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Welcome to

The Prince's Parade

You have made an important discovery. You have found The Prince's Parade! 

Here you will find books inspired by the animals and environment of the area where I live. It is a stunningly beautiful place on the Kent coast between Folkestone and Hythe. I hope you may experience it through the pages of my books - it is a place that is very easy to fall in love with!

My first book, "The Prince's Parade" can be ordered now. If you are kind enough to buy it, you will be helping to protect a real place and real animals who inhabit the area. You will help to make sure that it remains special and a place for everyone to enjoy as they currently do.

I am not alone in my desire to protect this unique place. The Save Princes Parade campaign has been running for many years and has hundreds of members. If you are interested in joining or just looking for more information please visit the campaign website here.


Out Now in paperback!

Is it possible to fall in love with a place?

"The Prince's Parade" tells the story of a young girl who moves from London to the Kent coast with her family. She discovers a place rich with wonderful nature. It doesn't take long for her to fall in love with the area, known as Prince's Parade. When she discovers that a large housing development is planned, she resolves to do all she can to stop it and gets the support of some surprising allies along the way!

I have decided to offer this book for a minimum suggested donation of £7 which you can order by clicking the link below. If ordering a postal copy please add £3 to any amount you donate and I will despatch it as soon as it becomes available.

I really hope you enjoy the book and maybe visit The Prince's Parade one day too!

Written by Mark Brophy

Illustrated by Clare Foster


How the Fox and the Owl Became Friends

Available Now!

This is a short story about a family of foxes living in a coastal area of Kent called "Prince's Parade". Nuna and Fuhsaz are a young fox couple and soon after the birth of their first litter, the foxes face a scary natural disaster. Find out how they get on by downloading this short story today.

This is a free prequel to the book "The Prince's Parade"


Available now from

The Book Den

125 The High Street

Hythe, Kent 

Call 01303 778058


About the Author

Mark Brophy

I have been a railwayman for over 20 years, gaining employment on the newly privatised Anglia franchise in 1997. I worked both on the ticket office and platform at Diss station, before becoming a guard then driver. On moving to Seabrook in 2016, I was surprised to learn that there was previously a railway station only yards from my new home and that the land of Prince's Parade was once owned by South Eastern Railway. 

Since moving here I have become more aware of the importance of wildlife and nature for me personally and for the many people who use the area to relax. I wanted to find a way to express this and also to raise funds to protect my local environment. I have always been interested in writing and felt I could tell a good story which might help others understand why it is so important to protect nature from urbanisation.

I do hope you enjoy the books I have written, no matter what age you are or where you live. The inspiration for me to write has come from the unique landscape of where I live, a peaceful area that has both a coastal and a countryside identity. It is teeming with all manner of wildlife and supports many unusual flora and fauna. It is also a haven from the pressures of modern life and I hope you might experience this through the book in some small way.

BUT the area is under threat from housing developers who wish to urbanise this special place, just as in the book itself. There is currently a legal challenge to these plans and any profits raised from the sale of The Prince's Parade will go towards this worthy cause. 

I am hoping to visit local schools in the near future to talk about the book and explore some of the issues. If you would like me to visit your school or other organisation, please drop me a line. Thank you.


This short video says it all really.


Upcoming Events

Walk About
Time is TBD
Prince's Parade
Time is TBD
Prince's Parade, Seabrook, Sandgate, Folkestone CT20 3HA, UK
A walk along Prince's Parade and the Seabrook Area. This event will probably take place in the new year.
Author and Artist Event @ Folkestone Beacon
Wed, Mar 04
The Beacon Folkestone
Mar 04, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
The Beacon Folkestone, Park Farm Rd, Park Farm Industrial Estate, Folkestone CT19 5DN, UK
Authors, Artists and wellbeing practitioners come together in one venue. Come and meet local creatives and those interested in wellbeing. The Prince's Parade will be on sale on the day!

Mark Brophy


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