How old is Peter Grant?

Oct. 13th, 2017 10:40 pm
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We should be able to figure this out.  Or, at least, someone with more knowledge of British school systems and police should be able to figure this out.

Midnight Riot/Rivers of London was published in 2011.  Let's assume that what was happening in that book takes place in 2011.  (I don't think we have any evidence to the contrary?)

At that point, he has just completed his two years of being a probationary constable, which means he started in 2009.
Hendon training courses seem to last about a month, so still 2009.

British secondary education confuses me, so I'm not really sure what you would call what Peter did, but I'm assuming he finished at age 18 or so, and went straight from there to Hendon.  This would mean he would have been born in, what, 1991?

Can someone who knows more about British stuff than I do reassure me that I'm not missing something?

Oh, God, he's a baby!

ETA: According to the Word of God, Peter was 25 at the start of RoL.  Which would have him born in 1986, and then begs the questions what he was doing between Hendon at age 23 and being done with his schooling at age 18.  There's five years unaccounted for.  All told, it was probably something terribly boring--working some low-end job somewhere?

The thing about that, though, is that I wonder what it was.  He spends a lot of time empathizing with people and noting what various jobs are like and/or what their perspective is, and in all that time he's never indicated that HE used to do that job.  I mean, he might have joined his mum as a cleaner, but then all the times he evaluates a cleaning job with a professional eye surely he would remember it instead of his mum's job which he occasionally helped with as a child.  And it can't have been a paperwork job--beginning secretary, or something--because he would probably have mentioned it when he was dreading going into the CPU.

Peter's just so chatty, with so many digressions inside his head, I just can't imagine him coming across a job he used to do in the course of any of the stories and not mentioning "oh, hey, I know what that is like ..."

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