Golden Hill
Golden Hill

Golden Hill

  • Publish Date: 2016-12-21
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Francis Spufford
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Gorgeously craftedSpufford's sprawling recreation here is pitch perfect. Maureen Corrigan, Fresh Air

A fast-paced romp that keeps its eyes on the moral conundrums of America. The New Yorker

Delirious storytelling backfilled with this much intelligence is a rare and happy sight. The New York Times

Golden Hill possesses a fluency and immediacy, a feast of the sensesI love this book. The Washington Post

Winner of the Costa First Novel Award 2016
Winner of the RSL Ondaatje Prize 2017
Winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize 2017
Shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2017
Shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize 2017
Shortlisted for the British Book Awards Debut Novel of the Year 2017


SparklingA first-rate entertainment with a rich historical feel and some delightful twists (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) from acclaimed and award-winning author Francis Spufford about a mysterious young man in mid-eighteenth century Manhattan, thirty years before the American Revolution.

New York, a small town on the tip of Manhattan island, 1746. One rainy evening in November, a handsome young stranger fresh off the boat arrives at a countinghouse door on Golden Hill Street: this is Mr. Smith, amiable, charming, yet strangely determined to keep suspicion shimmering. For in his pocket, he has what seems to be an order for a thousand pounds, a huge sum, and he wont explain why, or where he comes from, or what he is planning to do in the colonies that requires so much money. Should the New York merchants trust him? Should they risk their credit and refuse to pay? Should they befriend him, seduce him, arrest him; maybe even kill him?

Rich in language and historical perception, yet compulsively readable, Golden Hill is a remarkable achievementremarkable, especially, in its intelligent re-creation of the early years of what was to become Americas greatest city (The Wall Street Journal). Spufford paints an irresistible picture of a New York provokingly different from its later metropolitan self, but already entirely a place where a young man with a fast tongue can invent himself afresh, fall in loveand find a world of trouble. Golden Hill is immensely pleasurableRead it for Spuffords brilliant storytelling, pitch-perfect ear for dialogue, and gift for re-creating a vanished time (New York Newsday).

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