Freyberg: A Life’s Journey

Book Author Matthew Wright
Rights Available World excl. NZ, Australia

Bernard Freyberg was a legend while alive and is an iconic figure today, commemorated in the naming of schools, squares and swimming pools across New Zealand.

But how much do we really know of the man behind the myth? And what enabled a humble immigrant child in Wellington to become a hero in two wars, friend to literary giants and politicians, very private father and husband, and very public governor-general?

In this fresh account, Matthew Wright approaches Bernard Freyberg the man rather than the more widely known figure of a military leader, tracing his life in New Zealand, the UK and beyond.

Freyberg: A Life’s Journey is the most accessible biography on ‘Tiny’ Freyberg yet, with numerous black and white photos.

About the Author
Matthew Wright
is one of New Zealand’s most published historians and writers. His work includes more than 600 articles, papers and reviews, and over 60 books on topics from biography to military and social history. His other Oratia books are The New Zealand Wars and The New Zealand Experience at Gallipoli and the Western Front.


Oratia Books


234 x 153mm, b&w

Paperback with flaps

Non Fiction


Publication Date
October 2020

Rights Available:
World excl. NZ, Australia

Rights Agents:


Peter Dowling, Oratia Books

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Wright’s exploration of Freyberg’s personal life and how it shaped him has been well overdue.

Lemuel Lyes, History Geek