The Snake Charmer's Tale

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19th Century

Vincent Gilvarry

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A snake charmer adopts a boy who was shipwrecked off the coast of Ceylon in 1884. Roshan's memories of his past life gradually rise to the surface, and in time, it affects not only his life, but the lives of those he loves the most.



Short Summary

Govinda the snake charmer has an intriguing story, trained as he was by a man he refers to as his Master. He has no reason to suspect that the boy he rescued from a shipwreck is anyone of importance, and he doesn't find out, not until the day that Roshan marries his beautiful daughter, Kashmira.

One tragedy after another befalls Roshan. His only son is abducted by pirates. Kashmira, the love of his life dies a few years later in a house fire, and Roshan is devastated. Before he passes on, he devises an elaborate plan to ensure that Kashmira's legacy will never be forgotten.


The mystical land of 19th century Ceylon.

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Other,Rags to Riches

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Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Roshan...aka Juan Phillipe Delgado

Age: 10 - 60

Gender: Male

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Adventurous,Faithful,Honorable,Selfless,Skillful,Romantic

Additional Character Details

Name: Kashmira

Age: 10- 50

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Charming,Confident,Empathetic,Faithful,Selfless,Skillful,Romantic,Gracious

Additional Character Details

Name: Govinda

Age: 6 - 60

Gender: Male

Role: mentor

Key Traits: Faithful,Honorable

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Development Pitch

The appeal of this story is that it has an undercurrent of the mysterious, and the age old art of snake charming is a pivotal element. It would appeal to an audience because it is set in an exotic land in an exotic time with equally exotic characters. It would make an excellent movie primarily because it takes the audience on a journey with people they have never encountered before in a place they know little or nothing about. The main claim to fame of The Snake Charmer’s Tale is that it is a non-violent feelgood story and, there is not a sociopath or psychopath in sight.

About The Author

Vincent Gilvarry is an Australian writer and artist from tropical north Queensland. He is the author of seven books, two of which were selected as a finalist in the 2019 and the 2020 Book Excellence Awards. The Snake Charmer's Tale is part one of a trilogy called Kashmira: The Snake Charmer's Wife.

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54,18-34,55+

Target Gender: Universal

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher


Year Published: 2019

Hard Copy Available