Essentially John Ruler

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I'm John Ruler

My new website is nearing completion and my first online magazine is due to be published in April 2024.

With some 50 years of experience as an award-winning travel writer, guidebook author and photographer, I can delve deeply into my three pet subjects – Calais, Horses and Kent producing Essential copies to suit individual needs.


My Latest Book

With Emma Thomson

ISBN-10 1804691364 ~ ISBN-13 978-1804691366

Thoroughly updated for this new 3rd edition, Bradt’s World War I Battlefields remains the only compact practical travel guide to cover both French and Belgian battlefield sites involved in one of the deadliest conflicts in human history, which changed the face of foreign policy and European geography forever. The 2014-18 centenary of the First World War was a huge catalyst for battlefield tourism, leading to a proliferation of innovative new museums, memorials, commemorative trails, statues and more – which are comprehensively covered in this update.

Co-authored by two award-winning travel writers, this lightweight and pocket-friendly guidebook is perfect for visitors. It covers all the main sites, memorials and museums of the entire Western Front alongside practical information such as travelling there and getting around, and how to book the best guided tours.

Visiting well-known Somme sights – such as Thiepval, the Somme 1916 Museum, Longueval, Le Hamel and Villers-Bretonneux – is a must for many visitors. So are Arras and the information centre dedicated to the Battle of Vimy Ridge, the Battle of Fromelles Museum, the Cambrai Tank 1917 Museum, the Marne 14-18 Interpretation Centre, and the Sir John Monash Centre, which tells the story of Australian soldiers’ Western Front experiences in both countries.

This updated and expanded edition features new information on the valuable contribution made by Black, Indian and Caribbean soldiers. There is also refreshed, detailed advice on how to find the resting place of family members lost in battle.

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Coming Spring 2024

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Coming later in 2024


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