Brian Lawrenson was born in Yorkshire, brought up in the seaside city of Port Elizabeth, South Africa. After hitch-hiking round UK and Europe in the 1960’s he met and married his New Zealand born wife, Jill, in London and migrated to Australia in 1968. Since then they have travelled to more than 70 countries.
Apart from travels in the Australia, including the Red Centre; they have explored New Zealand; visited the Islands of the Pacific; journeyed through the Middle East, across Central Asia and China; criss-crossed Canada and stayed in the remote Resolute Bay; discovered the beauty of over 20 states of the USA; exploring the Inca trails of South America and cruised round Cape Horn; and visited many of the countries of the Far East including Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia.
In 2013 Brian and Jill spent 5months travelling in Europe. Look for these titles in 2014.
Brian and Jill live in their favourite city, Sydney.
Brian Lawrenson is a traveller, writer, speaker and the author of Following Marco Polo’s Silk Road and 36 eBook titles for people that love to travel.
Londolozi is a game park in South Africa that is famous for its leopards. This is the story of a couples stay at Londolozi and their experiences in the African bush. Getting up before dawn in freezing temperatures, sitting wrapped in blankets to keep out the chill, watching the sun rise and the African animals emerge from their hides to greet the new day, was worth every second of it.
Iran, formerly Persia, is one of the least travelled counties in the Middle East yet it has an amazing, rich and interesting culture that goes back beyond Roman times. Here is the cradle of civilization as we know it. Join this couple and a group of intrepid travels on a twelve day transit through Iran. Enjoy the culture, meet the people and taste the dust as we followed sand covered highways.
Join this party of four as they trek for 16 days deep into the Himalayas. Following the narrow twisting trail on the east side of the Modi Khola river as it cascades down from the Annapurna Sanctuary, they travel through picturesque Ghurung villages and forests of rhododendron, bamboo and oak that provide a complete setting of ambience of nature.
The book, Following Marco Polo’s Silk Road, is a personal account of a couple’s journey as they follow the footsteps of the legendary traveller, Marco Polo. As independent travellers, they explore the lands and the people along the mythical Silk Road. This is a graphic account about the lives of the people that they met along the way.
Margaret River is tucked away in the very south east corner of Australia and is one of Australia’s hidden wonderlands. It has striking beautiful and pristine beaches, excellent surfing, good swimming, towering forests and Australia’s premier wine region. Join this couple as the tour the region and experience all that it has to offer. You’ll want to visit there.
The very north of Australia has long been regarded as one of the most remote and distinctly different areas on earth. Join three travellers as they safari through three different areas: the city of Darwin and its surrounds, Kakadu - the largest National Park in Australia, and on through Arnhem Land where time stands still to visit the seldom visited but scenically stunning Coberg Peninsular.
The state of South Australia is Australia’s most productive wine area. It is also rich in history and artistically, culturally and scenically wonderful. This is the story of a couples exploration of the capital city, Adelaide, then follow them as they spend sevens days exploring three of the most developed wine regions: the Barossa Valley, Clare Valley and the McLaren Vale.
West Australia is the wild flower capital of the world. In September and October each year the rough Australian bush turns into fields of color. Join two couples as they tour the rugged Outback searching for the best of these 6,000 species of wild flowers, many of them unique. Along the way they find a number of other interesting places and people. With color photos.
The centre of Australia is flat, red and hot. It offers of the most amazing travel experiences that anyone could have. Here is sacred Uluru, and mystical Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), both huge sandstone massifs with spiritual links to the local Aboriginal people. The scenery is spectacular, the local people unique and the food very different - try kangaroo, camel and bush tucker. Visit the Red Centre.
The Great Ocean Road that stretches along 300 miles of Australia’s rugged southern coastline is ranked as one of the word’s most spectacular scenic and historic coastlines. Join this couple as the shop in Melbourne, drive the Great Ocean Road and return via the historic gold town of Ballarat. An Australian classic.
Oprah Winfrey’s visit to Australia in December 2010 was designed to be the most dramatic ending to the 25th Year of the her Oprah Winfrey Show. Backed by a production team of over 150 professionals and bringing an invited group of 302 of her most loyal and deserving fans, her visit to Australia was a HUGE success. This is the story of what Oprah and her audience did while she was in Austrailia.
Join two couples as they take a ten day tour of Rajasthan including visiting the amazing, colourful, annual Pushkar Animal Fair. Spend the night at the home of the Maharajah of Jodpur and the next night in the only accommodation available at $2 per night - yes, it was awful. After you have read this account you’ll taste the dust, small the animals and have met the friendly people of Rajasthan.
The Grand canyon in Arizona is without doubt one of natures most amazing accomplishments and rightly listed as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Join three travellers as they spend seven days exploring the North Rim, the Zion and Bryce National Parks, Arches NP, Monument Valley then to the South Rim.
Afterwards you’ll feel like you’ve been there.
Join a couple as they take a vacation on Oahu, the most popular of the six Hawian islands. Swim the beaches of Honolulu, climb Diamond Head, visit the Arizona Monument in Pearl Harbor, relex, tan, eat, drink and shop till they dropped.
Join a couples 12 day tour of North Western Pakistan, the Hunza Valley and Chitral in a 1974 vintage ex-army Jeep. Meet the people that they met along the way including the remote Kalashi people, who are believed to be the descendents of the soldiers of Alexander the Great. After you have read this account you’ll feel like you’ve been to these tiny settlements on the Pakistan-Afghani border.
