Hear from a masterful new voice in suspense, as Paula Hawkins recounts the twists and turns of her journey to ‘overnight success’, and dissects our insatiable interest in elegantly-crafted and emotionally-nuanced literary thrillers. In conversation with Hilary Harper.
It was the book every commuter seemed to have in their hands in 2015. A tautly written psychological thriller with lashings of Hitchcock and Agatha Christie, Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train explored society’s voyeuristic impulses, alcoholism and the disconcerting unreliability of memory.
Even more riveting than The Girl on the Train, though, is the story of how it came into being. A debut novel that becomes an international bestseller and is quickly optioned by Hollywood? It seems like every writer’s dream – but according to Hawkins, it wasn’t nearly that straightforward. The Girl on the Train ‘was a last roll of the dice for me as a fiction writer’, she’s admitted.
From humble beginnings as 774 ABC Melbourne’s traffic reporter, where she inserted occasional haiku into the breakfast show, Hilary Harper now presents the Saturdays morning show. From food and sustainability to relationships, pets and gardening, she explores how the little things in life reveal much about us.
Paula Hawkins worked as a journalist for fifteen years before turning her hand to fiction. Born and brought up in Zimbabwe, Paula moved to London in 1989 and has lived there ever since. The Girl on the Train is her first thriller. It has been published in over forty languages and has been a bestseller around the world. It has been optioned for film by Dreamworks.