The Last Confession of Thomas Hawkins

The Last Confession of Thomas Hawkins

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Released June 4, 2015
ISBN 9781444775457

£29.99

Spring, 1728. A young, well-dressed man is dragged through the streets of London to the gallows at Tyburn. The crowds jeer and curse as he passes, calling him a murderer. He tries to remain calm. His name is Tom Hawkins and he is innocent. 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 with Kitty Sparks. Life was good. 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 Henrietta Howard, the king's mistress, in her desperate struggles with a brutal husband. 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...

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Antonia Hodgson

Antonia Hodgson was born in Derby and studied English Language and Literature at the University of Leeds. She moved to London in 1994 where she began a career in publishing.

In 2014 Hodder published her debut, The Devil in the Marshalsea (spoiler alert: no vampires). Set in September 1727, it introduced Tom Hawkins - a lovable/infuriating young rake - who is forced to investigate a murder in the debtors’ prison in order to save his own life.

The book was shortlisted for several prestigious prizes including the Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year, and was the winner of the CWA/Endeavour Historical Dagger. It was also chosen for the Waterstones Book Club and the Richard & Judy Book Club. It has been translated into several languages.

The series continued with the critically acclaimed The Last Confession of Thomas Hawkins and A Death At Fountains Abbey. In February 2017 she published her first short story - The Night Before the Hanging - as part of the Quick Reads crime anthology.

Antonia's new book, The Silver Collar, is due for publication in August 2020.

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