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The Tower, The Zoo, and The Tortoise: A Novel

2 Ratings: 5.0
A book by Julia Stuart

A Beefeater, his wife, and their nearly 180-year-old tortoise live in the Tower of London, and if Stuart's deadly charming sophomore novel (after The Matchmaker of Perigord) is any indication, the fortress is as full of intrigue as ever. Balthazar … see full wiki

Author: Julia Stuart
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Publisher: Doubleday
3 reviews about The Tower, The Zoo, and The Tortoise: A...
review by . June 26, 2010
Everybody knows about the Beefeaters in the Tower of London, of course, but it's unlikely you ever knew one personally. In this light- hearted novel you will meet the denizens of the Tower: Beefeater or Yeoman of the Tower Balthazar Jones along with his Greek wife, Hebe, are barely holding on to a marriage gone stale.     We are introduced to the Reverend Septimus Drew, the Tower parson, who secretly pens erotic novels under the pen name Vivienne Ventriss. We meet Ruby Dore, …
review by . October 11, 2010
This charming novel centers around life in the Tower of London (a lot less convenient for modern-day Beefeaters than you might imagine).  Balthazar and Hebe are trying to cope with the loss of their son which is driving a wedge into their lifelong love story.  Balthazar is given the unwelcome task of dealing with a new menagerie all because he is the caretaker of a 180 year old tortoise, while Hebe works in the absurdly delightful Lost Property Office of the London Underground.  The …
review by . October 10, 2010
This charming novel centers around life in the Tower of London (a lot less convenient for modern-day Beefeaters than you might imagine). Balthazar and Hebe are trying to cope with the loss of their son which is driving a wedge into their lifelong love story. Balthazar is given the unwelcome task of dealing with a new menagerie all because he is the caretaker of a 180 year old tortoise, while Hebe works in the absurdly delightful Lost Property Office of the London Underground. The are surrounded …
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