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Hawkins, Paula. THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN. London, England: Doubleday & Company, 2015. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 320 pages. As New/As New.

The author's breakthrough debut novel. One of the most sensational literary debuts of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the American Edition and copies that are signed on a tipped-in page. Published in a small and limited first print run that sold out shortly after publication. The book remains available in nth printings, having surpassed the 2-million-copy mark as of June 2015, less than six months after its release, and having sold 25 million copies as of early-2017. These numbers should give a clear indication of how small the first print run not only seems but really is. The First Edition is now rare. Presents Paula Hawkins' "The Girl On The Train". Her deservedly acclaimed first novel. "Jealousies and betrayals and wounded hearts. A haunting unease that clutches and won't let go. All this and more help propel Paula Hawkins' addictive debut into a new stratum of the psychological thriller genre. Hawkins teases out mystery with a veteran writer's finesse. A book to be devoured" (Neal Thompson). Although this is her first outing, Paula Hawkins has had fifteen years of training and preparation as a full-fledged, working journalist. What she has achieved is genuine: Her evocation of her characters' secrets and lies is painfully compelling. Her ambivalence about the voyeurism that characterizes contemporary life is something Alfred Hitchcock anticipated and would have approved of. But perhaps her finest achievement is Rachel, The Girl On The Train, a congenital liar-alcoholic who is difficult to like at best and exasperating at worst for most of the book until she completely redeems herself in the novel's climactic set piece, and brings the novel to its triumphant resolution. The basis of the near-fine Hollywood film adaptation in 2016, produced by Steven Spielberg, directed by Tate Taylor, with Emily Blunt in a career-defining performance as Rachel. An absolute "must-have" title for Paula Hawkins collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and dated (very shortly after publication) in black ink-pen on the title page by the author: "Paula Hawkins 03/03/15". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page, as most copies available online are. Laid-in is a pristine copy of the Souvenir Material of the event during which her signature was obtained. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of few such signed and publication-year dated copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing (British) still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: The book remains available in nth printings, having surpassed the 2-million-copy mark as of June 2015, less than six months after its release, and having sold 25 million copies as of early-2017. These numbers should give a clear indication of how small the first print run not only seems but really is, making true firsts highly collectible. A rare signed copy thus. One of the most brilliant British novelists in the thriller genre of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER PAULA HAWKINS AND KATE HAMER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1594633665. $90.00

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