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Dreaming of a golden future: there will always be people willing to sacrifice all in the pursuit of gold

In a review of Gold Fever by Steve Boggan Sara Wheeler discovers that the search for gold is as addictive as crack cocaine

11 April 2015

9:00 AM

11 April 2015

9:00 AM

Gold Fever: One Man’s Adventures on the Trail of the Gold Rush Steve Boggan

Oneworld, pp.336, £14.99

In 2008, the price of gold lofted above $1,000 an ounce for the first time in history, inspiring a rush of small-scale panners to head for the diggings with hope in their hearts. As the price of the metal fell and rose again — it nearly touched $2,000 an ounce in 2011 — journalist Steve Boggan contracted a touch of gold fever himself.

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