My desk

I have a study on the ground floor of my house, which is where I work. I’m no good at working in cafés or libraries, I like to be at home, without distractions. I don’t listen to music – in fact I get very grumpy about there being any noise at all.

I live on quite a quiet road, so generally I’m ok; I work with my back to the window to minimize time spent daydreaming or spying on the neighbours.

On the wall in front of my desk are many Post-its, detailing the plot of my new book. I find it really helpful to be able to look up and see where I am. Sometimes I’ll also pin up poems or quotes or pictures I find inspiring.

Paula Hawkins desk

My cluttered home study

On the wall behind me is a calendar showing me where I’m supposed to be and what I’m supposed to be doing over the next couple of months.

The room is pretty cluttered – it also serves as my gym, so there’s a treadmill and weights in it, too.

I have two large bookshelves where I keep books that are yet to be read, or ones I know I’m going to want to refer to often. I also have a shelf of my own foreign editions.

Paula Hawkins home study

Hawkins' study-cum-gym

  • The Girl on the Train


    ***Includes a preview of Paula's scorching new thriller, A Slow Fire Burning ***

    'Gripping, enthralling - a top-notch thriller and a compulsive read.' SJ Watson, bestselling author of BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP

    Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. 'Jess and Jason', she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy.

    And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough.

    Now everything's changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she's only watched from afar.

    Now they'll see; she's much more than just the girl on the train...

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