David Hastings began working in journalism as a copy boy on the Melbourne Sun in 1970 and ended in 2013 as editor of the Weekend Herald. Hastings has an MA in history from the University of Auckland. He is the author of Over the Mountains of the Sea: Life on the Migrant Ships, 1870-1885 (AUP 2006), Extra! Extra! How the People Made the News (AUP 2013) and The Many Deaths of Mary Dobie: Murder, Politics and Revenge in Nineteenth-Century New Zealand (AUP 2015).
`David Hastings tells a powerful story of how the war did not end for a young New Zealander. His tenacity in researching it is matched only by his empathy in recounting it.' -- Peter Stanley, the University of New South Wales Canberra