“Prove to me you are the Acrobats of Agra & you will live”
India, 1857. Beatrice Spelling is walking a tightrope. Caught in the chaos of the Indian Rebellion, one false step and it’s the end for her, Ali Shah and Jacques the acrobat. If they’re to save Tonton, the circus tiger, and find Bea’s missing brother they must risk everything. Guided by Ali, they escape the besieged city of Agra and begin a dangerous journey across war-torn India that will test their friendship – and circus skills – to the limit.
Robin Scott-Elliot has been a sports journalist for 25 years with the BBC, ITV, the Sunday Times, the Independent and the ‘i’, covering every sport you can think of and a few you probably can’t. His most memorable moment was covering the Paralympics for The Independent, which he called ‘a life-affirming experience’.
He threw that all away to move home to Scotland and chase his dream of writing books instead of football reports. His fascination with Russian history and Peter the Great’s Circus of Curiosities was his inspiration for writing The Tzar’s Curious Runaways out October 17th.
He lives on the west coast with his wife, Karen, and two children, Iona and Torrin.