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Title: Golden Hill
Authors: Spufford, Francis
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 340
Year: 2016
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Language: English
Description: When Richard Smith sets foot on Manhattan Island in 1746, it's not long before New York tongues are wagging. The enigmatic Mr. Smith has a promissory note for 1000 pounds, but is not to be drawn on who he is, and what he plans to do with his fortune. If he is to prosper, this likeable but playing-his-cards-close-to-his-chest Englishman must successfully navigate a naturally mistrustful Manhattan society.

With its period appropriate style and historically accurate details, this is an intriguing and fast-paced adventure of colonial New York.

2016 Costa Book First Novel Award winner.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"A fast-paced book that gives a great description of what New York was like in 1746."

"Our man Smith is a likeable character and the intrigue around why he is there draws us in admirably."

"The suspense builds up at a fast pace. A very satisfying ending too."

"The language of the time took a bit of getting used to, but in the end it gives us the feeling of life in that era."

"A fascinating account of what life would have been like in a very young New York."

"The writing style is rich and paints vivid pictures of characters and events."

"Brilliantly written. Funny and compelling."

"The characters are exceptionally well-drawn."

"The story engages from the first line and is a clever, witty, perfectly realised historical novel."

"This book has it all - romance, villainy, mystery and duels, humour, and historical accuracy down to the last detail."
Categories: Fiction, Award Winner, Culture/Ethnic/Racial, Historical, Morals/Ethics, Mystery, Social commentary/perspectives, America, 2019 Titles

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