About Lois

Author / Journalist / Speaker
Pryce writes as she acts, with an easy ebullience, and this makes interesting things happen to her...

The Telegraph

Lois Pryce is an author, travel writer and broadcaster, and was named by The Telegraph as one of the Top 10 Great Female Travellers. 

Her writing is action-packed yet insightful, capturing the raw thrill of adventure and the power of human connection, coupled with a sharp wit and keen eye for the bizarre. Legendary travel writer, Dervla Murphy described Lois’ books as ‘a satisfying blend of action, thought and feeling’.

Lois’ love of exploration began age 13, when along with three school friends, she bicycled around Cornwall for a week – with no grown-ups. Travelling without any particular destination in mind, and camping in fields and farmers’ barns along the way, it was this freewheeling, improvised approach that set a template for her future solo adventures. Taking the principle of ‘maps over apps’, her journeys are lo-fi, gadget free and centred around the ethos of saying ‘yes’ to every invitation.

Following a career in the music industry, Lois left her job at the BBC in London to ride 20,000 miles from Alaska to the tip of South America on a small dirtbike. Her book about this trip, Lois on the Loose, was published throughout the world and has become a travel classic, establishing her as one of the world’s leading female adventure writers.

Her next expedition saw her ride the length of Africa, from London to Cape Town via the Sahara, Congo and Angola. This resulted in her second book, Red Tape & White Knuckles which was excerpted in the New York Times and is now regarded as a definitive account of this classic overland journey.

Her latest book, Revolutionary Ride, was met with widespread critical acclaim throughout the world and was shortlisted for the 2018 Edward Stanford Travel Writing Award. It tells the story of her 3000-mile, solo motorcycle ride around Iran and was named as a Book of the Year by National Geographic Traveller Magazine, describing it as ‘a joyful, moving and stereotype-busting tale’.

As well as her books, Lois writes about places, people and culture for various publications in the UK and USA, including the Guardian, Telegraph, CNN, the i-paper, and the Independent, and contributes to From Our Own Correspondent on BBC Radio 4. She is a contributing editor to Overland Journal (USA) and was the Adventure Editor for Bike Magazine (UK) from 2016-2020. She regularly appears as a media commentator and chairs literary and travel events around the world. Lois also teaches non-fiction/memoir writing for the Arvon Foundation, is a Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund and a judge for the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards.

With her husband, adventure film-maker, Austin Vince, she is the founder of The Adventure Travel Film Festival which occurs annually in England, Scotland and Australia.

In her free time, Lois is to be found messing about on her boat on the River Thames, swimming in cold, wild water, or playing the banjo in her bluegrass band.