Nick Spill has just republished a witty illustrated travel essay on Amazon Kindle.Returning to deliver an artist’s talk at the Auckland Art Gallery, he meditates on his train journey through the South Island on the TranzAlpine and covers everything from the Cambridge Five, Nicolas Poussin, Peter Wells, James Bond, Yukio Mishima, Geoff Dyer, Terry Reid, Patti Smith and Dashiell Hammett, not to mention the murder of Simon Buis, Chekhov’s and Nick Spill’s gun and many famous Kiwi artists, including Rita Angus, Andrew Drummond, Claire Fergusson, Ralph Hotere, Colin McCahon, Raymond McIntyre, and Cliff Whiting. He includes new photographs from his original artwork and his journey through New Zealand.
The Jaded Spy just reviewed in New Zealand's premier (and now defunct) magazine North & South. The last book review there. Hope someone buys the magazine and all the other former properties and works out how to monetize digital information. So many other entrepreneurs have worked it out (excluding most of the largest newspapers and media companies.)
Been selected for the long (read very long) list of entrants to the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Novel 2020. There is a long list of very talented writers. Somewhere in this image is my insane kiwi spy novel.
Not sure how this works with the whole of NZ on lockdown, but I know kiwis read a lot and have access to the internet. So someone is reading the Jaded Spy.