The HPtFtU

Christopher Tayler

  • Golden Hill by Francis Spufford
    Faber, 344 pp, £16.99, May 2016, ISBN 978 0 571 22519 4

Britain is good at producing historians, biographers, nature and travel writers and so on, but thanks, perhaps, to a not very extensive magazine infrastructure, powerful marketing departments at publishing houses, and a historical tendency to disaggregate writing into well-defined genres, it isn’t good at knowing what to do with writers who set out their stalls in the equivocal zone where the techniques of fiction and non-fiction intermingle outside the ambit of the novel.

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