"Peter has his place at Balliol confirmed"
Balliol College, Oxford
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Balliol College is best known for its politically-minded students; it can claim three prime ministers amongst its alumni.

Prime Minister H H Asquith reportedly said those at Balliol possessed "the tranquil consciousness of an effortless superiority"... a fact William Boyd may well have borne in mind when creating the character of Peter...