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Golden Hill

(2016)
(A book in the Old New York series)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Desmond Elliott Prize Best Book
Costa Book Awards Best First Novel
A Wall Street Journal Top Ten Fiction Book of 2017 * A Washington Post Notable Fiction Book of the Year * A Seattle Times Favorite Book of 2017 * An NPR Best Book of 2017 * A Kirkus Reviews Best Historical Fiction Book of the Year * A Library Journal Top Historical Fiction Book of the Year * Winner of the Costa First Novel Award, the RSL Ondaatje Prize, and the Desmond Elliott Prize

"Gorgeously crafted... Spufford'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 senses... I love this book." - The Washington Post

The spectacular first novel from acclaimed nonfiction author Francis Spufford follows the adventures of 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 won't 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 story "taut with twists and turns" that "keeps you gripped until its tour-de-force conclusion" (The Times, London). 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 love - and find a world of trouble.

Genre: Historical    

Praise for this book

"Addictively readable." - Mark Haddon

"Francis Spufford has one of the most original minds in contemporary literature." - Nick Hornby

"Golden Hill is a meticulously crafted and brilliantly written novel that is both an affectionate homage to the 18th century novel and a taut and thoughtful tale." - Iain Pears

"Quite marvellous. A vivid re-creation of colonial New York, in which the adventures of Mr Smith, who may be a charlatan or a hero, make for a page turner, with an unexpected and unusually satisfying ending." - C J Sansom


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Hardback Editions

January 2018 : USA Library Binding

Title: Golden Hill: A Novel of Old New York (Thorndike Press Large Print Bill's Bookshelf)
Author(s): Francis Spufford
ISBN: 1-4328-4705-8 / 978-1-4328-4705-0 (USA edition)
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June 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: Golden Hill: A Novel of Old New York
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ISBN: 1-5011-6387-6 / 978-1-5011-6387-6 (USA edition)
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December 2011 : UK Hardback
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Title: Golden Hill
Author(s): Francis Spufford
ISBN: 0-571-22519-5 / 978-0-571-22519-4 (UK edition)
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Paperback Editions

February 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Golden Hill: A Novel of Old New York
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September 2016 : UK Paperback
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June 2017 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Golden Hill
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ISBN: 1-5100-7023-0 / 978-1-5100-7023-3 (UK edition)
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June 2017 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Golden Hill: A Novel of Old New York
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Title: Golden Hill
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