Patrick Lindsay


Patrick is one of Australia’s leading non-fiction authors, having written 20 best-selling books. He is also a documentary maker, broadcaster and public speaker. 

Since 2002, he has written the best-sellers: The Spirit of Kokoda, The Spirit of The Digger, Back from the Dead (on the Bali bombing), The Essence of Kokoda, The Spirit of Gallipoli, Heart of a Champion (the Greg Welch biography), Cosgrove, Portrait of a Leader (General Peter Cosgrove biography), Fromelles, Kokoda Spirit, Our Darkest Day, The Coast Watchers and True Blue, 150 Years of Service & Sacrifice, the history of the NSW Police Force. 

Patrick has also written five books in his It’s Never Too Late motivational series.  It’s Never Too Late, Now Is The Time, Be Happy, Make the Most of You and High Hopes have been published in Australia, UK, US, The Netherlands, Indonesia, Korea and France.

Before taking up writing full-time, Patrick was a newspaper reporter and, from 1981, a prominent television all-rounder on the Nine and Seven Networks, Foxtel’s Lifestyle Channel and Sky News. Since 1993 Patrick has been the principal of Limetree Studios, an independent production company, which created the format for the highly-acclaimed reality TV series 'In Their Footsteps', broadcast on the Nine Network in 2010. It also created the Kokoda App to bring the WWII campaign to the digital generation and is currently producing 'Kokoda … The Spirit Lives', a feature-length documentary commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Kokoda campaign of WWII.

Until June 2017 Patrick served for eleven years as chairman of the Kokoda Track Foundation, an Australian-based non-profit aid organisation working with the people of PNG to enhance their education, health, livelihoods and leadership. He was a founding director of the KTF and continues to serve as a KTF Ambassador.

In 2015, Patrick was named a Member of the Order of Australia for 'significant service to the media as a television presenter and journalist, to international relations, and to literature as an author'.

He lives in Sydney, is married to Lisa Cotton and has three grown-up children, Nathan, Kate and Sarah and two grandchildren, Lucas and Sophia.

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