Oct 01, 2020
Golden Hill: A Novel of Old New York
Posted by Francis Spufford

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, in a first class period entertainment The Guardian.New York, a small town on the tip of Manhattan island, 1746 One rainy evening in November, a handsome young stThe 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, in a first class period entertainment The Guardian.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 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 Set thirty years before the American Revolution, author Francis Spufford captures an ancient iconography of New York not only in his depictions of the physical city and its diverse citizens, currencies, and costumes, but also in the clever and pungent language of his prose Golden Hill is an update of eighteenth century picaresque novels by the likes of Henry Fielding and entertains us with its savage wit, mystery, charismatic protagonist, and romantic storyline as it propels us toward a powerful revelation at the novel s end Intoxicating The Financial Times and as good a historical novel as you could read The Times, London , Golden Hill shows us a city provokingly different from its later self but subtly shadowed by the great icon to come, and already a place where a young man with a fast tongue can invent himself anew, fall in love and find a world of trouble.

  • Title: Golden Hill: A Novel of Old New York
  • Author: Francis Spufford
  • ISBN: 9781501163876
  • Page: 327
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Golden Hill A Novel of Old New York Spufford, Francis 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 Golden Hill A Novel of Old New York Spufford, Francis Golden Hill is a novel of gloriously capacious humanity, thick woven with life in all its oddness and familiarity, a novel of such joy it leaves you beaming, and such seriousness that it asks to be read again and again this novel is verifiable gold Sunday Telegraph UK Golden Hill by Francis Spufford Golden Hill New York, a small town on the tip of Manhattan Island, 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. Golden Hill A Crackerjack Novel of Old Manhattan The Jul , Golden Hill A Crackerjack Novel of Old Manhattan Francis Spufford s fiction dbut is a fast paced romp, but it keeps its eyes on the moral conundrums of America By Golden Hill novel Golden Hill is a novel by the English writer Francis Spufford It won the Costa Book Award for a first novel, and the Ondaatje Prize As explained in its acknowledgements, it is heavily influenced by The Adventures of David Simple by Sarah Fielding and Joseph Andrews by her brother Henry Fielding Plot Golden Hill Little League Golden Hill Little League has been approved to launch training development T.A.D teams for players in the T Ball age range Because of strict COVID protocol and what comes with that qualified managers, small teams, limited field space , there is likely to be interest than we have spots for.

    Golden Hill A Novel of Old New York 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 Rev


    A wonderful and surprising book indeed This is what a book should be, full of unexpected tales and events, up until the very end Sparkling, challenging, daring The fifth star or say o,5, I rate this book 4.5 is lacking because I did at times find some of the reading of this book challenging But I say to everyone, persist, it is well worth the effort A great history tale in the beginning of New York s existence, interesting to read how NY started out, and of course the events surrounding the myst [...]


    Francis Spufford has written a brilliant and cracking historical yarn for his fictional debut It is set in the New York of 1746, it has a population of 7ooo and, whilst unlike the great city of today, the seeds of its future are indisputably present An Englishman, Richard Smith, arrives in New York and on him he has a 1000 bill of exchange, a veritable fortune at that time He is a man of mystery to the reader until the end of the book He is greeted with suspicion and questions from the locals, w [...]


    All 10 of my friends that read Golden Hill gave it stellar reviews with an average of 4.50 As a result, I had high expectations from this novel, especially because the blurb sounded to be exactly what I love about historical fiction Unfortunately, it did not work for me as much as I wanted I enjoyed GH well enough to give it almost three stars but no However, I can understand why other readers might love it than I did The most important aspect for me in a novel is the writing, the voice of the [...]


    The year is 1746 when a young Englishman Richard Smith, arrives in New York with a bill of exchange to the value of 1,000, an enormous amount of money at the time He seeks out a trader by the name of Lovell, on Golden Hill Street, who has 60 days to honour the bill.Exactly who Smith is and what his intentions are is unclear, not just to the inhabitants of New York, but to us the readers, however we re not privy to this information until the end of the book The mystery compels the reader ever onw [...]


    Surprise, surprise, surprise That is what you can expect when you read this debut novel The twists and turns multiply as we follow the young and enigmatic Mr Smith, newly arrived from England, around New York City in the year 1746 Our hero has a mission, and to accomplish it he needs the cash from a promissory note which may be redeemed in 60 days time During this period Mr Smith attempts to deflect all personal questions, including those relating to his reason for being in New York City This of [...]

    Angela M

    There are many glowing reviews of this both in the press and on and I really thought I would love this story I must admit that I found it less than interesting in spite of the secrecy surrounding Mr Smith s business in New York, a robbery, a sexual indiscretion, and a duel It wasn t until the very end that I felt any emotional connection to what was happening and it just wasn t soon enough for me to say this was a meaningful read for me I was intrigued a couple at times when we find out about Sm [...]

