Two young men with expectations. One predicted to succeed, the other to fail…
Prince Albert Victor, heir presumptive to the British throne, is seen as disastrously inadequate to be king. The grandson of Queen Victoria, he is good-hearted but intensely shy and, some whisper, even slow-witted.
By contrast, Jem Stephen is a renowned intellectual, a poet and a golden boy worshipped by all. But a looming curse of mental instability is threatening to take it all away.
Appointed as the prince’s personal tutor, Jem works to prepare him for the duty to come. A friendship grows between them – one that will allow them to understand and finally accept who they really are and change both of their lives forever.
Set mostly in London and Norfolk from the 1860s to the 1890s, Alan Robert Clark’s historical novel The Prince of Mirrors is, behind its splendid royal façade, a story about the sense of duty and selflessness of love. Blending historical facts with plausible imagination, it is a moving portrait of Britain’s lost king, the great-uncle of Queen Elizabeth II.
‘Clark writes with intelligence, warmth, bravery and wit about big subjects to do with how we choose to live our lives.’ SUE TOWNSEND
Publication date: 7 June 2018