Author(s): Kenneth Sandford
New Zealand's greatest war hero, Charles Upham, was one of the few people in history to have won the Victoria Cross twice.
In consultation with Upham, and with those who knew him, Kenneth Sandford has crafted a fine testament to his legenday exploits, his acumen as a soldier, and the classically understated Kiwi mannerisms that have for ever endeared him to all New Zealanders.
In 1957 Kenneth Sandford persuaded a reluctant Charles Upham to allow his unique and heroic story to be told.
Sandford, the author of two novels and a lawyer and father of three, took five years from 1957-1962 to complete the highly successful book which has been reprinted several times. First published 2003.
A part-time author, Kenneth Sandford was Crown Prosecutor in Hamilton for 22 years before moving to Wellington to become the first Chairman of the Accident Compensation Corporation in 1973, which established New Zealand's unique form of no-fault accident insurance. In 1981 he returned to the Law and was awarded the Companion of the Order fo St Michael and St George for public service. Kenneth died in 2005 aged 91.