Balthazar Jones is a Beefeater (they actually prefer the title Yeoman Warder) who lives in the Tower of London with a 181-year-old tortoise. His unusual pet makes him a perfect choice to manage the new zoo attraction being installed at the Tower. Sometimes other countries present live animals as gifts to the Queen, and she thinks visitor numbers may improve at the Tower if it were home to the royal menagerie. Balthazar’s wife Hebe works in the Lost Property Office of the London Underground, and you won’t believe the things that are left on the subway! Get to know these two and a host of other unusual characters in Julia Stuart’s The Tower, the Zoo, and the Tortoise.