Jonathan Copeland


Jonathan Copeland was born and went to school in Belfast, Northern Ireland before going to London to study law at University College London. He practised law in two major law firms in the City of London for 25 years. Throughout that time he travelled to Southeast Asia on a yearly basis and developed a passion for Indonesian culture and a strong desire to understand it.

After retiring from the law, and with some brain cells still intact, he was able to spend more time in Bali, researching and photographing all aspects of Balinese culture. The fruits of that research appear in the best selling book Secrets of Bali, Fresh Light on the Morning of the World by Jonathan Copeland and Ni Wayan Murni published by Orchid Press in 2010 and in its second print run.

Jonathan is now an independent, freelance photographer and writer specializing in travel photography. He lives mostly in Bali, Thailand and England and travels extensively. He stays in Rye, East Sussex every year and has written the ebook Walking Tour of Rye, the Most Beautiful Town in England. He has also written the ebook The Bangkok Story, an Historical Guide to the Most Exciting City in the World, illustrated with over 400 photographs. Jonathan and Murni wrote the ebook From Tattoos to Textiles, Murni's Guide to Asian Textiles, All You Need to Know ... And More. He was one of the compilers of Forty Delicious Years, Murni's Warung, Ubud, Bali, 1974-2014, From Toasted Cheese and Tomato Sandwiches to Balinese Smoked Duck.

He is currently working on more books and more ebooks.

Jonathan's photographs have been published in magazines such as Garuda Indonesia in-flight magazine, Hello Bali, Ubud Live, and Bali and Beyond and newspapers such as the Jakarta Post, Bali Advertiser and The Times, Lombok.

He has contributed photographs to books, such as the ebook Murni's Very Personal Guide to Ubud, Dancing Out of Bali by John Coast, Indonesian Food by Sri Owen, The Ethnomusicologists Cookbook edited by Sean Williams, Bali: The Ultimate Guide: to the World's Most Spectacular Tropical Island by Linda Hoffman, and Bali Soul Journeys, Connections with the Heart and Soul of Bali by Clare McAlaney and Trish McNeill.

He has created and maintains several web sites, including Murni's in Bali ( and this web site and his photographs are on and

Videos are on

Murni and Jonathan have a joint blog on

Smashwords Interview

Describe your desk
That's embarrassing.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Te Bangkok Story was inspired by prolonged spells in this wonderful city and the lack of any books that put the buildings and sights in historical context. It proved to be extremely interesting and hugely enjoyable.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Jonathan Copeland online

Where to buy in print


The Bangkok Story, an Historical Guide to the Most Exciting City in the World
By Jonathan Copeland
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 54,590. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2013 by Murni. Category: Nonfiction
The Bangkok Story traces the history of Bangkok up to the present day, and describes and places the main buildings in the city in context, to explain to the visitor their meaning and relevance, something that the usual guide books do not cover. There are a lot of places not mentioned in other books. There are directions and opening hours. The book is illustrated with over 400 colour photographs.
Walking Tour of Rye, the most beautiful town in England
By Jonathan Copeland
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 21,830. Language: British English. Published: August 3, 2012 by Murni. Category: Nonfiction
Rye, 70 miles south of London, is a small town, rich in history and numerous well-preserved buildings. The town is just the right size to go on a walking tour. This guide explains every important building and directs you to the next one. There are stories of French raids, piracy, murder, plague and Royal visits. Brief history lessons to read on the tour or at home. There are over 100 photographs.

Jonathan Copeland’s tag cloud

asia    bangkok    bangkok guide    buddhism    east sussex    england    guide    guide book    guidebook    history    museums    rye    sussex    thailand    tour    walking guide