Antonia Hodgson on her title The Last Confession of Thomas Hawkins

Posted on: 10/10/2014 with tags: antonia hodgson, eighteenth century, historical crime, historical fiction, London, The Devil in the Marshalsea, the last confession of thomas hawkins, title reveal, Tom Hawkins, Medieval

One of the highlights of this year has been the publication of THE DEVIL IN THE MARSHALSEA by Antonia Hodgson. The hardcover garnered brilliant reviews in the press, from bloggers and fellow authors and Antonia won the Historical Dagger Award and has been shortlisted for the John Creasey Dagger for Best Debut Crime Novel of 2014. The paperback has been selected for both the Richard and Judy and Waterstones Book Clubs. 

Antonia has been hard at work on her second historical crime novel to feature Tom Hawkins, which we’re really looking forward to publishing in March 2015, and we are now ready to reveal the title…


Antonia told us a little bit about the book, and how she came to choose this title:

‘I’m really excited about my new book, The Last Confession of Thomas Hawkins. The title is inspired by real criminal biographies from the eighteenth century. Condemned prisoners would sometimes write a confession of their crimes and sell the book at their hanging. The profits would go to their family, or pay for a decent burial, away from the anatomists.

While I hope the book stands alone, The Last Confession of Thomas Hawkins is also a sequel to The Devil in the Marshalsea. As the title suggests, Tom Hawkins is once again in trouble. It’s been fascinating to explore how Tom has been changed by his experiences in the Marshalsea. The story has expanded out into the streets of London: the risky charms of Covent Garden, the dark horrors of St Giles and the deadly games of the court. 

It’s a world of opportunity and threat, where one mistake can destroy a life in an instant. As with my first book, it’s inspired in part by a true story. It’s also a love story, but don’t let that put you off. It’s mainly about choice and freedom, innocence and guilt, revenge, betrayal and murder.’

THE LAST CONFESSION OF THOMAS HAWKINS will be published by Hodder & Stoughton in hardcover and as an eBook on 26 March 2015. THE DEVIL IN THE MARSHALSEA is available now in paperback and as an eBook. To find out more about Antonia Hodgson and her novels, Like her Facebook page and follow her on Twitter. 


Amy Dolman

Post author: Amy Dolman

Amy is responsible for the smooth running of the H for History website, and enjoys reading history-based fantasy. She also like to photograph sites of historical interest in her spare time with a cup of bovril and a pork pie for company. Favourite period of history: Ancient; Favourite historical read: Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave; Upcoming book i'm most looking forward to: Mister Memory by Marcus Sedgwick

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