AustLit logo
Lindsay Simpson Lindsay Simpson i(A11417 works by) (a.k.a. Lindsay Jane Simpson)
Born: Established: 1957
United Kingdom (UK),
Western Europe, Europe,
Gender: Female
Arrived in Australia: 1974
The material on this page is available to AustLit subscribers. If you are a subscriber or are from a subscribing organisation, please log in to gain full access. To explore options for subscribing to this unique teaching, research, and publishing resource for Australian culture and storytelling, please contact us or find out more.


Simpson spent twelve years as an investigative journalist for the Sydney Morning Herald before joining the staff of the Journalism and Media Studies department at the University of Tasmania.

A writer across genres, Simpson has published several works of non-fiction including Brothers in Arms (1989, reprinted 2001), The Killer Next Door (1994), My Husband My Killer (1992, reprinted 2001), all with Sandra Harvey; More than One (1994) with Andiee Paviour; The Australian Geographic Book of Tasmania (1997) and To Have and to Hold (1997) with Walter Mikac. Her first novel, with a working title 'An Evolutionary Tale' was completed in 2004; it deals with Darwinian themes and looks at life in Van Diemen's land in the years 1830-1850 through the eyes of three different characters - a Commandant, a storekeeper and a Governor's wife.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Adani, Following Its Dirty Footsteps : A Personal Story Geelong North : Spinifex Press , 2018 14756333 2018 single work autobiography

'From fishing villages on the Gujarat coastline to Adani's power plant in Mundra and the company's headquarters in Ahmedabad, Lindsay Simpson’s personal story tracks how the Adani Group managed to woo Australian governments into approving Australia’s largest coal mine in the Galilee Basin and port expansion in a zone of great ecological sensitivity.

'Why would an Australian Prime Minister, a State Premier and a handful of regional mayors back such a project, risking the future of the Great Barrier Reef and threatening Australia’s vast precious source of underground water – the Great Artesian Basin? And what of the consequences for greenhouse gas emissions if other proposed mines in the Galilee Basin go ahead?

'Why is there a single-minded pursuit of the mining of coal when we are running out of time to do something useful about climate change? As a tourism operator in the Whitsundays Lindsay Simpson, investigative journalist, former academic and author, is determined to expose the contribution of coal mines to global warming, which is threatening the world’s largest living organism – the Great Barrier Reef – with extinction.

'With other activists, she travels from Adani's Indian headquarters in Gujarat to Parliament House in Canberra to lobby politicians, demand answers and question motivations. She also documents the power of the social movement, Stop Adani, which has captured the public imagination.

'In an astute analysis of this ongoing environmental battle, the biggest since the Franklin Dam in the 1980s, Lindsay Simpson argues that while Adani might have gained the backing of politicians, it has not won over the Australian people. (Publication summary)

2019 winner Queensland Literary Awards The Courier-Mail People's Choice Queensland Book of the Year
y separately published work icon The Curer of Souls Milsons Point : Vintage Australia , 2006 Z1304148 2006 single work novel historical fiction In London in 1865 Lydia Frankland finds a love letter written twenty years earlier by her late stepmother, Jane, to a natural historian at Port Arthur, Louis Lempriere. In the letter Jane confesses she is in love with Louis. Lydia is horrified at her stepmother's apparent infidelity, and begins to read Jane's diaries. In them she finds more details about the time the family spent in Van Diemen's Land all those years ago, when Lydia's father, Sir John, was governor there. She reads an account of a macabre murder involving two convict boys; of horrible experiments conducted on prisoners held on the island; and of Jane's obsession with Darwin's theories of evolution. Lydia realises there are secrets in her family's past, and she sails to Van Diemen's Land - now Tasmania - to unravel these mysteries. There she finds out more about her stepmother's friendship with Lempriere, and is forced to confront the fact that her father, whom she had believed a hero, upheld a sadistic regime in the penal colony. She is also transported back to a world where Charles Darwin's theories were emerging and threatening to take over long-held religious beliefs. In this historical novel, Simpson intertwines real historical events and figures with her own fictions, to 'map the silences' that traditional history leaves untouched. She masterfully weaves the reality of the darkness of Van Diemen's Land with brilliantly realised imaginings of the past on this remote island at the end of the earth. (Publisher's blurb)
2006 shortlisted Colin Roderick Award
Last amended 1 Nov 2007 17:07:38
Other mentions of "" in AustLit: