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The untold story of Queen Elizabeth’s grandmother


336 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: EPUB, Cloth, Trade Paper

Cloth, $24.95 (US $24.95) (CA $33.95)

Publication Date: August 2021

ISBN 9781912054169

Rights: US & CA

Fairlight Books (Aug 2021)


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May of Teck, only daughter of a noble family fallen from grace, has been selected to marry the troublesome Prince Eddy, heir to the British throne. Submitting to the wishes of Queen Victoria and under pressure from her family, young May agrees. But just as a spark of love and devotion arises between the young couple, Prince Eddy dies of influenza. To her horror, May discovers she is to be married to the brother, Georgie, instead, a cold and domineering man. But what can she do? From the author of‘ The Prince of Mirrors comes this gripping account of the life of Queen Mary, one of the most formidable queens of Britain.


"Atmospheric and vividly imagined. 'Valhalla' brings to life a woman who had otherwise seemed frozen in history; it's theme of royal duty still all too relevant." -Margaret Drabble, author, The Seven Sisters and The Dark Flood Rises

"Atmospheric and vividly imagined." —Margaret Drabble, novelist, biographer and critic

"Clark takes an iconic and forbidding figure and transforms her into a passionate, loving and damaged woman." —Simon Russell Beale, actor

"This is a heart-breaking tale and no mistake. A beautiful and lyrical tale told with deft brilliance." —John Sessions, actor and comedian

"Valhalla is a beautifully crafted novel that succeeds in bringing Queen Mary vividly to life." —Elizabeth Mac Donald, , author of A Matter of Interpretation

Author Biography

Alan Robert Clark was born and educated in Scotland. He briefly attended King’s College in London, before opting instead for a career as a copywriter and creative director with a number of leading London advertising agencies. He has worked as a freelance journalist and, most recently, has ghost-written and co-authored a number of biographies. His novel The Prince of Mirrors was included in the Walter Scott Prize Academy Recommends List.