    Diane S ☔

    Patience is a virtue they say and I have to say after reading the first half of this novel, I was feeling very virtueous The first part sets the scene of a New York, little than twenty years before the revolution, and is extremely detailed Many, many words but it does do the job, aquainting the reader thoroughly and meticulously with the political factions, the merchants, the nationalities and the extreme dislke of the French as well as the various religious affiliations, and almost everything [...]


    I wish I liked Golden Hill than I did I am a tough customer when it comes to historical fiction, especially books set prior to 1900 I don t like books that romanticize the past or books that imprint contemporary sensibilities on historical characters Golden Hill doesn t suffer from either of these flaws In fact, it has a lot going for it It s extremely well written and it does a great job giving life to to New York in the mid 1700s But the story didn t really hold my interest until the last 20% [...]


    Blunder upon blunder nothing but blunders half a hundred blunders.4.5 stars Fantastic New York, 1746 Population 7,000 Loved this book Is it a comedy A tragedy A farce A mystery All of this and .Mr Smith lands in New York and stirs up a veritable hornet s nest of trouble in the close knit community We the reader get to witness the trials and tribulations of Mr Smith s short time there.This book has a fabulous plot twist that put a wide smile on my face And to cap it all, it was not revealed until [...]


    Having finished this book two months since, and having perused a vast quantity of printed works in the interval, recalling the story of Mr S and his adventures in New York in 1746 presents a considerable challenge Were I to rely solely on my recollection of the persons and events contained within the narrative, this account had been ended before it begun, I retained so little memory of it An obligation to reread the early chapters was therefore felt, and having acted upon it, memory deigned to r [...]


    5 What a surprise What started out as possibly a light hearted romp turned out to be a completely absorbing story of New York in 1746, thirty years before the Revolutionary War It is written in the language of the time, with some simplification of heavy Dutch accents for the English language readers, and I don t think I ever noticed a false note It sounds as if it was written then.The narrator says at the end and it s not a spoiler that I, who did not know what Mr Smith was thinking, lend my own [...]


    It s been a really long time since I read The Sot Weed Factor by John Barth But this book immediately reminded me of it Specifically, the ability to capture the language of the time Not just in conversation, but the entire tone of the book The joy here truly is the language Spufford has a gift for description The book begins with Mr Smith having arrived from London in New York City, 1746 He has a note with him for 1,000, a princely sum in those days He refuses to tell anyone the purpose of his v [...]

    Peter Boyle

    I love nothing than a story which catches me unawares Early on in this dazzling historical novel, Francis Spufford sets a mystery in motion that absolutely compels us to read on, and whose unexpected solution is not revealed until the final pages Along the way there are twists that left me slack jawed with astonishment and grinning in delight It is the most fun I have had with a book in a long time.The setting is New York, the year 1746, and Richard Smith is the enigma at the heart of it all Th [...]

    mark monday

    A certain young Englishman named Smith travels to the clean yet rather barbaric small town of New York, located on the tip of Manhattan Island, circa 1746 He has a certain agenda and a certain amount of riches at his disposal Or does he The question of his wealth is one of many such questions And what exactly is his agenda And background And motivations Various new New Yorkers are both eager yet full of dread to discover the secrets beneath this charismatic and chameleonic stranger s pleasant ex [...]

    Rebecca Foster

    4.5 Just brilliant You ll never doubt for a moment that you are in 1746 New York an English colony with a heavy Dutch influence, and slavery still the standard The novel opens suddenly as twenty four year old Richard Smith arrives from London with a promissory note for 1000, an astounding sum for the time He won t explain how he came by the money or what he intends to do with it, but the order seems to be legitimate This puts the merchant Mr Lovell in rather a bind, because that kind of cash sim [...]


    It is hard to believe that this wonderfully picaresque romp through 18th century New York is Spufford s first novel It manages to echo and gently parody many of the tropes of 18th century fiction, while mixing it with enough hindsight to make it appeal to a modern audience, and despite the richness of the language it soon becomes a genuine page turner.The story follows an English adventurer who arrives from London in a New York which in 1746 is barely than a large village, armed with a money or [...]


    Look Back in AngerAmerica has always been an angry place And violent because it is angry The order of precedence is important Angry people are unpredictable, not only in their violence but in their non violent moments This is the central theme in Spufford s novel about 18th century New York City, reprised most explicitly in the most recent American elections Golden Hill is a sort of retrospective prediction There never was a moment of the American ideal s ideal existence.The focus of Spufford s [...]


