Page 26. " Peregrin Falcons are the fastest birds on record. "

The Peregrine Falcon is a bird of prey that lives mostly along mountain ranges, river valleys, coastlines, and increasingly in cities. A study testing the flight physics of an 'ideal falcon' found a theoretical speed limit at 400 km/h (250 mph) for low altitude flight and 625 km/h (390 mph) for high altitude flight. In 2005, Ken Franklin recorded a falcon stooping at a top speed of 389 km/h (242 mph).


Page 35. " it has a distinctive pulsating aura "

In parapsychology and many forms of spiritual practice, the aura is  an invisible emanation produced by and surrounding a person or object; alleged to be discernible by individuals of supernormal sensibility.

Page 36. " a deserted house beside the Thames "


River Thames at night
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeRiver Thames at night - Credit: Atelier Joly

The River Thames is a major river flowing through southern England. Its lower reaches divide London, and upstream the river flows through several other towns and cities, including Oxford, Reading and Windsor.


Page 37. " I huddled in a birch tree in Green Park. "
Green Park
GNU Free Documentation LicenseGreen Park - Credit: Benkid77

 Green Park is one of the Royal Parks of London. Covering 19 hectares, it lies between London's Hyde Park and St. James's Park. Together with Kensington Gardens, these parks form an almost unbroken stretch of open land reaching from Whitehall and Victoria station to Kensington and Notting Hill.

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Page 37. " to bunker down in the middle of Rotherhithe Sewage Works "
Rotherhithe - Greeland Dock Pier
Public DomainRotherhithe - Greeland Dock Pier - Credit: Cnbrb

 Rotherhithe is a district of central south-east London, in the Borough of Southwark. It is located on a peninsula on the south bank of the Thames, facing Wapping and the Isle of Dogs on the north bank.  There is no Sewage Works there outside of Bartimaeus's world.

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Page 38. " in Trafalgar Square still flowed around the base of Nelson's Column "


Nelson's Column
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeNelson's Column - Credit: Tagishsimon

Located  in the heart of London, Trafalgar Square  is a tourist attraction and one of the most famous squares in the United Kingdom and the world.

Trafalgar Square - detail
GNU Free Documentation LicenseTrafalgar Square - detail - Credit: Billy Hicks
At its centre is Nelson's Column, which is guarded by four lion statues at its base. Nelson's Column is a monument standing 185 ft. high in the middle of Trafalgar Square in London, commemorating Britain's most celebrated naval hero. Statues and sculptures are on display in the square, including a fourth plinth displaying changing pieces of contemporary art, and it is a site of political demonstrations.


Page 38. " the night shift in the government offices in Whitehall "


Traffic in Whitehall
Creative Commons AttributionTraffic in Whitehall - Credit: Joseph Plotz

 Whitehall, in London, is the main artery running north from Parliament Square, 

Whitehall sketch map
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which is often regarded as the heart of London. Recognised as the centre of HM Government, the road is lined with government departments/ministries; "Whitehall" is therefore also frequently used to refer to the  overall UK governmental administration, as well as being a geographic name for the surrounding district.


The name is taken from the vast Palace of Whitehall that used to occupy the area but which was largely destroyed by fire in 1698. Whitehall was originally a wide road that ran up to the front of the palace. Trafalgar Square was built at its northern extremity in the early 19th century. The southernmost part by Parliament Square is Parliament Street, but there is no longer any obvious distinction between the two on the ground. Combined, the streets cover a total distance of about 0.6 mile (1 kilometre).

Page 39. " in Parliament to their clubs at St. James's "


Parliament Square
Public DomainParliament Square - Credit: Misterweiss

 Parliament Square is situated outside the northwest end of the Palace of Westminster (also known as Houses of Parliament) in London. It features a large open green area in the middle, with a group of trees to its west. The East side of the square, lying opposite one of the key entrances to the Palace of Westminster, has historically been a common site of protest against government action or inaction.


St. James's Square Panorama
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeSt. James's Square Panorama - Credit: David Iliff


St James's is an area of central London in the City of Westminster. It is bounded to the north by Piccadilly, to the west by Green Park, to the south by The Mall and St James's Park and to the east by The Haymarket. Until the Second World War, St James's remained one of the most exclusive residential enclaves in London. Nowadays it is a predominantly commercial area with some of the highest rents in London and, consequently, the world. St James's is also the home of many of the best known gentlemen's clubs in London. The clubs found here are organisations of English high society.

Page 41. " ignored the entrance to the Underground "

Piccadilly Circus Underground Station
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikePiccadilly Circus Underground Station - Credit: Leonardo Cassarani
The London Underground is a rapid transit system serving a large part of Greater London and neighbouring areas of Essex, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire in the UK.
London Underground Map Zone 1
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With its first section opening in 1863, it was the first underground railway system in the world. In 1890 it became the first to operate electric trains. Despite the name, about 55% of the network is above ground. It is usually referred to officially as 'the Underground' and colloquially as the Tube.

Page 48. " I was a Nile crocodile with jaws "

Nile crocodiles
Public DomainNile crocodiles - Credit: John Walker
The Nile Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) is an African crocodile which is common in Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Egypt, and Zambia.

The Nile  is a major north-flowing river in Africa, generally regarded as the longest river in the world. The northern section of the river flows almost entirely through desert, from Sudan into Egypt, a country whose civilization has depended on the river since ancient times.