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Costa shortlisted novelists Guinevere Glasfurd and Francis Spufford in Ely

Thursday 15th December 2016

  • Venue The Bookshop, 9 High Street, Ely, CB7 4LJ
  • Doors open 7.10pm
  • Start time 7.30pm
Image of Costa shortlisted novelists Guinevere Glasfurd and Francis Spufford

We are delighted that two of our local authors have been shortlisted for this year’s Costa Book Award for First Novel: Guinevere Glasfurd and Francis Spufford. Please join us for a wonderful celebration of their success at The Bookshop, and hear from them about these astounding debut novels.

Francis Spufford’s The Golden Hill is a richly detailed story of New York in the mid-1700s; a young Mr Smith steps off a boat with a bill for £1,000 and a mysterious past. What follows is a glorious period adventure that has been compared to the work of Henry Fielding; a vividly evoked portrait of the new America, full of scandal, coffee, duels and mysteries. Francis is a writer we have long admired, and we are thrilled that his first foray into fiction has gained such acclaim; it’s thoroughly deserved!
The Words in My Hand, Guinevere Glasfurd’s debut novel, is a beautiful telling of a long forgotten story, of the shadowy woman who appears, cryptically and obscurely, in biographies of René Descartes. Her name is Helena, and she is a lowly maid so desperate to have a voice that she writes over her arms with beetroot juice. When a lodger who can match her intelligence and interest joins the household, Helena’s life is overturned. This is one of our favourite novels this year; a beautiful and moving account of a woman previously consigned to historical obscurity.