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Golden Hill

Francis Spufford

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£8.99
Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571225200
Date Published
29.09.2016
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Summary

***The author of the Booker Prize longlisted novel Light Perpetual***

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 Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award 2017
Shortlisted for the British Book Awards Debut Novel of the Year 2017

A SUNDAY TIMES TOP 100 NOVEL OF THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY

New York, a small town on the tip of Manhattan Island, 1746. One rainy evening, a charming and handsome young stranger fresh off the boat from England pitches up to a counting house on Golden Hill Street, with a suspicious yet compelling proposition — he has an order for a thousand pounds in his pocket that he wishes to cash. But can he be trusted? This is New York in its infancy, a place where a young man with a fast tongue can invent himself afresh, fall in love, and find a world of trouble . . .

Critic Reviews

Miraculously constructed . . . at once so fabulously entertaining, so exquisitely wrought and so moving that it stands among not just the best first novels of the year, but the best novels of this or any year.

Sam Leith, Chair of Judges for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2017
Critic Reviews

Golden Hill is a novel of gloriously capacious humanity, thick-woven with life in all its oddness and familiarity, a novel of such joy it leaves you beaming, and such seriousness that it asks to be read again and again ... this novel is verifiable gold.

Alexandra Harris, Sunday Telegraph
Critic Reviews

The intoxicating effect of Golden Hill is much more than an experiment in form. [Spufford] has created a complete world, employing his archivist skills to the great advantage of his novel ... This is a book born of patience, of knowledge accrued and distilled over decades, a style honed by practice. There are single scenes here more illuminating, more lovingly wrought, than entire books.'

Sophie Elmshirst, Financial Times
Critic Reviews

A cunningly crafted narrative that, right up to its tour de force conclusion, is alive with tantalising twists and turns ... This is a dazzlingly written novel. Little brilliances of metaphor and phrasing gleam everywhere.

Peter Kemp, Sunday Times
Critic Reviews

Like a newly discovered novel by Henry Fielding with extra material by Martin Scorsese. Why it works so well is largely down to Spufford's superb re-creation of New York ... His writing crackles with energy and glee, and when Smith's secret is finally revealed it is hugely satisfying on every level. For its payoff alone Golden Hill deserves a big shiny star.

Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, The Times
Critic Reviews

Splendidly entertaining and ingenious ... Throughout Golden Hill, Spufford creates vivid, painterly scenes of street and salon life, yet one never feels as though a historical detail has been inserted just because he knew about it. Here is deep research worn refreshingly lightly ... a first-class period entertainment.

Steven Poole, Guardian
FrancisSpufford

Francis Spufford was born in 1964. He is the author of five celebrated books of non-fiction. The most recent, Unapologetic, has been translated into three languages; the one before, Red Plenty, into nine. He has been longlisted or shortlisted for prizes in science writing, historical writing, political writing, theological writing, and writing ‘evoking the spirit of place’. His first novel.…

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