Patrick began working fulltime as an author in 2001, after a long career as a journalist and television presenter. He's established himself as one of Australia’s leading non-fiction authors, broadcasters and public speakers.
In 2002 he published The Spirit of Kokoda (Hardie Grant), the story of the battles which saved Australia in WWII. It stayed on the national best-seller list for nine weeks. Patrick followed it with It’s Never Too Late (Hardie Grant), a best-selling motivational book which has now expanded into a five-book series.
Patrick’s third book, The Spirit of The Digger (Macmillan), the essence of the Australian soldier told through the words and actions of the Diggers themselves, was launched in 2003, ended the year as Australia’s top-selling history book, and continues to sell strongly.
His fourth book, Back from the Dead (Random House), the story of the 2002 Bali bombings told through the eyes of Peter Hughes, the face of the tragedy, was published in late 2003. It stayed on the best-seller list for eight weeks.
Happiness and The Essence of Kokoda, a concise guide to the Kokoda story, (Hardie Grant Books) were released in 2005.
The Spirit of Gallipoli and Balance, It’s Never Too Late (both Hardie Grant) hit the shops in April 2006.
Next Patrick wrote biographies of former triathlon champion Greg Welch Heart of a Champion … the Greg Welch Story (Murdoch Books) and former Chief of Defence Force, General Peter Cosgrove, Cosgrove … Portrait of a Leader (Random House). The latter reached Number Four on the Best-Sellers List.
Patrick's best-selling book, Fromelles, (Hardie Grant) the story of the quest to find the missing Diggers from the WWI battle fought at the tiny French village in 1916, was published in November 2007.
An updated and expanded paperback edition hit the shelves in the first week of November 2008. The new edition brought the story full circle, covering the recent archaeological dig at Pheasant Wood which confirmed, at last, the final resting place of up to 400 missing Diggers and Tommies buried by the Germans after the battle. These men were exhumed in the French summer of 2009 and were given a long-awaited individual re-burial in July 2010 in a newly-constructed cemetery near the village of Fromelles.
(An abridged and updated version of the work, titled, Our Darkest Day, was published by Hardie Grant Books in August 2011.)
In March 2009, Patrick published Now Is The Time, in his inspirational series. Now Is The Time is a collection of reminders that within us lies power to change our lives - for the simpler and for the better - by embracing the moment and seizing the day. Now Is The Time was published simultaneously in Australia and the U.S.
Patrick has now written six books in his inspirational series: It's Never Too Late, Now Is The Time, Be Happy, Make the Most of You, High Hopes and his latest, Finding Beauty, which hit the stores in September 2014. Make the Most of You (2013), High Hopes (2014) and Finding Beauty (2018) were published by Lime Tree Books and distributed by BrumbySunstate.
In November 2009, Patrick published Kokoda Spirit, a hardcover, lavishly-illustrated book exploring the spirit on which the Diggers of Kokoda drew to ultimately prevail against prodigious odds. It aims to bring the spirit to life in words and images.
Patrick's The Coastwatchers, covering the story of the remarkable band of men and women who reported on the Japanese operations, many from behind enemy lines, during WWII, was published by Random House in November 2010. Patrick's updated and expanded The Spirit of The Digger, published by Harper Collins, hit bookstores in October 2011.
Patrick devised the format for the highly-successful documentary TV series, In Their Footsteps, produced by Shine Australia. The first series was broadcast on the Nine Network from May 2011. It was an outstanding ratings success, averaging more than 950,000 viewers an episode (and topping the million mark) at 6.30pm on Sunday nights.
Patrick wrote, True Blue ... 150 Years of Service & Sacrifice, a celebration of the 150th anniversary of the official formation of the NSW Police Force, which was launched by the NSW Minister for Police, The Hon Michael Gallacher, and the Commissioner on 27 September 2012.
Prior to writing full time, Patrick spent 20 years in network television as a reporter, presenter, producer and writer.
During that time he had leading roles on the Nine Network's Today, Sunday, Wide World of Sports, Sports Sunday, Australia's Funniest Home Video Show, Street Stories and A Current Affair Summer Edition; Foxtel’s Lifestyle Channel; and Seven’s Today Tonight, The Games and Sportsworld.
He was one of the presenters of Nine’s No 1 rating info-tainment program Sex, then, for four seasons, he was a presenter of another No 1 program, Money, again on Nine.
Patrick was a reporter for the Seven Network’s Sydney 2000 Olympic Games coverage and also produced Seven’s Olympic TVC vignettes in the lead-up to and during the broadcast of the Games.
He has also reported, written and presented documentaries and feature series in Los Angeles, New York, Hawaii, France, Japan, Thailand, New Zealand, London, Romania and Papua New Guinea. He wrote and directed the acclaimed documentaries, Kokoda … the Bloody Track in 1992 and Kokoda … The Last Parade in 1999.
His latest documentary, the acclaimed feature-length film KOKODA, THE SPIRIT LIVES - the third in his Kokoda Trilogy - premiered in early 2018 on National Geographic Channel and continues to be regularly scheduled by Nat Geo. It will be broadcast on free-to-air TV on the Nine Network in 2019.
Before entering television, Patrick was a prominent print journalist with The Australian Newspaper and part-time author (he co-authored Futures Stock and Financial Survival For Australians in 1980-81).
Patrick is a founding director and was Chairman of the Kokoda Track Foundation Ltd from 2006 to 2017 (see www.ktf.ngo), an Australian philanthropic organisation that aims to repay the selfless help given to Australia during World War II by the beloved Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels of Papua New Guinea by helping to improve the lives and futures of their descendants. He now serves as an Ambassador to the KTF.
On June 8 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'.
Patrick and his wife Lisa Cotton live in Sydney. He has three grown-up children, Nathan, Kate and Sarah and a grandson, Lucas and a granddaughter, Sophia.