About the Author
Little is known about Drogno Llenski. A nom-de-plume? A witness to the events covered in the book? Maybe even a character in the book?
All we know is that a typewritten manuscript found its way to Splüngian publishers, but got no further than the official censor. It seems that only a few years after the events described, too many characters in both the Government and the Royal Family were involved for this to ever reach the greater public. And it was in those archives that it stayed for the next 90 years, stamped ‘absolutely not for public viewing’.
But then, in early 2018, a second typed manuscript was found by a Ms Rulalenska Svenska Llenska Abernerthy-Jones, while clearing out her Grandmother’s estate. We can speculate that her Grandmother was a friend of Llenski, who had typed out his original copy and then kept another safe. It went with her as the family had fled Splüngia. Then, like its sister-copy in the archives, it had been left forgotten.
About the Illustrator
Gordon Skillen is a writer and illustrator, based in Dorset. He was given the manuscript by Rulalenska in 2018.
“As someone with an interest in the history of Splüngia and the Greater Splüngian Empire, I was immediately struck by the story, and how it manages to tie up all the loose ends that the official histories don’t seem to cover. So much seemed to add together! The exact role the Badger mafia played. The involvement of political groups like the United Reformed People’s Unity Movement for Reform and the Movement for Greater Doggerland. Quite what cumquats in syrup had to do with everything. And the fact that all Crevice Nematode was trying to do was get a drive for his friend Jenatzy in a motor race."
“The book is Llenski’s manuscript, plus news cuttings and other archive material, official government files on those involved, old photographs and my own illustrations. It is an incredible privilege to finally bring this story to the public.”