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A Story of Love and Duty


352 Pages, 5 x 7.75

Formats: EPUB, Cloth, Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $15.95 (US $15.95) (CA $20.95)

Publication Date: February 2022

ISBN 9781912054183

Rights: US & CA

Fairlight Books (Feb 2022)


eBook Editions Available

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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 is a freelance writer and the author of the historical novels 'The Prince of Mirrors' and ‘Valhalla’, published by Fairlight Books.Born in Scotland, Alan attended Dollar Academy in Clackmannanshire before joining King’s College in London. However, due to a protracted illness, he had to abandon the degree and go into advertising, working as a copywriter and creative director. Throughout his career Alan has created ad campaigns for well-known companies, including Nestle, Levi’s and Kodak, and won awards from TV festivals in Cannes and Chicago. As a freelance journalist, he has produced travel pieces and celebrity profiles. While most of Alan’s career was spent in London, he has also lived in Gibraltar and Spain.Mentored by the famous 'Adrian Mole' book author Sue Townsend, Alan published his debut novel 'Rory’s Boys' with Arcadia Books in 2011, selling TV and film rights to an American production company. He has also ghost-written and co-authored a number of books, including 'Camera Girl' with Doreen Spooner (Mirror Books 2016) and many others.Alan is a theatre and film enthusiast. In his free time he really enjoys singing, walking and going to the gym.