Venice has long been one of the most intriguing cities on earth. Once the leading seaport of the Mediterranean it now is one of Europe’s busiest tourist cities. Everybody loves Venice. This is the story of a couple who went to Venice in search of history, romance and a little adventure. They ate in tratttorias where mainly Italians eat. They then caught the Venice-Istanbul Express to Turkey.
Brazil is one of the most interesting and diverse countries on earth. It is a great tourist destination. This is the story of a couples two weeks vacation in Brazil and the story of the places that they visited and the people that they met. Not everything was as straightforward as expected but overall the holiday was an exciting adventure.
Cape Horn has long been a place of adventure, history and fear. Almost every ocean sailor has had a dream of sailing round Cape Horn. It is the ultimate sailing challenge. Join this couple as they take a cruise round Cape Horn on the 70,000 ton cruise ship Splendour of the Seas.
Afterwards they returned to spend ten days exploring Patagnia.
This is the story of a couples search to explore and understand the culture of the Incas and the meaning behind the legendary lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu. They meet the people behind the legends and visit Lake Titicaca the legendary birthplace of the Incas. Illustrated with color photographs.
The myths and statues of Easter Island remain one of the world’s most intriguing unsolved mysteries. Join a couple who have visited most of the island of the Pacific as they attempt to unravel the secrets of Easter Island.
This is the story of a couples cruise through the Inside Passage from Vancouver to Alaska on the cruise ship, Radiance of the Seas. It describes the ship, their onboard activities, meals, their shore excursions and provides useful tips about making this popular cruise one of your best ever.
It ends in Vancouver and Vancouver Island and a stay at the legendary Empress Hotel and Butchart Gardens
Straw Hats and Bicycles is about a couple's travels in the depth of Vietnam and Cambodia. The eBook is illustrated with beautiful color photographs (only color if your have a color reader).
The eBook combines travel, adventure and history. It is light, informative and entertaining. If you are to visit Vietnam or Cambodia, you'll find this book an interesting read and useful resource.
The history of the Terracotta Warriors is one of China’s most intriguing mysteries. Since the first remains were found in 1974, excavation of the site has continued. In the last 10 years a number of significant breakthroughs have been made, including advances in protecting the colors of the warriors. Hundreds of new excavations have found an amazing collection of animals, people and artefacts.
Istanbul is one of the most exotic cities on earth. It is rich in culture and history. Join a couple’s once-in-a-lifetime experience as they explore the sights of Istanbul, shop in the bazaars, experience the foods and then go on a journey of exploration that takes them to Gallipoli, across the Dardanelles, on to Ephesus, Fethiye to Cappadocia.
Syria and Jordan are two of the most interesting countries in the Middle East. Steeped in history, affordable and easy to travel in, they are now popular travel destinations. The great bazaars in Damascus and Aleppo still trade as they have done for 000s of years. This is the story of a couples travels including visiting Petra and Wadi Rum, the location of the secret camp of Lawrence of Arabia.
Travelling by train across the Silk Road from Beijing to Kashgar is an established tourist route. It offers adventure, history and an opportunity to meet some of the cultures that you’ll find along the Silk Road. This is the story of a couples quest to meet these people, of experiencing their culture and their foods. The journey ends as they connect up with the Karakorum Highway into Pakistan.
Visit Beijing the seat of 24 Emperors and experience the highlights of Chinese culture, history and foods. Try the night Food markets and experience the full ceremony of Peking Duck. Walk the Great Wall of China and visit the site of the 2008 Olympic Games.
An ancient, beat-up, rusty Chinese bus is the transport to Lhasa from Nepal. It providing an unforgettable travel experience. Visit the ten storey high Potala Palace once the home of the Dalai Lama and his Summer Palace and the monasteries of Sera and Deprung.
Lukla in the Himalayas is one of the most dangerous airports in the world. Follow a group as they dig their way out of a snowbound air strip. Experience a trek to view the high Himalayan peaks and meet the Sherpa people of Nepal.
Join a group of travellers as they visit Uzbekistan and celebrate Navrus (New Year) in Samakand, the centre of Central Asian culture. Journey to the ancient walled city of Khiva and spend time at some of most amazing bazaars in Asia.
This is the story of how a small white mouse named Mickey became one of the earliest contributors to the US Space Program.
It tells a largely untold story of how a group of young rocket enthusiasts in South Africa were at the cutting edge of rocket research and how they successfully fired over 500 liquid and solid fuel rockets, one of which reached the zone of lower earth orbit.
I found the book Around Rakaposhi an interesting and worthwhile read. This is one of a few up-to-date books about northern Pakistan. Having had first hand experience of the area and the unique people that live there, I very much enjoyed the stories.
The book is written in an easy to read style and contains both useful cultural and historic details of the area of the Hunza Valley. With the disastrous landslide that the closed the KKH, the northern road into Pakistan in January 2010 and the massive flooding in the south this September, has made travelling in Pakistan difficult. It is not for the fainthearted or inexperienced. This book will help you gain a greater insight into Pakistani culture and customs.
Brian H Jones spent two and a half years working in the north. He was accompanied there by his wife, Marie. The story outlines the challenges that they met both in a personal as well as a professional capacity. He describes the background to the work in the Education field that he did. Education is critical for Pakistan’s future.
In all, they returned home after some worthwhile and culturally enriching experiences. The book provides useful background reading to anyone intending to travel there or go to Afghanistan. It will also be well received by armchair travellers or people that enjoy travelling.
Following Marco Polo’s Silk Road
eBook Travels in North Western Pakistan and the Kalashia.