Ely writer Francis Spufford wins top book prize and £10,000

Francis Spufford

Francis Spufford - Credit: Archant

An Ely writer has won a top book prize and £10,000 for his debut novel.

Golden Hill

Golden Hill - Credit: Archant

Francis Spufford was awarded the Desmond Elliott Prize for his book ‘Golden Hill’.

Mr Spufford, 53, told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire he was “delighted”.

“I feel a little bit of a fraud as a first novelist since I’m so old to be writing one for the first time.

“This is wildly better than the biggest daydream I’d even dared to have about it.”

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It’s the third prize the Ely author has won for ‘Golden Hill’, having been awarded the Costa First Novel award and the Ondaatje Prize.

Topping & Company Booksellers of Ely said: “Francis is a great favourite in Ely and ‘Golden Hill’ is destined to become a true classic.

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“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.”

To buy the book visit www.amazon.co.uk

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