I joined the Army in 1984 and was commissioned into the Gurkhas, serving with them for 34 years before I retired from the Army in 2016. As well as writing, I now lecture on strategy and strategic leadership at the Royal College of Defence Studies in London where I am the course director. If you're interested, you can find out more about me on my webpage: www.craiglawrence.co.
Gurkhas were first recruited into the service of the British Crown in 1815. Since then, they have served with distinction and courage, earning 26 Victoria Crosses and numerous other awards for gallantry and distinguished service. 2015 marked 200 years of service to the British Crown and the book tries to explain why this was such a significant achievement, drawing on 345 expertly reproduced images, and lots of anecdotes, to tell the story.
I finished my first novel (The Legacy) whilst doing the Gurkha book. It gave me the opportunity to put Gurkhas in a contemporary setting and tells the story of how Lucy Masters, a feisty academic with a passion for extreme climbing, and Harry Parker, a Gurkha officer, come together to try and defeat the avaricious plans of one of the City of London's 'Big Beasts'. My next novel ('Reasonable Doubt') is due out in late 2018 and involves some of the same characters. It's about how a terrorist organisation sets out to wreak havoc in the west. Do they succeed? You'll need to read the book to find out but there's lots of action, some really bad villains, a bit of romance and a couple of tough and resourceful Gurkhas to keep you company on the journey!
In September of last year, I edited a book on strategy and strategic leadership titled 'Getting Strategy Right (Enough)'. It was published by HMSO on 8 September 2017 and now forms the core text at the Royal College of Defence Studies. You can download a copy free of charge on my website (www.craiglawrence.co). I'm now working on two exciting new projects. The first is another book on Gurkhas due out on 1 July 2019 to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of The Royal Gurkha Rifles. The second is a book on leadership which I hope to complete by the end of 2019. I'll keep you updated as things progress!