“A delirious homage to 18th-century masters, involving sparring lovers, hidden identities, spectacular debauchery, a duel, sedition, a prison stint and multiple reversals of fortune.”
Featured in Washington Post’s 50 Notable Fiction Books of 2017.
“Francis Spufford’s ingenious historical novel, Golden Hill, is set in 1746, in the teeming streets of what is now Lower Manhattan – a place of dark alleys and twisted virtue.”
Featured in NPR’s Book Concierge Great Reads of 2017.
Golden Hill: A Novel of Old New York by Francis Spufford has achieved quite the list of awards and recognitions as you can see from the list above but it does not end there. The reviews and recommendations are quite extensive as well:
“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
This spectacularly written novel follows the adventures of a curious young man in mid-eighteen century Manhattan. On a rainy day in 1746, this handsome stranger arrives fresh off the boat. In his pocket, he contains one thousand pounds, quite a large sum. He offers no explanation as to where he came from, what he is planning to do or why he is carrying such a huge amount of money. Of course, he has New York merchant suspicious. This tale is what becomes of this man with a fast tongue in a place where he can totally reinvent himself… or invite trouble.
— 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
— Winner of the New York City Book Award