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Book review: Golden Hill by Francis Spufford

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Francis Spufford is such a prolific and well-respected writer that it’s hard to believe that Golden Hill, his lively historical novel set in 18th-century New York, is his first work of fiction. Spufford is best known for his admirable career in non-fiction, including as the writer of the punchy and pithy Unapologetic, a very modern defence of Christianity, and I May Be Some Time, a cultural history of man’s relationship with the ice caps. How does such an expert in argument and history deal with adding the imaginary into the mix?

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