Golden Hill

  • by Francis Spufford
  • Narrated by Sarah Borges
  • 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

New York, a small town on the tip of Manhattan Island, 1746.
One evening, a handsome young stranger off the boat from England pitches up to a counting house on Golden Hill Street, with a compelling proposition - he has an order for 1,000 pounds in his pocket that he wishes to cash. But can he be trusted? New York is a place where a young man with a fast tongue can reinvent himself, fall in love, and find trouble....


What the Critics Say

"A novel of such joy it leaves you beaming...verifiable gold." (The Sunday Telegraph)
"The best 18th century novel since the 18th century." (BBC Radio 4)
"A cunningly crafted narrative that, right up to its tour de force conclusion, is alive with tantalising twists and turns.... This is a dazzlingly written novel. Little brilliances of metaphor and phrasing gleam everywhere." (The Sunday Times)


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Customer Reviews

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Elegant, rich language, plot filled with twists

The entire premise of this novel surrounds the enigmatic Richard Smith who has turned up in New York in 1700s with £1,000, a huge sum at the time. The prose is elegant and rich, reminiscent of classic period dramas written by Edith Wharton, but mixes the plot of the Taming Of The Shrew with "The Guest" by Satyajit Ray. The ending is poignant when we discover his true purpose of the money and there are literally hundreds of twists throughout the novel. Beautifully written.
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- Suswati


Brilliant book, brilliant reader; highly recommended. Moving, clever, original; what more could you wish for from a novel?
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- DavidR

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-06-2017
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks