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Antonia Hodgson - Author

About the Author

Antonia Hodgson w as born and grew up in Derby and studied English at the University of Leeds. Her debut novel, THE DEVIL IN THE MARSHALSEA, won the CW A Historical Dagger in 2014 and was shortlisted for the John Creasey First Novel award. In the US, Publishers Weekly named it one of the top 10 Mystery/Thriller titles of the year. She was first introduced to the early Georgians while taking 'A' level History. Unfortunately the course focused almost exclusively on George II's ministerial reshuffles, a subject even George II found staggeringly dull. It was only later, on discovering Hogarth, The Beggar's Opera and Moll Flanders, that she became fascinated by an often-neglected period of British history. Her favourite quote about London in the 1720s comes from a disapproving Swiss traveller, who complained that 'debauch runs wild with an unblushing countenance'. Antonia lives in London, where she works as an editor.

 

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Featured books by Antonia Hodgson

The Devil in the Marshalsea

The Devil in the Marshalsea

Author: Antonia Hodgson Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/08/2014

Shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2015. London, 1727 - and Tom Hawkins is about to fall from his heaven of card games, brothels and coffee-houses into the hell of a debtors' prison. The Marshalsea is a savage world of its own, with simple rules: those with family or friends who can lend them a little money may survive in relative comfort. Those with none will starve in squalor and disease. And those who try to escape will suffer a gruesome fate at the hands of the gaol's rutheless governor and his cronies. The trouble is, Tom Hawkins has never been good at following rules - even simple ones. And the recent grisly murder of a debtor, Captain Roberts, has brought further terror to the gaol. While the Captain's beautiful widow cries for justice, the finger of suspicion points only one way: to the sly, enigmatic figure of Samuel Fleet. Some call Fleet a devil, a man to avoid at all costs. But Tom Hawkins is sharing his cell. Soon, Tom's choice is clear: get to the truth of the murder - or be the next to die. A twisting mystery, a dazzling evocation of early 18th Century London, THE DEVIL IN THE MARSHALSEA is a thrilling debut novel full of intrigue and suspense.

The Devil in the Marshalsea

The Devil in the Marshalsea

Author: Antonia Hodgson Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/1970

I had spent three years at Oxford studying to join the clergy. Three years of rising at dawn to pray, daily seminars in classics, divinity and logic … before rushing back to church for evening prayers and finally to bed. Unfortunately, it was in that gap between evening prayers and bed where I was tested; and failed magnificently. If only God had put fewer hours in the day. And not invented twins. It’s 1727. Tom Hawkins is damned if he’s going to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a country parson. Not for him a quiet life of prayer and propriety. His preference is for wine, women and cards. But there’s a sense of honour there too, and Tom won’t pull family strings to get himself out of debt - not even when faced with the appalling horrors of London’s notorious debtors’ prison: The Marshalsea Gaol. Offered the opportunity to free himself by solving a murder, Tom finds his principles tested to the limit. He is forced to navigate a new world of hitherto unimaginable corruption and violence.

Other books by Antonia Hodgson

A Death at Fountains Abbey

A Death at Fountains Abbey

Author: Antonia Hodgson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2017

'In a tale that more than matches its predecessors for pace and atmosphere, Hawkins is forced into confrontation with a psychopathic killer...hugely enjoyable' The Sunday Times 'You will burn.' Late spring, 1728. Fresh from his escape from the gallows, Thomas Hawkins has arrived in Yorkshire with his ward, Sam Fleet. But death still has a hand upon his shoulder, even in such idyllic surroundings. John Aislabie, Tom's reluctant host, is being tormented by anonymous letters threatening murder. A disgraced politician, Aislabie certainly has plenty of enemies. But, trapped in a house haunted by old tragedies, Tom begins to suspect that the danger lies much closer to home. Someone is playing a subtle and deadly game of revenge, years in the planning. And now Tom is standing in their way...

Das Sundenhaus

Das Sundenhaus

Author: Antonia Hodgson Format: eBook Release Date: 18/08/2017

Morderische Rache in Fountains Abbey - Antonia Hodgson setzt ihre preisgekronte historische Thriller-Serie ("e;Das Teufelsloch"e;, "e;Der Galgenvogel"e;) fulminant fort. Frhjahr 1728. Auf eine "e;Bitte"e; von Englands Knigin Queen Caroline reist Tom Hawkins, mit allen Wassern gewaschener Gentleman, zum Herrenhaus von John Aislabie in Yorkshire. Doch die lndliche Idylle entpuppt sich fr Tom schnell als Hexenkessel: Die Queen wird von Aislabie erpresst, denn der ehemalige Schatzkanzler war mitverantwortlich fr die "e;Sdseeblase"e;, den grten Finanzskandal des 18. Jahrhunderts. Aislabie wiederum erhlt seit einiger Zeit zunehmend blutigere Drohbriefe. Ehe Tom es sich versieht, gert er zwischen alle Fronten und mitten hinein in einen mrderischen Racheplan. Britischer (Galgen-)Humor, Tempo und authentische Einblicke in die Intrigen des 18. Jahrhunderts - das ist Antonia Hodgson!

