Pub Date 07 Jun 2018
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Two young men with expectations. One predicted to succeed, the other to fail.
Prince Albert Victor is heir presumptive to the British throne at its late Victorian zenith. Handsome and good-hearted, he is regarded as disastrously inadequate to be the king. By contrast, Jem Stephen is a golden boy worshipped by all - a renowned intellectual and the Keeper and outstanding player of the famous Eton Wall Game. He is appointed as Prince Albert’s tutor at Cambridge - the relationship that will change both of their lives.
Set mostly in London and Norfolk from the 1860s to the 1890s, The Prince Of Mirrors is, behind its splendid royal façade, a story about the sense of duty and selflessness of love, that have a power to show someone who they really are. 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, author of 'The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾'
'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
'A gilded cast of characters parades through this sumptuous tale. A clever mixture of history, psychology and sex.' - Alastair Stewart OBE, ITN anchor
'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, writer, broadcaster and former MP
'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, author of 'Fanny & Stella', shortlisted for the 2013 Green Carnation Prize