I’ve lost count of the number of copies of Freyberg: A Life’s Journey I’ve signed in the past six weeks. Really.
I’ve been out and about promoting the book, visiting bookshops, giving talks, meeting people – and signing. Mostly on weekends because that’s when customers usually buy. My publicist at Oratia, Belinda, worked hard to get it all set up: it’s a competitive field out there. And it’s been quite a ride. A lot of people, it turns out, had heard the name Freyberg – I mean, it’s hard to miss around New Zealand. Very few knew who the man behind it was. Now they do.
Over that time I’ve visited bookshops, signed books – including one on request to someone who asked while I was visiting one shop incognito. I’ve talked to a lot of people about Freyberg, many of whose fathers served with him – or knew him. I’ve given talks, including one memorable event in Featherston – New Zealand’s ‘booktown’, with seven bookshops in its main street – which ended with a very pleasant afternoon tea chat.
I also featured on Bryan Crump’s evening show on Radio New Zealand – the interview’s here if you missed it.
Where next? Christmas isn’t far off – of course this is a great present for anybody interested in people! We’re talking about someone whose life happened to match the mythic ‘hero journey’ of grand fantasy – for real. We’re talking about someone compared to Peter Pan ‘grown up’, by Peter Pan’s own creator James Barrie. Someone who wooed Cynthia Asquith in wartime London, who was best friends with Winston Churchill – and a hero for a generation of New Zealanders in the mid-twentieth century.
Want to know more about this remarkable man? Of course you do. Check out Freyberg: a life’s journey – click to buy from the publisher, or at any good bookshop.
Copyright © Matthew Wright 2020