Simon Kleinig’s lifelong passion for the wilderness regions of Tasmania led him to write articles for Wild magazine and several other publications. He considers himself a “history enthusiast”, rather than a historian, and loves delving into the human side of history. His first book, Jack Thwaites: Pioneer Tasmanian Bushwalker and Conservationist was short listed for the Tasmanian Book Prize. A second book, Rambles In Western Tasmania, is a collection of early twentieth century newspaper articles written by Charles Whitham and edited by Simon.
Review of Frenchmans Cap: Story of a Mountain:
“In this book, Simon Kleinig chronicles the public rapture with Frenchmans Cap since the convicts in Macquarie Harbour’s infamous prison named it in the early 1820s. That rapture lights up the record of remarkable and, at times, terrifying efforts by adventurers and nature lovers to reach the Cap, then climb it, then make it more easily accessible for others. For everyone, Simon Kleinig’s Frenchmans Cap brings new life to both the heights of exploration and depths of despair, which have occasioned the history of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area’s grand central peak. His book is a valuable extra for the pack of modern day adventurers heading off along the track to Frenchmans Cap which Kleinig rightly describes as ‘one of the world’s great wilderness walks’.”
Bob Brown, former leader of the Australian Greens political party
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