Robin Laurance is an Oxford-based writer and photographer with 35 years experience, contributing words and pictures to newspapers and magazines at home and abroad. Robin began his career with the Guardian newspaper in London as a photographer before pursuing a freelance career in both writing and photography. He has contributed features and photographs on a regular basis to The Times, The Sunday Times and the Guardian.

Robin has published four books: The Millennium Generation and Portrait of Islam were books of photographs and both published by Thames & Hudson.


Just What I Always Wanted is a book looking at the history of present giving through the 365 most unusual birthday presents to have changed hands in the past 300 years. It was published by Quercus and is now available on line.

COCONUT How The Shy Fruit Shaped Our World is about the social history of the coconut during the past 500 years. The hard cover book is available at Amazon and The Book Depository and at all good book shops. It will also be available as an e-book.