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Author: Francis Spufford Narrator: Sarah Borges Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2017 ISBN: 9781508250609
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WINNER OF THE COSTA FIRST NOVEL AWARD
WINNER OF THE RSL ONDAATJE PRIZE
WINNER OF THE DESMOND ELLIOTT PRIZE

NAMED “NOVEL OF THE YEAR” BY THE UK’S SUNDAY TIMES

“Nothing short of a masterpiece.” The Guardian

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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Nothing short of a masterpiece.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “A fast-paced romp that keeps its eyes on the moral conundrums of America.”

    New Yorker

  • “Delirious storytelling backfilled with this much intelligence is a rare and happy sight.”

    New York Times

  • Golden Hill possesses a fluency and immediacy, a feast of the senses.”

    Washington Post

  • “Gorgeously crafted…Spufford’s sprawling recreation here is pitch perfect.”

    NPR

  • A Washington Post Notable Book for 2017
  • Winner of the Costa Book Award for Best First Novel
  • An RSL Ondaatje Prize Winner
  • Sunday Times (London) Best Book of the Year winner
  • A British Book Award winner

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About the Author

Francis Spufford is the author of several highly praised books of nonfiction. His first book, I May Be Some Time, won the Writers’ Guild Award for Best Nonfiction Book of 1996, the Banff Mountain Book Prize, and a Somerset Maugham Award. In 2007 Spufford was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He teaches writing at Goldsmiths College and lives near Cambridge, England. Golden Hill is his first novel.

About the Narrator

Sarah Borges is a voice talent and audiobook narrator.