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Antonia Hodgson
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Antonia Hodgson

Antonia Hodgson Biography

Antonia Hodgson is the editor in chief of Little, Brown UK. She lives in London and can see the last fragments of the old city wall from her living room. The Devil in the Marshalsea is her first novel.

This biography was last updated on 06/04/2014.

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As the editor-in-chief at Little, Brown UK, how has your role as an editor influenced your writing process?
I've tried my best not to let it influence me at all! Editing is an entirely separate process—it requires objectivity. While I'm writing I need to be completely immersed in the story, the characters. If I stopped to edit I'd lost my flow. Of course once the first draft is done I can then go back and edit and rewrite. But I still need an editor—very much so.

Have you always wanted to write a novel? Why did you choose to do so now?
I've always loved writing. I wrote a previous novel—it didn't work but I learned a lot from writing it over the course of about four years. So it wasn't really a matter of choice. I would feel unhappy if I didn't write.

How did the idea for the novel originate?
I had an idea for a time (the 1720s) and a character, Tom Hawkins. He's a bit of a bad boy, though fundamentally decent. He's a gambler who never prepares for tomorrow, relies a bit too much on charm and luck, and is terrible with money. In other words—bound for a debtors' prison. After that I quickly discovered a fascinating story about the Marshalsea ...

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The Devil in the Marshalsea
The Devil in the Marshalsea

by Antonia Hodgson

Thrilling new historical fiction starring a scoundrel with a heart of gold and set in the darkest debtors' prison in Georgian London, where people fall dead as quickly as they fall in love and no one is as they seem.
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