A Biography that focuses on Bernard Freyberg the man to reveal the reality behind a towering 20th-century hero. 

For much of the 20th century Bernard Freyberg was a household name: a swimming champion, an action-hero, military commander and Governor-General —a physically imposing figure known to most Kiwis as ‘Tiny’, following his childhood nickname.

Freyberg receiving support as he attempts to swim the English Channel


In this fresh account of one of the 20th-century’s great New Zealanders, author and historian Matthew Wright approaches Bernard Freyberg the man rather than the more widely known figure of a military leader, tracking his personal journey from lower middle-class Wellington to his death in London as Lieutenant General The Right Hon. Lord Freyberg.

Read more about Freyberg: A Life’s Journey on our Blog.