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.
Describe Mr Wainwright's desk...
A plain wooden bench, about four feet by two with one drawer. I believe the desk originally came from HMS Lodestar, on which he served in the Atlantic and Arctic. On the desk was notepaper and an Underwood No.1 typewriter.
The desk was in Wainwright’s attic studio. It was at the top of a rather crowded house full of lodgers, and it seemed to be the only room in the place that was his. With not even a bed, it was clear he did not live there, and as I got to know him more I discovered it was only a place he would visit while he was in London. To this day though, I still don’t know where it was he retired to when out of the city, and have only the vaguest knowledge of his family.
The studio was small, with bookshelves stacked as high as the slanting ceiling would allow, a roaring fire, two cosy armchairs and a writing desk by the window.
Where did Mr Wainwright grow up, and how did this influence his writing?
Sidney Wainwright's place of birth is unknown. What I do know is that the dark tales of folklore and local legend that he grew up with left a deep and lasting impression on him.
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