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Golden Hill
Author: Francis Spufford

ISBN: 9780571225194
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 22 June 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.7 x 3.1
New York before New York. A fortune, or a forgery. A love story, or a battle of wits. Nothing is black and white.

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?

As fast as a heist movie, as stuffed with incident as a whole shelf of conventional fiction, Golden Hill is both a novel about the 18th century, and itself a book cranked back to the novel's 18th century beginnings, when anything could happen on the page, and usually did, and a hero was not a hero unless he ran the fr...

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