- The Unknowable Author, By Archibald Jerome -
While I could tell you the flavour of Mr Wainwright’s pipe tobacco there is little I really know about him. I can’t tell you the names of parents, where he was born, the date, or even which year.
In 1959, after setting out on an expedition to New Guinea, Wainwright disappeared when his ship, the Aurora, vanished in the Atlantic Ocean. To add intrigue to the unfortunate events, the only copy of this manuscript at the time was lost in a mysterious fire at the premises of his publisher.
I tried many times after I lost my friend to search for his origins, for his home and family. To my amazement, all my inquiries were without success. It was as if my friend and client, who I had known in flesh and blood for years had never existed. But that is another story…
Sidney Wainwright is a pseudonym.