the kukri, the famous Gurkha fighting knife, 

The Legacy
Getting Strategy Right (Enough) - edited by Craig Lawrence

And you can find out more about the remarkable work of the Gurkha Welfare Trust at the following link:

Social Media: See Craig's latest posts about Gurkhas, strategy, books and strategic leadership

Strategy: ​Nothing about Gurkhas but definitions of strategy, quotes about strategy and thoughts on books about strategy

The Royal Gurkha Rifles (RGR) was formed on 1 July 1994 when the existing Gurkha regiments amalgamated to form a single Gurkha regiment of three Gurkha battalions. Although the Royal Gurkha Rifles has only existed for 25 years, it carries the traditions and history of its antecedent Gurkha regiments and has already established itself as a formidable Gurkha fighting force in its own right. This book celebrates the new Gurkha Regiment's first quarter century of life by providing a visual history of its many achievements over the last 25 years. It includes hundreds of photographs of Gurkhas that have not been published before and it should therefore be of real interest to anyone who wants to know more about Britain's Gurkhas!.

Reasonable Doubt, another action adventure thriller!

Due for publication in Spring 2018

Amazon best-selling Gurkha book
History of the RGR by Craig Lawrence


Although website is primarily designed to tell you about Craig Lawrence's books, it also provides a brief introduction to strategy, strategic leadership and Gurkhas. Navigate around the site using the tabs at the top of the page or the following links: 

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Books: ​Find out about the thrillers, and books on Gurkhas and strategy, 

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

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The Gurkhas: 200 Years of Service to the Crown

Contact: If you want to talk about Gurkhas, strategy development, implementing strategy, leadership or books, please contact Craig


If you liked this page, please help spread the word by 'liking' it on Facebook using the button opposite - thank you for your support!

Reviews: ​Read the reviews of Craig's books on Gurkhas and strategy, as well as his thrillers, 

Gurkha history by Craig Lawrence

Gurkhas: Read the short illustrated history of the Gurkhas

​​​RCDS runs post-graduate level courses in international relations, strategy 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 was edited by Craig Lawrence and is a major revision of a previous guide to strategy titled 'Thinking Strategically'. The revision was necessary because 2016 and 2017 were bumper years for observations on strategy. For example, Sir John Chilcot's report into the UK's intervention in Iraq contained many valuable insights on strategy making that will be of real interest to those who develop or implement strategy, whether the strategy is in the public or private sectors.

​'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."


In January 2018, the Gurkha book again became Amazon's best seller on Nepal and the Gurkhas, earning the coveted '#1' accolade and raising more money for the Gurkha Welfare Trust.

The link to the right will take you to the Gurkha book on Amazon so you can browse reviews, buy the book or even look for other books on Gurkhas!

Reasonable Doubt by Craig Lawrence

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 recently retired Gurkha, 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, Amélie and a small team of Gurkhas take matters into their own hands. A 'must read' for anyone who likes action adventure thrillers, not just those interested in Gurkhas!

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Locations: Craig travels a fair bit to try and ensure that his international action adventure novels are authentic. See some of the locations 

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​You can use the following links to find out what soldiers from The Royal Gurkha Rifles are currently doing:

​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 and have been a key part of the British Army ever since, earning a well deserved reputation for loyalty and bravery - indeed, these terms are now synonymous with Gurkhas! This magnificently illustrated book commemorates 200 years of Gurkha service to the British Crown. Containing 345 images of Gurkhas, many of which have never been published before, it provides a lasting memorial to Britain's Gurkha soldiers. All royalties from the book go to the Gurkha Welfare Trust, a charity working in Nepal to alleviate privation amongst retired Gurkhas and their families.

'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

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gurkhas, thrillers and books about strategy

The Legacy by Craig Lawrence

the legacy: KINDLE version reduced to £3.99

Amazon is now selling the Kindle version for £3.99. This brings the price into line with that of other works of fiction by authors such as Dan Brown even though he doesn't mention Gurkhas!

Use the link on the left to take advantage of this reduction, or to just browse the reviews on Amazon! The link on the right takes you to what I think is Amazon's lowest priced Kindle offer.

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Reasonable Doubt by Craig Lawrence