Stag Spooner, Wild Man From the Bush is a work of pure adulation. Neville Spooner was both deer culler and amateur artist. He had a small local reputation when he was a soldier in the Second World War and drew copious decorated envelopes for friends and family — mainly topical cartoons and humorous representations of the Kiwi soldiers’ experiences. After the war he returned to deer culling. He died of pneumonia and exposure in the Fiordland bush in 1946, at the age of 28
NICHOLAS REID is an Auckland-based historian, poet and reviewer. He blogs about books online at Reid’s Reader.