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Robert Goddard

Welcome to the world of my books: a collection of more than twenty mystery thrillers that I am confident will enthrall and satisfy lovers of the genre. Unprincipled chicanery; unsolved crimes; unforgiven betrayals; unforgotten jealousies: these are the sinews of my stories.

They range across different times and places, springing from such contrasting roots as Liberal politics of the Edwardian period, the origins of the First World War and Irish neutrality during the Second, the invention of photography, the South Sea Bubble, the fate of the last ruling family of the Byzantine Empire and much, much more.

What they all have in common is the infinite capacity for intrigue and conspiracy in human nature - and the lengths to which some at least will go to combat them. The pleasure of creating these plots can only be increased by sharing them with my readers.

So, come on in.

But be warned. The water's deep. And dark.

Robert Goddard was born in Hampshire in 1954. He was educated at Price’s School, Fareham, and Peterhouse, Cambridge, where he read History. After qualifying as a teacher, he worked as a local government officer for ten years before becoming a full-time novelist.

Robert Goddard describes how and why he became a writer:

I was a writer, in the sense of being a storyteller - an avid elaborator and refashioner of events for my own and others’ entertainment - from my childhood on. I was also an eager student of history, spending every Saturday I could in the local reference library poring over history books in a bid to understand the world I grew up in. These two impulses - to alter reality and also to master it - are the foundations of my fiction. At that time, I also thought being a novelist would be enormously glamorous. I imagined myself emerging from steam-wreathed railway stations in exotic locations with a typewriter and a whisky bottle in my bag, a knowing smile playing around my lips.

Glamour is actually in short supply for novelists, other than what figures in the stories they create. So is financial security, of course, which is why I tried, soberly and sensibly, to apply myself to other career options after university, only to discover that I wasn’t cut out for any of them. It became painfully clear that I was a writer or nothing. But what sort of writer?

I was frustrated and disappointed by a lot of contemporary fiction I read in the 1970s and 1980s, so I set out to write a novel that did what I wanted more novels to do: tell a tightly constructed and densely plotted story engrossingly and satisfyingly. This involves a lot of planning, a part of the process I enjoyed greatly from the start. Naturally, it also requires a central idea for the story to grow from.

I recall worrying during the writing of that first book, Past Caring, that ideas for future books might be hard to come by. But it hasn’t worked out like that. One idea seems to give birth to another. It’s become an addictive occupation, for me and, I’m glad to say, for many of my readers. And it’s not an addiction I have any intention of trying to kick. I’m in it for life.


The Ways of the World - Free Prologue Download

The Ways of the World - the first book in Robert's extraordinary The Wide World trilogy is published in paperback on 19th June 2014.For fans who can’t wait to find out more, Robert has …

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Posted: 15th April 2014 @ 12:48 pm

Robert introduces The Ways of the World

In recent years, Robert Goddard has been described as ‘the master of the triple double-cross’ (The Times), ‘a conjurer’ (Guardian) and ‘a compelling storyteller’ …

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Posted: 9th January 2014 @ 9:49 am

Telegrams from Paris - Follow Robert's historical facts of the day on Twitter

To coincide with the publication of The Ways of the World, Robert has written a series of bite-sized facts that will be Tweeted daily from

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Posted: 3rd July 2013 @ 5:24 pm

Become a fan of Robert on Facebook

Robert now has his very own Facebook page, which will be maintained and updated by his UK publishers, Transworld.This will be the first place to hear latest news on books and events fro …

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Posted: 3rd July 2013 @ 5:12 pm

WIN lunch with Robert Goddard

To celebrate the upcoming publication of Robert's brand new thriller, The Ways of the World, we're offering one lucky person (plus a guest) the chance to meet Robert for lunch. The new nov …

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Posted: 3rd July 2013 @ 5:08 pm

Download the free ebook prologue to The Ways of the World

As a special treat for fans who can’t wait for the 4th July to find out more, Robert has written a special prologue chapter, which is currently only available – along with the first cha …

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Posted: 3rd July 2013 @ 5:04 pm


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FROM: Lynne Wyatt-Minter

What a disappointment to see 'TO BE CONTINUED' at the end of 'Ways of the World'. Did your publisher rush you to wrap it up?

