Page 426. " the notorious Garden-House Hotel protest "
The Garden House Hotel, Cambridge
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeThe Garden House Hotel, Cambridge - Credit: Sebastian Ballard

The Garden House riot was an infamous student protest which took place at the Garden House Hotel in Cambridge on Friday, February 13, 1970. Some of the students involved were deported and many arrests were made amongst the hundreds of protestors.

The cause? A 'Greek week' organised by the Greek Tourist Board. This sparked rebellion against the right wing Greek military junta of 1967–1974, also known as 'The Regime of the Colonels'. 

Page 428. " He asked if I'd known Kim Philby "
Kim Philby
Public DomainKim Philby - Credit: Goodmemories215

 Harold Adrian Russell 'Kim' Philby (1912-1988) was a senior spy working for British Intelligence (SIS) -- or so they thought...

He was, in actual fact, a KGB agent. As head of SIS's anti-Soviet section, he was able to betray large numbers of British agents to the Russians. Philby also served as a chief British intelligence officer in America.  He was unmasked in 1963, when he fled to the Soviet Union.  He lived the rest of his life in Moscow, dying shortly before the collapse of the USSR.

Like LMS, Philby had an earlier career as a journalist, and was a war correspondent in Spain. He joined SIS in 1940.

Kim Philby was a member of the ring of spy traitors later known as the Cambridge Five.

Page 435. " a biography of John O'Hara "

American novelist John Henry O'Hara (1905-1970) began his literary career penning shorter stories. His later novels often focused on class differences and social ambition. Perhaps because of this, he was considered quite controversial in his time, although his work sold well.



Page 435. " film called Three Days of the Condor "
Robert Redford starred in the film
Public DomainRobert Redford starred in the film - Credit: Trailer screenshot

Starring a young Robert Redford, Three Days of the Condor was an American action film released in 1975. The story was inspired by the book Six Days of the Condor, and was set in New York City after the Vietnam War.

Redford, who works for the CIA, becomes embroiled in a power struggle within the corporation and masterful suspense ensues...



Page 444. " caught a bus to Villefranche-sur-Lot "

River Lot
Creative Commons AttributionRiver Lot - Credit: Phillip Capper
Villefranche-sur-Lot is fictional, but must be located in the Lot Department of southwestern France. The commune of Saint-Sabine, also mentioned by Boyd, is in this area.

Villefranche-du-Queyran might be a good model.


Page 444. " along the valley of the Lot - Puy l'Eveque "

Puy-l'Évêque is a French commune located in the Lot department, in the Midi-Pyrénées region.


Puy-l'Évêque is a medieval village.
Public DomainPuy-l'Évêque is a medieval village. - Credit: Torsade de Pointes