Books

Reluctant Q

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RELUCTANT Q 

The quartermaster’s tale of survival in the Burma Jungle in WWII.

George Spill was a 30-year-old conscript from London when he was sent to India in 1940. He was out of shape, had never fired a gun in his life and left behind his pregnant wife and son.

He rose up the ranks to become the Battery Quartermaster Sergeant for the only medium field artillery unit in Burma. For months he was the highest ranking NCO in the malaria infested jungles of Burma where they were dug in, surrounded by Japanese forces intent on killing them.

As part of the Forgotten 14th Army, in the Royal Artillery, George, nicknamed “Q” managed to supply his troops with food, medical supplies, rum and ammunition. At times they were cut off from all help and relied on supplies dropped without parachutes from low flying aircraft.

He had many adventures and close encounters with death in Burma. A quartermaster, he inspected the local Army brothel, beat Merrill’s Marauders in a game of water polo, liberated a fleet of American trucks and fought off wave after wave of suicide charges from desperate Japanese in some of the largest and bloodiest battles of World War II.

As one of the few to survive in such extreme conditions, this is George’s uncensored story told from the perspective of a reluctant war hero with a sense of humor and awareness of the horrors he and his mates endured.

Reluctant Q is available in paperback and as an e-book on Amazon.

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The Way of the Bodyguard

How to be a bodyguard – knowledge not gossip

It is the oldest and most dangerous profession, with great rewards and the ultimate risk, death.

Nick Spill takes us on an action-packed and at times hilarious journey inside the world of bodyguards where he protects the famous, the infamous and the anonymous.

Written for those who are curious about what bodyguards do, as well as protection professionals present and future, The Way of the Bodyguard reveals the skills and techniques to be a consummate bodyguard while Nick Spill recounts his experiences that soar from the mundane to the volatile and violent.

More than a manual or a textbook, the book explores in human terms what it takes to be a successful protector in a dangerous world.

The Way of the Bodyguard explores how to be a bodyguard and protect your client and the mental and physical skills Nick Spill describes so deftly, translate to all professions. He provides strategies for success for everyone, whether they want to become an excellent bodyguard or live their life to the fullest.

If you are curious about what it is like to be a bodyguard, want to become one or seek to escape into a world of unknown threats and logistical challenges, there is much to learn from the entertaining stories in The Way of the Bodyguard.

The Way of the Bodyguard is available as an e-book and paperback.

Short Stories

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Dolphin Kicks and Cactus Pricks

Dolphin Kicks and Cactus Pricks is the story of how I traveled with a group of Californian psychics to swim with dolphins in the Sea of Cortez. Nothing happened as planned. The psychics turn psychotic and were arrested. I barely managed to escape Mexico taking with me the wife of a Navy SEAL, a Greenpeace activist and a hippie left over from Haight-Ashbury. This is the sick story of our adventure with crazy Americans south of the border when all we wanted to do was swim with dolphins.

The short story together with a bonus excerpt from The Way of the Bodyguard is available here on Amazon.

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The Palace in TriBeCa

The Palace in TriBeCa is a chronicle of the last years of Gary Schreibman, a larger than life Art impresario, artist and attorney, who inspired the pioneer days of TriBeCa in the early 1980’s.

A cross between Marcel Proust and Freddie Mercury, Gary was completely outside my ordinary frame of reference. He died young from what was then an unnamed epidemic. His story became “The Palace in TriBeCa”.

His story is available on Amazon as a short story. Gary Schreibman would love the price, I can hear him say:

“Look! I’m worth 99 cents! Not even a whole dollar! Its fabulous! It’s so TriBeCa!”

Compilations

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Suzette  Oil Painting by Raymond McIntyre, oil on wood panel. 432 x 337 mm. Circa 1914. From “The Art of the Heist”, used by permission from the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu.

Intervention: Post Object and Performance Art in New Zealand in 1970 and beyond.  Robert MacDougal Art Gallery, 2000.

Nick Spill wrote the essay “The Art of the Heist”.

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Grumpy Old Men 2 – compiled by Paul Little, for Paul Little Books. 2014.

Nick Spill contributed an essay “Against time”.