Francis Spufford is a great favourite here in Ely. A true polymath, his previous books have ranged from a consideration of ice in literature to Unapologetic, his witty and intelligent defence of the importance of Christianity in the twenty-first century. Now he has written his first novel, Golden Hill, which is destined to become a true classic. Harking back to the swaggering novels of the eighteenth century, it celebrates New York in its earliest days, with gloriously rich historic detail. It is the tale of a young man always on the brink of disaster, of great fortunes and a country full of anticipation and excitement. Francis is a wonderful speaker who is guaranteed to bring this fabulous story to life.