    Riffing on Quote from Novel updated 2 15 Females as Fruits, Foods and Foliage Sexism in Storytelling and Society Golden Hill is well done, enjoyable and creative in a way I cannot disclose without spoiling it Some might find it gimmicky I liked its tribute by similarities to the English novels of the late 18th century.I was struck by the below passage and started thinking how females have been subtly and not so subtly denigrated, demeaned and objectified by repeated and mostly accepted compariso [...]


    Ok, so this is naughty of me Probably,Golden Hilldeserves than the 80 pages I have given it but I feel like I am wading through a jumble of words and not taking anything in I am getting that same twitchy feeling I had while attemptingThe Luminaries , something to do with a failure of me as a reader to fully accept the mode of historical pastiche on offer Judging by plenty of reviews here, I might well be wrong and great frolics and adventures are, no doubt, on the way but I guess my mind is sti [...]

    Charles Finch

    Maybe my favorite book I ve read so far in 2017 A perfect, whip smart evocation of mid 18th century New York Incredibly suspenseful, smart, funny Couldn t have loved it .


    BABTbbc programmes b08q4hwnDescription New York, a small town on the tip of Manhattan Island, 1746 One rainy evening, a charming and handsome young stranger, fresh off the boat from England, pitches up to a counting house on Golden Hill Street, with a suspicious yet compelling proposition He has an order for a thousand pounds in his pocket that he wishes to cash But can he be trusted This is New York in its infancy, a place where a young man with a fast tongue can invent himself afresh, fall in [...]

    Roman Clodia

    This is a book for you if you enjoy long long beautifully written descriptions and an extremely meandering narrative that isn t overly interested in getting to its destination It does have one, and one that is poignant and simultaneously unbelievable one that is based on 21st century concerns and ideals rather than those of the 18th century, although that s fine, of course, in a contemporary novel All the same, I struggled with this book and just couldn t love it in the way that I expected and w [...]


    What rollicking fun to read The pacing is a touch bit uneven but that is my only criticism.Really, I could have spent another several months in 1746 New York with our feckless chameleon of a narrator, Mr Smith So many books these days are just bloated, but this was one I didn t want to end And so many historical novels either are filled with bloopers or wear their research creakily and showily, like a heavy suit of armor, but I believed in this recreation of colonial New York and trusted it and [...]

    Sherwood Smith

    This is easily the best historical novel I ve read in recent years.Except for the horrible spelling of all right as alright so jarring every time I see it , the narrative voice not only reflects the vocabulary of the time, but also the graceful Enlightenment era cadences No awkward sentence fragments or clunky single line paragraphs It s beautifully written, and the narrative voice s identity is as much a surprise as is the secrets held by the mysterious young Mr Smith, who arrives in New York i [...]


    Published in 2016,Golden Hill A Novel of Old New York is a swashbuckling debut novel by British author, Francis Spufford It is recipient of the Costa First Novel Award, the Ondaatje Prize and the Desmond Elliott Prize I am not typically a reader of historical fiction but I am impressed by Spufford s credible creation of 18th century New York set in the turbulent days before the American Revolution It is imaginative period drama told in a narrative voice and written correspondence that are true t [...]


    Cheeky and brilliant and secretive and wittyd then brutal and lovely and shocking and sad 4.5, oh heck, 5 It was excellent.


    The impetus of the tide was lost in the width of the water, and they drifted onward, only, across a surface as steady as metal, as well as having its colour, while the crew hoisted sail, to catch the little cats paws of breeze that came wrinkling and dabbing the water, scuffing the water as they touched it, from silver into pewter If you don t enjoy sentences like that, stay away from this book There is some very flashy writing in this book, and lots of good period details, but ultimately it is [...]


    Mr Smith turns up in New York in the mid 18th Century with an order for 1,000, an enormous sum of money for the time He won t explain the whos, whys or whatnots and becomes a figure of great intrigue amongst the close knit community In the two months he lives there he gets involved in various scandals and falls for a young girl who frustrates and delights him in equal measure Eventually, as the book comes to a close, we learn of why he is in New York and what the money is for.This book is beauti [...]


    I m rather in the minority camp with Golden Hill Most people seem to have adored it, while it left me a little cold.There were certainly things that I liked in the novel, notably the evocation of a mid 18thC, Lilliputian New York of 7,000 inhabitants, as seen through the sophisticated eyes of an inhabitant of giant, metropolitan London whose population was 700, 000 at the time, as Francis Spufford informs us in the endnote The New York of Golden Hill is very Dutch still, or Dutch English just on [...]

    Sid Nuncius

    Like almost everyone else, I think this is brilliant It s gripping, superbly written and quite remarkably evocative of a time and a place.The time and place are November 1765, New York Into this small city of 7000 people arrives Richard Smith from England charming, attractive and mysterious, he is there on an errand or mission which he reveals to no one, including the reader His adventures and misadventures over the next couple of months are involving and exciting, and give us a wonderful portra [...]

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