Francis Spufford’s Golden Hill wins RSL ONDAATJE PRIZE 2017


“This is that rare thing – an ingenious novel that draws on profound research to evoke the spirit of another age, yet wears that research lightly. An astonishing achievement, intoxicating in its virtuosity.”

Henry Hitchings – RSL Ondaatje 2017 Judge

We are very pleased to annouce that Francis has won the Ondaatje Prize with Golden Hill. 

Golden Hill, Francis Spufford’s joyous romp through 18th-century New York, has added the Royal Society of Literature’s prestigious Ondaatje prize to its growing list of accolades. Describing the novel as “an unpredictable, exhilarating, protean novel”, the judges placed Spufford’s fiction debut at the top of five titles shortlisted for the £10,000 prize, which goes to a book of fiction, nonfiction or poetry that best evokes the “spirit of a place”. Continue reading on the Guardian here.

Read the RSL press release here.

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