Lois Pryce

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Lois Pryce
Born (1973-01-13) January 13, 1973 (age 47)
Spouse(s)Austin Vince
WebsiteOfficial website

Lois Pryce (born 13 January 1973) is a British author, journalist and a founder/curator of the Adventure Travel Film Festival.[1] She is the author of Lois on the Loose,[2] Red Tape & White Knuckles[3] and Revolutionary Ride[4], travel memoirs about her solo motorcycle journeys through the Americas, Africa and Iran.

Early life[edit]

She was born in Aberdeen but grew up and attended school in Bristol. She has lived in London since 1992.


She worked in the music industry in London until April 2003 when she left her position at BBC Music[5] to make a 10-month solo motorcycle journey of approximately 20,000 miles from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego, Argentina.[6] This resulted in her first book, Lois on the Loose, which was published in the UK in 2007 by Arrow, an imprint of Random House,[2] and in the USA by Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press. It has also been translated into German, Dutch and Italian. It is currently published in the USA by Lee Klancher's Octane Press.[7] The Telegraph said it ‘Roars along at a breakneck pace and is full of snappy accounts and funny asides.’ [8]

In 2006 she made her second long-distance solo motorcycle expedition from London to Cape Town,[9] a journey of approximately 10,000 miles. Her route involved crossing the Sahara and traversing the Congo Basin and Angola. Her book about this trip, Red Tape & White Knuckles, was published in 2008 in the UK by Arrow/Random House [3] and in the USA by Octane Press.[10] It was excerpted in The New York Times where it was described as ‘Breezy and upbeat ... enough to make readers reach for their helmets and aim for a remote part of the globe.’ [11]

In 2013 and 2014 she made two solo motorcycle tours of Iran,[12] which is the subject of her third book, Revolutionary Ride, published in 2017 in the UK and USA by Nicholas Brealey/Hodder.[4]

The Telegraph listed her as one of ‘Ten Great Female Travellers’ for International Women’s Day 2015.[13]

She contributes regularly to various publications and her writing has appeared in The Telegraph,[14] The New York Times,[15] The Guardian,[16] The Independent [17] and CNN.[18] She is a contributing editor to the US travel magazine, Overland Journal[17] and contributes as the regular travel consultant on BBC Radio 5 Live’sUp All Night’ programme.[19]

She is also the co-founder and curator of The Adventure Travel Film Festival[1] with her husband, the long-distance motorcyclist and film-maker Austin Vince. The festival takes place annually in the UK and Australia.

Personal life[edit]

She is married to round-the-world motorcyclist and film-maker, Austin Vince.

She is an inland waterways enthusiast and owns a classic Dutch sailing barge.

She is the banjo player in the all-female bluegrass band, The Jolenes.[20]

She is the great granddaughter of Nobel Prize-winning physicist, Max Born and first cousin once removed to Olivia Newton-John and third cousin once removed to Ben Elton.



Lois on the Loose published by Arrow/Random House (UK) and Octane Press (USA)

Published in Germany as Vollgas (Ullstein Verlag)

Published as Lois Onderweg in the Netherlands (Sirene)

Published as Verso Ushuaia in Italy (RideRTW)


Red Tape & White Knuckles published by Arrow/Random House (UK) and Octane Press (USA)


Revolutionary Ride published by Nicholas Brealey/Hodder (UK & USA)

Published Articles[edit]

The Telegraph, July 2017 - The road less travelled: Why this is the best driving holiday in Italy

The Guardian, January 2017 - A motorcycling adventure across Iran: ‘the standout attraction is the people'

iNews, January 2017 - The Girl on a Motorcycle – in Iran

The Independent, August 2016 - A wake-up call for Margate's broken Dreamland

The Guardian, July 2016 - A Bond-style bar in Lanzarote? Get groovy at the Mirador del Río

The Independent, February 2016 - The art of picnicking in Iran. Iran has a lot more in common with Britain than you might think.

The Independent, November 2015 - Kill Your Friends is less drama than documentary, says ex-music executive

The Independent, August 2015 - My first psychobilly gig: The Klub Foot, The Meteors, and a thousand DMs

The Independent, August 2015 - The Adventure Travel Film Festival: Hitching is as much an adventure as a cheap form of travel

The Guardian, August 2015 -Spiky, spicy, wild … arriba! Mexico’s Baja California is bliss for Lois Pryce

The Independent, June 2015 - Yvonne Stagg and the Wall of Death: The Queen of Dreamland

The Independent, April 2015 - Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

The Independent, March 2015 - Floating voters: How living on a houseboat meant I didn’t officially ‘exist’

Telegraph, February 2015 - Travel as a solo woman: 10 lessons for the intrepid

The Independent, January 2015 - Reese Witherspoon in ‘Wild': An all too rare story of a woman on a solo adventure

CNN, September 2014 - Is this the world’s most ‘British’ vacation?

The Independent, August 2014 - Adventure Travel Film Festival: Films we’ve screened are about as tough as it gets when it comes to pitting man against nature

CNN, July 2014 - What’s it like to motorcycle solo through Iran as a woman?

The Guardian, July 2013 - How two Iranian brothers created one of the world's first travel documentaries


  1. ^ a b "About : The Adventure Travel Film Festival". www.adventuretravelfilmfestival.com. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Lois on the Loose". www.randomhouse.co.uk. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Red Tape and White Knuckles: One Woman's Motorcycle Adventure through Africa". www.randomhouse.co.uk. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  4. ^ a b Lois Pryce - Revolutionary Ride - Hodder & Stoughton.
  5. ^ Marsh, Peter. "BBC - Music - Review of Radiophonic Workshop - BBC Radiophonic Music". Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  6. ^ "Motorcycle Adventure from Alaska to Argentina - Lois Pryce". Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  7. ^ "Octane Press | Full Throttle Books and Calendars". www.octanepress.com. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  8. ^ Stroud, Clover. "Travel books". Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  9. ^ "African Motorcycle Adventure from London to Cape Town - Lois Pryce". Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  10. ^ "Octane Press | Full Throttle Books and Calendars". www.octanepress.com. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  11. ^ Jennings, Charles Mcewen, Julia S. Mayersohn, Jim Koscs, Phil Patton, Joseph Siano, Dana; Betsky, Aaron (31 May 2013). "Adventuring on the Printed Page". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  12. ^ "Iran - Lois Pryce". Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  13. ^ "International Women's Day: 10 great female travellers". Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  14. ^ Pryce, By. "Travel as a solo woman: 10 lessons for the intrepid". Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  15. ^ Pryce, Lois (31 May 2013). "Excerpt: 'Red Tape and White Knuckles'". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  16. ^ Rushby, Kevin; Pryce, Lois. "How two Iranian brothers created one of the world's first travel documentaries". the Guardian. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  17. ^ a b "Contributors | Overland Journal". www.overlandjournal.com. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  18. ^ "What's it like to ride solo through Iran as a woman? - CNN.com". CNN. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  19. ^ "10/04/2015, Up All Night - BBC Radio 5 live". BBC. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  20. ^ "The Jolenes | Bluegrass from London, UK". ReverbNation. Retrieved 10 June 2015.