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Showing all books by: Francis Spufford

Golden Hill
A chap gets off a boat in 18th Century New York and heads straight to the nearest branch of Barclays(?) where he produces a paper claiming that he should be paid 1,000. Is he a genuine wealthy client no-one would want to offend? Or merely some fraudster? Only time and the unfolding of a convoluted plot will tell...
Jolly good, lots of evocative detail on life in 18th century New York, and some mostly excellent characters (although the romance strand seemed a bit overly weird). Apparently there is a good plot twist at the end but I have forgotten it. No, it's coming back, something to do with slaves I think.
Score: 8
Published: 2016
Read: February 12th 2017