The tower, the zoo, and the tortoise: A Novel

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full_title tower the zoo and the tortoise
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display_description Brimming with charm and whimsy, this national bestseller set in the Tower of London has the transportive qualities and delightful magic of the contemporary classics Chocolat and Amélie.
Balthazar Jones has lived in the Tower of London with his loving wife, Hebe, and his 120-year-old pet tortoise for the past eight years. That's right, he is a Beefeater (they really do live there). It's no easy job living and working in the tourist attraction in present-day London.
Among the eccentric characters who call the Tower's maze of ancient buildings and spiral staircases home are the Tower's Rack & Ruin barmaid, Ruby Dore, who just found out she's pregnant; portly Valerie Jennings, who is falling for ticket inspector Arthur Catnip; the lifelong bachelor Reverend Septimus Drew, who secretly pens a series of principled erot­ica; and the philandering Ravenmaster, aiming to avenge the death of one of his insufferable ravens.
When Balthazar is tasked with setting up an elaborate menagerie within the Tower walls to house the many exotic animals gifted to the Queen, life at the Tower gets all the more interest­ing. Penguins escape, giraffes are stolen, and the Komodo dragon sends innocent people running for their lives. Balthazar is in charge and things are not exactly running smoothly. Then Hebe decides to leave him and his beloved tortoise "runs" away.
Filled with the humor and heart that calls to mind the delight­ful novels of Alexander McCall Smith, and the charm and beauty of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, The Tower, the Zoo, and the Tortoise is a magical, wholly origi­nal novel whose irresistible characters will stay with you long after you turn the stunning last page.
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subject_facet Animals -- Fiction, Eccentrics and eccentricities -- Fiction, Marital conflict -- Fiction, Tower of London (London, England) -- Fiction, Zoo keepers -- Fiction
title_display The tower, the zoo, and the tortoise
title_full The Tower, the Zoo, and the Tortoise A Novel, The tower, the zoo, and the tortoise / Julia Stuart
title_short The tower, the zoo, and the tortoise
title_sub A Novel
topic_facet Animals, Eccentrics and eccentricities, Fantasy, Fiction, Humor (Fiction), Literature, Marital conflict, Zoo keepers