Author(s): Peter Cochrane
The simple tale of Simpson and his donkey is the pre-eminent legend of heroism. It is the story of a humble water-carrier, a rescuer of wounded men, a tale of compassion, stoic persistence, with a tragic end. His tale is an integral part of the Anzac story. Across time, a simple tale can acquire a complicated history. This is what happened to the man with the donkey and is the subject of this book, Simpson's 'afterlife', the legend.
Peter Cochrane's most recent work is the novella Governor Bligh and the Short Man (Penguin, 2012). His 2006 book Colonial Ambition, published by Melbourne University Press, won the Prime Minister's Prize for Australian History and The Age Book of the Year Award in 2007. Simpson and the Donkey won the Fellowship of Australian Writers' Award for non-fiction in 1993.