Craig Lawrence's new Gurkha history was published in July 2019 to commemorate the 25 years of The Royal Gurkha Rifles. This section describes the book, explains why it was written and includes images of the Regimental Launch on 9 July 2019 with His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales (who wrote the book's foreword).
Right: On 16 October 2019 and 25 January 2020, the new Gurkha book became the best-selling book in its sub-category on Amazon, earning the coveted #1 best-seller accolade! Click on the image to see the book on Amazon.
Left and below: Great that the Daily Mail reviewed the new Gurkha book on 11 October 2019 and included an image from it in its 'Picture This' section.
Craig Lawrence, who also writes as Major General (Retired) J C Lawrence CBE, is an author, military historian and lecturer in strategy and strategic leadership. He is currently based in London at the Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS), where he is the Course Director. Founded by Winston Churchill in 1927, the College is the UK's leading provider of postgraduate education in the fields of strategy and strategic leadership. Craig Lawrence writes about Gurkhas (both factual histories and adventure fiction), strategy and leadership. This website provides an introduction to Craig Lawrence's books and articles and provides short illustrated histories of the Gurkhas and their famous kukri (or khukuri) knife! It also includes collections of quotes about Gurkhas and strategy. Use the page tabs above or the links below to get to the page you want, or simply type a keyword into the 'custom search' in the page header:
You can use the following links to see quotes about Gurkhas and find out what soldiers from The Royal Gurkha Rifles are currently doing:
Some think a strategy is just a high level plan; others believe it differs from a plan because it is designed to deal with uncertainty. This section provides multiple perspectives in the form of strategy quotes. It also describes 'Getting Strategy Right (Enough)' and provides a link to a recent article co-authored by Craig Lawrence that looks at the defining nature of strategy.
Craig Lawrence's first adventure thriller was published in 2015. With heroes, villains, a bit of romance, Gurkhas and lots of action, it has attracted excellent reviews, some of which are included in this section.
All about strategy
On 4 December 2019, the author and critic Allan Mallinson wrote a great review of the new Gurkha book for Country Life Magazine, describing it as a "fine study of the Gurkha rifleman..." As the book would make a fabulous Christmas gift for anyone even remotely interested in Gurkhas, the review was timely!
Left: Fantastic to finally see 'Gurkha' on the shelves in Waterstones, Salisbury. The book came out on general release on 1 October 2019 but distribution problems meant that it took until 5 October 2019 before it was actually available in bookshops - however, it's there now!
Right: On 9 July 2019 at the Regimental Launch of the new Gurkha book with His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, who did the foreword to the book. Click on the image (or the second panel below) to find out more about the book.
Gurkha adventure thriller
200 years of Gurkha history
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25 years of the RGR!
The famous Gurkha fighting knife, the kukri or khukuri, has remained virtually unchanged for over two centuries. This short illustrated history looks back over 200 years and explains why it remains as relevant on today as it was more than 200 years ago when it was first used against the British!
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Gurkhas were first recruited to serve the Crown in 1815 during the wars between the East India Company and Nepal. This brief illustrated history explains the background and provides an insight into why, 200 years later, these remarkable soldiers continue to serve in today's British Army.
Gurkhas have served the British Crown for over 200 years. During that time, many people have made statements about them that describe why they are so special. This section contains a selection of the best Gurkha quotes.
Gurkha adventure thriller