From Dreaming Spies:
The Bodleian Library is one of the glories of the Western world— although, if the world (and the University) was a fair place, the institution would be called the “Ball Library,” after the wealthy widow Thomas Bodley had married. It was Ann Ball’s money (inherited from a trader in pilchards) that restored the old library of Duke Humfrey, stripped bare in the Reformation.
I wrote to the Bodleian when Dreaming Spies was in the final stages, to check on a piece of information and to apologize for having—strictly fictionally, understand—made off with one of their treasures. The good lady who replied absolved me of my character’s crime, and went on to say how pleased she was to hear from me, that many of them in that grand library…were fans.
I do so love the Bodleian library, and all her parts.
My upcoming events are here.