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the Autograph Seeker
An Epic 'Coming-of- Age' Romance Novel by
Tony V francis
During the British rule in India, fate throws together a diverse cast onto the stage of the San Souci Theatre – the Kohinoor of Bengal theatre, Esther Leach; James Barry, the theatre manager facing bankruptcy, Alice Anderson , the enchanting Englishwoman estranged from her husband; and Baboo Bustomchurn Addy, the dark Bengali actor infatuated with Alice Anderson and ready to kill for her.
Yet, history has forgotten this cast with the demise of the San Souci Theatre until discovered by Tony, a schoolboy in Calcutta, who is desperate to tell their story... of an actress who accidentally burnt right in front of a shell-shocked audience. Of a dangerous liaison between a married Englishwoman and a native Bengali actor. And a secret that has been hidden for the last 150 years! It was the end of innocence and the dawn of a glorious institution.
To help Tony in this endeavour is an effervescent Anglo-Indian beauty, Vinny, who’s mute.
Peppered with autographs and amusing anecdotes, The Autograph Seeker chronicles the India of the 80s and 90s through Tony’s hilarious narrative, as he and his motley gang of friends unearth the story behind the steep climb and resounding fall of what used to be the greatest theatre in the country.
What happens when a boy who talks a lot meets a girl who cannot talk? Their love tells the story in this epic coming-of-age novel.