It was a real privilege on to be invited to launch the new Gurkha book commemorating the 25 years of The Royal Gurkha Rifles at the Regimental Birthday Celebrations in Sir John Moore Barracks, Shorncliffe on Tuesday 9 July 2019. I was delighted that I was able to spend a few minutes chatting about the book with the Regiment's Colonel-in-Chief, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales (pictured left with me), as he kindly wrote the foreword. It was also a fantastic opportunity to catch up with old friends and make some money for the Regimental charity, the RGR Trust - sales of the book on the day raised over £2,000.00 for this very worthy cause.
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
The Royal Gurkha Rifles (RGR) was formed on 1 July 1994 when the four 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 the RGR's many achievements over the last 25 years. With a Foreword by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, it includes more than 500 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 this elite fighting force!.
Due late 2019
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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:
The new Gurkha book was made available to serving and ex-members of the RGR on 9 July 2019. As the book is about them, this was to ensure that they had the opportunity to buy a copy of this limited edition before it goes on sale to the general public on 1 October 2019. That said, you can pre-order the book on Amazon NOW using the link to the left!
Due for publication in late 2019
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In January, June and September 2018, the Gurkha book again became Amazon's best seller on Nepal and the Gurkhas, earning the coveted '#1 Best Seller' 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!
You can use the following links to see quotes about Gurkhas and find out what soldiers from The Royal Gurkha Rifles are currently doing:
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
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
'As I reflect upon the Regiment's first quarter century, it is sometimes difficult to remember exactly just how much has been achieved. This is why this book is invaluable - carefully researched, and with hundreds of fascinating images, it will perhaps help the reader to understand my deep personal pride in being Colonel-in-Chief.' His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales
Other projects that Craig Lawrence is working on include an exciting new book on leadership (due out on 1 September 2020). You can track his progress, and occasional thoughts on leadership, strategy and Gurkhas, on Twitter (see the top of the page). You can also find out a bit more about Gurkhas by watching his interview on Forces TV (on the left). It's short, to the point and will give you a good idea of what makes Britain's Gurkhas so special and why Craig keeps writing about them!
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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 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 and Amélie recruit a small team of Gurkhas and take matters into their own hands. A 'must read' for anyone who likes action adventure thrillers, not just those interested in Gurkhas!
out on 1 October 2019
Out on 1 October 2019
due late 2019
Best-selling author and book critic Michael Jecks included 'The Legacy' in his recent selection of best books of 2018.
You can see what he said about the book in this broadcast of his popular weekly YouTube programme 'Writerly Witterings'. It was rather flattering to be in a list of best books alongside authors such as Stephen Fry! You can order a copy of 'The Legacy' from Amazon by clicking the image on the right.
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. Craig Lawrence was the editor and primary author of the book, which 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."
And you can find out more about the remarkable work of the Gurkha Welfare Trust at the following link:
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's first illustrated history of the Gurkhas, which commemorated 200 years of Gurkha service to the British Crown, was published on 30 April 2015. All royalties from the sale of this book went 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 was a best-seller, raising thousands of pounds for the Gurkha Welfare Trust and the Gurkha cause.
Craig's second illustrated history of the Gurkhas concentrates on The Royal Gurkha Rifles (RGR) and has been written to help celebrate the Regiment's 25th Anniversary which takes place in July 2019. With a Foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales (the Colonel-in-Chief of the RGR) and running to 288 pages, it tells the fascinating story of this elite infantry regiment in more than 500 photographs. Although serving and retired members of the RGR have been able to buy the new RGR book since the Regimental launch on 9 July 2019, it will not be released for sale through retail outlets until 1 October 2019, although it can be pre-ordered NOW on Amazon using the links above or below (see the separate section on the new book by scrolling down the page).
Craig Lawrence's debut novel - The Legacy - was published in May 15. An adventure thriller with heroes, villains, romance, Gurkhas and lots of action, it has attracted excellent reviews. Craig's next novel, Reasonable Doubt, is a sequel to 'The Legacy' and is due to be published in late 2019 - 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 is proving to be invaluable to anybody involved in developing strategy, whether in the public or private sector. You can find out more about Craig Lawrence's books, and see some of the reviews they have attracted, by scrolling down this page (for an overview) or going to 'Books & Reviews' using the tabs at the top of this page (for a more detailed overview). You can also download a free copy of Getting Strategy Right (Enough) by following the link at the bottom of this page.