Der Galgenvogel

Der Galgenvogel

Author: Antonia Hodgson Format: eBook Release Date: 26/10/2016

Nach "e;Das Teufelsloch"e; begeistert die britische Erfolgsautorin Antonia Hodgson mit ihrem neuen historischen Thriller "e;Der Galgenvogel"e;. London anno 1728: Der schwefelgelb flackernde Schein ruiger llampen, belkeit erregender Gestank frisch geleerter Nachttpfe im Rinnstein, und in den schmalen Gassen das Zischen und Fauchen schwarzer Ratten Durch diese Straen wird ein gut gekleideter junger Mann zum Galgen nach Tyburn geschleppt. Die Menge am Straenrand nennt ihn einen Mrder. Er versucht ruhig zu bleiben. Sein Name ist Tom Hawkins, und er ist unschuldig. Irgendwie muss er es schaffen, das zu beweisen, bevor der Strick sich um seinen Hals legt. Natrlich ist alles seine eigene Schuld. Das Leben war gut, nachdem er dem Schuldgefngnis "e;The Marshalsea"e; entronnen war. Er htte dem gefhrlichsten Kriminellen Londons ja nicht erzhlen mssen, dass er "e;auf Abenteuer aus"e; sei. Er htte niemals der Mtresse von King George Hilfe anbieten drfen. Und vor allem htte er nie der scharfsinnigen und berechnenden Queen Caroline trauen sollen. Sie versprach ihm fr sein Schweigen einen kniglichen Straferlass - doch letztlich schweigt niemand besser als ein Toter ...

The Last Confession of Thomas Hawkins Thomas Hawkins Book 2

The Last Confession of Thomas Hawkins Thomas Hawkins Book 2

Author: Antonia Hodgson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/07/2016

London, 1728. A young, well-dressed man is driven through streets of jeering onlookers to the gallows at Tyburn. They call him a murderer. But Tom Hawkins is innocent and somehow he has to prove it, before the rope squeezes the life out of him. It is, of course, all his own fault. He was happy settling down with Kitty Sparks. He should never have told the most dangerous criminal in London that he was bored and looking for adventure. He should never have offered to help, the king's mistress. And most of all, he should never have trusted the witty, calculating Queen Caroline. She has promised him a royal pardon if he holds his tongue but then again, there is nothing more silent than a hanged man. Based loosely on actual events, Antonia Hodgson's new novel is both a sequel to The Devil in the Marshalsea and a standalone historical mystery. From the gilded cage of the Court to the wicked freedoms of the slums, it reveals a world both seductive and deadly. And it continues the rake's progress of Tom Hawkins - assuming he can find a way to survive the noose...

The Devil in the Marshalsea

The Devil in the Marshalsea

Author: Antonia Hodgson Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/07/2015

The Devil in the Marshalsea

The Devil in the Marshalsea

Author: Antonia Hodgson Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/08/2014

Shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2015. London, 1727 - and Tom Hawkins is about to fall from his heaven of card games, brothels and coffee-houses into the hell of a debtors' prison. The Marshalsea is a savage world of its own, with simple rules: those with family or friends who can lend them a little money may survive in relative comfort. Those with none will starve in squalor and disease. And those who try to escape will suffer a gruesome fate at the hands of the gaol's rutheless governor and his cronies. The trouble is, Tom Hawkins has never been good at following rules - even simple ones. And the recent grisly murder of a debtor, Captain Roberts, has brought further terror to the gaol. While the Captain's beautiful widow cries for justice, the finger of suspicion points only one way: to the sly, enigmatic figure of Samuel Fleet. Some call Fleet a devil, a man to avoid at all costs. But Tom Hawkins is sharing his cell. Soon, Tom's choice is clear: get to the truth of the murder - or be the next to die. A twisting mystery, a dazzling evocation of early 18th Century London, THE DEVIL IN THE MARSHALSEA is a thrilling debut novel full of intrigue and suspense.

Das Teufelsloch

Das Teufelsloch

Author: Antonia Hodgson Format: eBook Release Date: 18/08/2014

1727. Tom Hawkins will lieber verdammt sein, als Landpfarrer zu werden wie sein Vater. Er liebt die Frauen, das Bier und das Glucksspiel - und landet eines Nachts im beruchtigten Londoner Schuldgefangnis The Marshalsea. Schnell erkennt Tom, dass in diesem "e;Teufelsloch"e; nur uberlebt, wer sich nutzlich machen kann: Er verdingt sich als Ermittler in einem hinterlistigen Gefangnismord - eine Idee, an der sein dusterer Zellengenosse Fleet sogleich Gefallen findet. Doch Tom ist auf der Hut, gilt Fleet doch selbst bei den abgebruhtesten Butteln des Marshalsea als Ausgeburt der Holle... "e;Ein historischer Thriller, der besser nicht sein knnte - groartig!"e; Jeffery Deaver"e;So gut, dass man sich fragt, ob die Autorin selbst im "e;Marshalsea"e; gesessen hat - das wird ein Renner!"e; Historical Novel Society"e;Wirklich etwas ganz Neues auf dem Feld historischer Thriller!"e; Daily Express"e;Ein brillantes Debt, das den Gestank und die brodelnde Atmosphre des Gefngnisses meisterhaft einfngt."e; The Times"e;Hodgson macht die Verzweiflung im "e;Marshalsea"e; krperlich sprbar und streut geschickt Hinweise auf die Lsung des Rtsels."e; PW Starred Review

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