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My new novel Valhalla

My new novel Valhalla is about the fascinating early life of the girl who went on to become the formidable Queen Mary, consort of King George V and grandmother of our present monarch. It is written under my pen name of Alan Robert Clark.

Valhalla will be published in hardback by Fairlight Books later in 2020. All enquiries to Bradley Thomas (email: Bradley@fairlightbooks.com)

Advance praise for Valhalla

‘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, living and damaged woman. It’s a very moving tale he tells.’
SIMON RUSSELL BEALE
‘This is a heart-breaker and no mistake. Mary will never be a formidable old battle-axe for me again. Clark has breathed life and soul into a remarkable woman whose soul is allowed to sip at love before it is all too rapidly snatched from her. A beautiful and lyrical tale, told with deft brilliance.’
JOHN SESSIONS
‘Written with Jamesian deftness, this is a beautifully crafted novel that succeeds in bringing Queen Mary vividly to life.’
ELIZABETH MACDONALD, AUTHOR
The Prince of Mirrors

My most recent book was The Prince Of Mirrors, published in hardback and paperback in 2018 by Fairlight Books, an exciting new independent publisher of literary fiction. It was listed as a ‘recommended’ title by the Academy of The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction.

The novel is the story of Prince Eddy, Duke of Clarence and his intense friendship with his Cambridge tutor; a powerful tale of two young men with expectations; one expected to succeed, the other to fail. Set in the late Victorian era, The Prince Of Mirrors blends historical fact with plausible fiction to create a moving portrait of a fascinating ‘king who never was’, the great-uncle of Queen Elizabeth II.

Praise for The Prince Of Mirrors

‘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’
‘A gilded cast of characters parades through this sumptuous tale. A clever mixture of history, psychology and sex.’
ALISTAIR STEWART, NEWSCASTER
‘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
‘In sculpted, luscious prose, Clark tenderly imagines the secret longing of a fated prince and the man who ruled his heart.’
ULI LENNART, ATTITUDE MAGAZINE
‘A magical portrait of The Queen’s great-uncle.’
HELLO MAGAZINE
‘A wonderful, warm tribute to Prince Eddy’
BBC RADIO LONDON
‘A stunning gem of a book’ ‘Heartbreakingly tragic and beautifully written’ ‘A massive achievement in historical fiction’ ‘Enthralling, haunting and superbly written’
SOME ONLINE REVIEWS
Rorys Boys

My first novel, the dark comedy Rory’s Boys, was published to five-star reviews in the press, on BBC radio, and online.

Praise for Rory's Boys

‘One of the funniest novels of 2011. A classic.’
New York Journal Of Books
‘Very very good. Clark writes with intelligence, warmth, bravery and wit.’
Sue Townsend
‘A metrosexual Great Expectations. Funny, touching and as readable as anything you’ll find this year.’
John Sessions
‘Smart, poignant and sharper than a scalpel.’
Ivan Massow
‘Funny, touching, tender, true...wonderfully rich and wry.’
Gyles Brandreth
‘Enormous charm, warmth and a great deal of humour without losing sight of the underlying issues which are genuinely serious and important.’
Sara Maitland