Paula Hawkins (author)

British novelist
This article is about the British author. For the American politician, see Paula Hawkins.
Paula Hawkins
Paula Hawkins Göteborg Book Fair 2015.jpg
Hawkins at Gothenburg Book Fair in 2015
Born (1972-08-26) 26 August 1972 (age 44)
Harare, Zimbabwe
Pen name
  • Paula Hawkins
  • Amy Silver
Occupation Novelist, journalist
Nationality British
Alma mater Keble College, Oxford
Notable works The Girl on the Train

Paula Hawkins (born 26 August 1972) is a British author, best known for her best-selling psychological thriller novel The Girl on the Train (2015), which deals with themes of domestic violence, alcohol, and drug abuse.[1][2] The novel was adapted into a film starring Emily Blunt in 2016.[3] Hawkins' second novel, Into the Water, is scheduled for release in 2017.[4]


Life and careerEdit

Hawkins was born and raised in Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe). Her father was an economics professor and financial journalist. Before moving to London in 1989[5] at the age of 17, Hawkins attended Arundel School, Harare, Zimbabwe then studied for her A-Levels at Collingham College, an independent college in Kensington. Hawkins read philosophy, politics and economics at Keble College, University of Oxford.[6] She worked as a journalist for The Times, reporting on business. She then worked for a number of publications on a freelance basis, and wrote a financial advice book for women, The Money Goddess.[2]

Around 2009, Hawkins began to write romantic comedy fiction under the name Amy Silver, writing four novels including Confessions of a Reluctant Recessionista. She did not achieve any commercial breakthrough until she challenged herself to write a darker, more serious story. Her best-selling novel The Girl on the Train (2015), was a complex thriller, with themes of domestic violence, alcohol, and drug abuse.[2] The novel took her six months, writing full-time, to complete, at a time when she was in a difficult financial situation and had to borrow from her father to be able to complete it. The novel was adapted into a film in 2016.[1] She lives in South London.



  1. ^ a b Saner, Emine (21 April 2015). "The Girl on the Train: how Paula Hawkins wrote 'the new Gone Girl'". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c Alter, Alexandra (30 January 2015). "Welcoming the Dark Twist in Her Career". New York Times. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  3. ^ Dargis, Manohla (2016-10-05). "Review: In 'The Girl on the Train,' a Boozy Emily Blunt Never Winks". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-12-08. 
  4. ^ Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
  5. ^ "Author: Paula Hawkins". Random House. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  6. ^ "Twitter post". Twitter. Keble College, Oxford. Retrieved 3 August 2016. 

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