Golden Hill

Golden Hill

Our book group choice for February 2017 is Golden Hill by Francis Spufford. 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?

Discussion Questions Golden Hill

  1. Given the narrator is unreliable (if very funny) is there any character in the book that you can actually trust?
  2. If Wexford had a slave trade in 1746 , would it have grown as much as New York?

Individual Comments

DKB’s Rating: Harrowing and compelling.

DKB's Rating ★★★★☆