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Paula Hawkins | Biography

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Paula Hawkins was born on August 26, 1972, in Harare, Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia). She was a financial journalist and published romantic comedies under a pen name before she hit the best-seller lists with her psychological thriller, The Girl on the Train, in 2015.

Paula Hawkins grew up among intellectuals, diplomats, and artists in Zimbabwe before her family moved back to England in 1989. She graduated from Oxford University with a degree in philosophy, politics, and economics. An interest in economics and finance ran in the family—her father was an economics professor, and she worked at the financial desk for The Times and various other publications until the market crash in 2008–09. In 2009 Paula Hawkins turned to fiction, publishing four romantic comedies under the pen name Amy Silver with little success. In what she calls a last effort to establish herself as a fiction writer, Hawkins borrowed money from her father and holed up in her apartment for six months to write a thriller. Desperate for a contract so she could put food on the table, Hawkins had her agent send the manuscript to publishers before it was finished, creating a bidding war. The rest, as they say, is history.

The Girl on the Train, a departure from romance and exploring the darker subjects of alcoholism and domestic abuse, met with overwhelming commercial and critical success. Hailing the expertly drawn characters and the unique structure of the novel, critics helped catapult The Girl on the Train to best-seller lists all over the world. The novel has been published in some 50 countries in more than 40 languages, selling more than 18 million copies worldwide. One year after its publication in 2015, the novel was made into a star-studded motion picture directed by Tate Taylor, starring Emily Blunt as Rachel Watson, Haley Bennett as Megan Hipwell, Rebecca Ferguson as Anna Watson, and Justin Theroux as Tom Watson.

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