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The Prince of Mirrors

by Alan Robert Clark

Historical Fiction

LoveReading View on The Prince of Mirrors

A fascinating, wonderfully readable fiction and fact merging story based on the life of Prince Albert Victor, Queen Victoria’s grandson and future heir to the throne. Prince Albert Victor, known as Eddy, was said to be involved in one particular scandal of his time. His name has also since been mentioned as a candidate for Jack the Ripper, and though widely dismissed, it proves speculation about Prince Albert Victor ran rife. This story focuses on Eddy and his personal tutor Jem Stephen as they took their first steps into adulthood. Alan Robert Clark brings the two men into vivid, relatable life, he handles emotions and actions with great compassion and understanding. As I read, the writing flowed so beautifully I had no idea where fact finished and fiction began. This book left my heart full of emotion, it also left me determined to step into the history books and find out more. ‘The Prince of Mirrors’ is an eye-opening, compelling, and rather intruiging read - and so highly recommended by me. 

Liz Robinson

The Prince of Mirrors Synopsis


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.

The Prince of Mirrors Press Reviews

`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, Attitude magazine

`This novel blends historical facts with a splash of imagination to create a magical portrait of the Queen's great-uncle.' - Hello magazine

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Publication date: 20/06/2019
Publisher: Fairlight Books
Format: Paperback

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Book Information

ISBN: 9781912054121
Publication date: 20th June 2019
Author: Alan Robert Clark
Publisher: Fairlight Books
Format: Paperback
Genres: Historical Fiction,
Categories: Historical fiction, Historical romance, Biography: royalty,

About Alan Robert Clark

Alan Robert Clark was born and educated in Scotland. He briefly attended King's College in London, before starting his career as a copywriter and creative director with a number of leading London advertising agencies. He has worked as a freelance journalist and has ghostwritten and co-authored a number of biographies. His previous novel, Rory's Boys, was published in 2011 and widely praised.

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