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Golden Hill

(2016)
A novel by

 
Awards
Costa Book Awards Best First Novel (nominee)

"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


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 pitches up at a counting-house door in Golden Hill Street: this is Mr Smith, amiable, charming, yet strangely determined to keep suspicion simmering. For in his pocket, he has what seems to be an order for a thousand pounds, a huge amount, and he won't explain why, or where he comes from, or what he can be 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?

An astonishing first novel, as stuffed with incident as a whole shelf of conventional fiction, Golden Hill is both a book about the eighteenth century, and itself a novel cranked back to the form's eighteenth century beginnings, when anything could happen on the page, and usually did, and a hero was not a hero unless he ran the frequent risk of being hanged.

Rich in language and historical perception, yet compulsively readable, Golden Hill has a plot that twists in every chapter, and a puzzle at its heart that won't let go till the last paragraph of the last page.

Set a generation before the American Revolution, it paints an irresistible picture of a New York provokingly different from its later self: but subtly shadowed by the great city to come, and 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
 
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Used availability for Francis Spufford's Golden Hill


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Hardback Editions

June 2017 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Golden Hill: A Novel of Old New York
Author(s): Francis Spufford
ISBN: 1-5011-6387-6 / 978-1-5011-6387-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

May 2016 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: Golden Hill
Author(s): Francis Spufford
ISBN: 0-571-22519-5 / 978-0-571-22519-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

September 2016 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Golden Hill
Author(s): Francis Spufford
ISBN: 0-571-22520-9 / 978-0-571-22520-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

May 2017 : UK Audio CD
Title: Golden Hill
Author(s): Francis Spufford
ISBN: 1-5100-7023-0 / 978-1-5100-7023-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

June 2017 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Golden Hill: A Novel of Old New York
Author(s): Francis Spufford
Publisher: Scribner
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

May 2016 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Golden Hill
Author(s): Francis Spufford
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon UK   


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