Hedley Thomas: The Teacher’s Pet

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Tuesday 16 July 2024

6:30 pm

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The Teacher’s Pet is a true-crime podcast by Hedley Thomas, The Australian newspaper's award-winning national chief correspondent. The podcast has had more than 52 million downloads worldwide and Hedley’s book of the same name now brings us behind the scenes of this incredible true story.

Lynette Simms disappeared from Sydney's idyllic northern beaches in 1982 and was never seen again. Lyn was a caring nurse, loving mother and devoted wife. Her husband Chris Dawson was a rugby league star, a popular teacher and exceptionally close to his identical twin brother, Paul. But this facade of domestic bliss shattered as Chris became infatuated with the family's babysitter – his 16-year-old student – a girl he moved into Lyn's home and bed just two days after her disappearance.

Hedley will be in conversation with crime novelist Catherine Ryan Howard

Admission: €16

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If you thought you knew the story of The Teacher’s Pet, get ready to be shocked. Investigative journalist Hedley Thomas takes you behind the scenes with a blow-by-blow account of one of the most intriguing and enduring murder mysteries of our time – the crime, the podcast investigation, the sexual exploitation of teenage students, the courtroom drama – and how justice was finally delivered.


Thirty-six years after Lyn’s disappearance, investigative journalist Hedley Thomas revisited the story in a record-breaking podcast series that captured the unconditional support of Lyn’s friends, colleagues, neighbours and family, and an international audience. With fresh leads and old evidence resulting in a public groundswell for authorities to take action, Chris was arrested in late 2018 and after a dramatic trial was found guilty of murder in August 2022.


‘A monumental work. A burrowing, twisting, spine-tingling, genre-defining tribute to the power – and the cost – of asking questions. If you think you know this story, think again. True crime storytelling as we now know it begins with The Teacher’s Pet.’ Trent Dalton


‘A masterclass in investigative journalism.’ Leigh Sales


Hedley Thomas

Hedley Thomas is The Australian newspaper's national chief correspondent, specialising in investigative reporting with an interest in legal issues, the judiciary, corruption and politics. He has won eight Walkley awards...

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Catherine Ryan Howard

Catherine Ryan Howard is the award-winning author of seven thrillers including The Trap, a no. 1 bestseller and a Sunday Times Thriller of the Year. Her work has been shortlisted for the...

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