Antonia Hodgson's debut novel THE DEVIL IN THE MARSHALSEA was a Richard Judy Book Club pick, and was also shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey Dagger 2014. Antonia has received critical acclaim for her first two books and her newest historical crime novel promises to be another dark, witty and twisting ride. Praise for THE DEVIL IN THE MARSHALSEA 'Hodgson has a knack for convincing dialogue that crackles with period cadence and flavour.' Daily Mail 'Historical fiction just doesn't get any better than this. THE DEVIL IN THE MARSHALSEA offers up a riveting, fast-paced story, a richness of tone and a depth of detail that would put most academics to shame. And good Tom Hawkins is one of the best protagonists to come along in years. Magnificent!' Jeffery Deaver
Antonia Hodgson was born and grew up in Derby and studied English at the University of Leeds. Her debut novel, THE DEVIL IN THE MARSHALSEA, won the CWA Historical Dagger in 2014 and was shortlisted for the John Creasey First Novel award. In the US, Publishers Weekly named it one of the top 10 Mystery/Thriller titles of the year. She was first introduced to the early Georgians while taking 'A' level History. Unfortunately the course focused almost exclusively on George II's ministerial reshuffles, a subject even George II found staggeringly dull. It was only later, on discovering Hogarth, The Beggar's Opera and Moll Flanders, that she became fascinated by an often-neglected period of British history. Her favourite quote about London in the 1720s comes from a disapproving Swiss traveller, who complained that 'debauch runs wild with an unblushing countenance'. Antonia lives in London, where she works as an editor.