England, 1926. Lady Isobel Farrar, an ageing widow with a colourful past, has returned home after years of living abroad. As she moves back into Halcyon Hill, her beloved country house, she finds herself dwelling on a long-buried secret. In the wake of a terrible tragedy when she was young, Isobel gave up a child for adoption, and now she can’t help but wonder what became of him.
Life has not been kind to Frank Brodie. Cruelly mistreated by his adoptive parents, he spent his young adulthood struggling to survive on the harsh streets of London, before the Great War took him away to the trenches. Now he has found safety with Arthur, an older man who loves and protects him. But something is still missing from Frank’s life.
When mother and son are finally reunited, will they be able to lay the past to rest?
‘A beautiful tale of love, and family – a magnificent read by a truly fine storyteller’ — Ami Rao, author of David and Ameena and Boundary Road
‘An absorbing read from start to finish. Well plotted and beautifully narrated. Heartwarming.‘ — Melanie Levensohn, author of A Jewish Girl in Paris
‘Beautifully composed … clever and original‘ — On: Yorkshire Mag
‘The quintessentially English story, whose delicate petals unfold at a deliberate and controlled pace, gripped me from the beginning.‘ — Historical Novel Society
‘I read this novel with much pleasure. A good, sad story, atmospheric and vividly imagined, it brings to life a woman who had otherwise seemed frozen in history; its theme of royal duty still all too relevant. Highly enjoyable.’ — Margaret Drabble
‘Clark takes an iconic and forbidding figure and transforms her into a passionate, loving and damaged woman. It’s a very moving tale he tells.’ — Simon Russell Beale
‘Clark has breathed life into a remarkable woman whose soul is allowed to sip at love before it is all too rapidly snatched from her. This is a heart-breaking tale and no mistake. A beautiful and lyrical tale told with deft brilliance.’ — John Sessions
‘Clark succeeds in bringing Queen Mary vividly to life: the passion and intelligence she was forced to keep out of sight, along with the melancholy of her secret regrets. Valhalla is a beautifully crafted novel that will stay with you long after you’ve finished reading it.’ — Elizabeth Mac Donald
‘Clark writes with intelligence, warmth, bravery and wit about big subjects to do with how we choose to live our lives.’ – Sue Townsend
‘Deftly weaving historical fact with plausible fiction, Alan Robert Clark masterfully conjures up the burning passions and beautiful melancholies of Prince Eddy’s short and strange life. Compelling and convincing, elegant and assured, The Prince Of Mirrors is that rarest and most elusive of things: a joy to read.’ – Neil McKenna, the author of Fanny & Stella, shortlisted for the 2013 Green Carnation Prize
‘A gilded cast of characters parades through this sumptuous tale. A clever mixture of history, psychology and sex.’ – Alastair Stewart OBE, ITN anchor
‘In sculpted, luscious prose Clark tenderly imagines the secret longing of a fated prince and the man who ruled his heart‘ – Uli Lenart
‘Touching and compelling – a beautifully written re-imagining of the story of Prince Eddy, perhaps Britain’s most mysterious and intriguing ‘lost’ king.’ – Gyles Brandreth, author and TV personality