Paula Hawkins (author)

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Paula Hawkins
Hawkins at Gothenburg Book Fair in 2015
Hawkins at Gothenburg Book Fair in 2015
Born (1972-08-26) 26 August 1972 (age 49)
Salisbury, Rhodesia
Pen name
  • Amy Silver
OccupationNovelist, journalist
Alma materKeble College, Oxford
Notable works

Paula Hawkins (born 26 August 1972) is a British author best known for her top-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 thriller novel, Into the Water, was released in 2017.[4]

Life and career[edit]

Hawkins was born and raised in Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe), the daughter of Anthony "Tony" Hawkins and his wife Glynne.[5] Her father was an economics professor and financial journalist. Before moving to London in 1989 aged 17, Hawkins attended Arundel School, Harare, Zimbabwe then studied for her A-Levels at Collingham College, an independent college in Kensington, West London.[6] Hawkins read philosophy, politics and economics at Keble College, University of Oxford.[6][7] 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 commercial breakthrough until she challenged herself to write a darker, more serious story.[6] 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. The novel was adapted into a film in 2016.[1] In November 2016, she was listed as one of BBC's 100 Women.[8] Paula's second thriller, Into The Water was published in May 2017 and went on to become a Sunday Times and NYT bestseller. Her novel A Slow Fire Burning was published on 31 August 2021.

Paula splits her time between London and Edinburgh. Since 2015, she has dated Simon Davis, a York-based personal injury lawyer 13 years her senior. Before him, Paula had a long relationship with a boyfriend. When they split, she let her former partner stay with her in the apartment in Brixton, London, on Lyham Road, where they still live together.[9]


  • The Money Goddess: The Complete Financial Makeover (2006) (Paula Hawkins)
  • Guerrilla Learning: How to Give Your Kids a Real Education With or Without School (2001) (with co-author Grace Llewellyn) (ISBN 978-0-471-34960-0)
  • Confessions of a Reluctant Recessionista (2009) (Amy Silver) ISBN 9780099543558[10]
  • All I Want for Christmas (2010) (Amy Silver) ISBN 9780099553229[11]
  • One Minute to Midnight (2011) (Amy Silver) ISBN 9780099564638[12]
  • The Reunion (2013) (Amy Silver) ISBN 9780099574491[13]
  • The Girl on the Train (2015) (Paula Hawkins) ISBN 9781594634024[14]
  • Into the Water (2017) (Paula Hawkins) ISBN 9780735211209
  • A Slow Fire Burning (2021) (Paula Hawkins)


  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 (5 October 2016). "Review: In 'The Girl on the Train,' a Boozy Emily Blunt Never Winks". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  4. ^ Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
  5. ^ Hawkins, Paula (2 May 2017). Into the Water: The addictive Sunday Times No. 1 bestseller. ISBN 978-1-4735-4221-1.
  6. ^ a b c Runaway success: Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train. Portraits by Pal Hansen Evening Standard
  7. ^ "Twitter post". Twitter. Keble College, Oxford. Retrieved 3 August 2016.
  8. ^ "BBC 100 Women 2016: Who is on the list?". BBC News. 21 November 2016. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  9. ^ "Who is Paula Hawkins's New Boyfriend". 8 November 2015.
  10. ^ Confessions of a Reluctant Recessionista by Amy Silver
  11. ^ All I Want for Christmas by Amy Silver
  12. ^ One Minute to Midnight by Amy Silver
  13. ^ The Reunion by Amy Silver
  14. ^ The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

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