Posted: 7th February 2014 @ 6:15 am

FROM: Scott Mahan

Mr. Goddard- I a writing a book regarding my personal experiences with alternative medicine. I am hoping to inject some humor into my work. The book is still in the creation phase and there is no guarantee it will be published. I have been using a quote at the beginning of each chapter. On the chapter on acupuncture I would like to use your quote: " There must be something to acupuncture--you never see any sick porcupines." -Bob Goddard.

I appreciate you considering this request.

Sincerely, Scott Mahan

Posted: 3rd February 2014 @ 6:01 pm

FROM: Ray Langrish

When can we expect the continuation of ' Ways of the World' ?

Posted: 1st February 2014 @ 9:26 pm

FROM: Bill Hunter

O.K... ..When is the sequel Published.? On Tenterhooks Here. I have read,and own..all the Goddard novels.Can't wait.

Posted: 1st February 2014 @ 12:05 pm

FROM: Diane Mary Ryan

when is the sequel to The ways of the world coming out please

Posted: 16th January 2014 @ 9:00 pm

FROM: Dee Gordon

I just posted a message using my son's computer (Ben) and it came up as if it was from him - as he is autistic and doesn't read fiction, this could come across as really weird... in fact, it was me saying that I have been a fan from book one, awaiting each new book with anticipation. And I have just started re-reading from book one as just enough time has elapsed for me to have forgotten the twisted (in a good way) endings - I try to support British rather than American writers and there are very few, if any, in the Robert Goddard league in this country.

Posted: 8th January 2014 @ 10:34 am

FROM: Ben Gordon

Have been a fan since day one, awaiting each book with much anticipation. In fact, have just started re-reading from the beginning as such a lack of books of this calibre, and just enough time has elapsed so that I don't recall the twisted (in a good way) endings.

Posted: 8th January 2014 @ 10:25 am

FROM: Kevin Bolton

continued when

Posted: 1st January 2014 @ 6:31 am

FROM: Michael Ogden

I bought a Robert Goddard book, Closed Circle, from the charity book shelf at my HSBC for 50p. Maureen, the cashier, said it was a good read. And so it turned out to be. I then downloaded "Past Caring" on my Kindle which was equally good. Then found two more at HSBC, "Play To the End" and "Dying to Tell" and then have just finished "In Pale Battalions" on my Kindle. I think that weaving the tale around real history is a good format which makes for compelling reading. There is never a dull moment with Robert Goddard. Until last week had never heard of him!

Posted: 8th December 2013 @ 11:59 am

FROM: Sylvia Haines

So Henry is the father but who is his mother?

Posted: 7th December 2013 @ 6:10 pm

FROM: Keith Heeney


Bought 'The ways of the World' on release, unfortunately i read it in 2 days and am anticipating the 2nd of the trilogy. any chance it can be out in January? Harry Barnet is my favourtie character, humble, luckless but cool. Roll on the New RG book. Thanks, for the stupendous entertainment.

Posted: 6th December 2013 @ 11:50 am

FROM: Michael Collett

Will "The Ways Of The World" be available on Audible soon?

Posted: 3rd December 2013 @ 6:27 pm

FROM: Iain Norrington

started reading your books last year with "out of the sun" and immediately warmed to the character "harry Barnett" and loved all the twists and turns. so started to read all your books but in the order they were written and have just finished the 3rd book that featured Harry. "never go back" again a thrilling read, I suppose I liked the character because of his humble background and the fact that he shared a RAF national service with my father, but having read this last book feel that my ties to Harry are freakily strong. it all started fine but as the book progressed the outer Hebrides started to appear (my mother's birthplace) and then you introduced a character who lasted less than a chapter (as he was already dead) who has my NAME!!! as I said FREAKY. Nothing but nothing prepares you for the moment your own name appears in front of you (albeit with a different first name). looking forward to finishing all your books.

Posted: 27th November 2013 @ 3:26 pm

FROM: Jochen Gans

Mr. Goddard, my mother and i really love all of your written books . we (and a lot of other german reader) were very happy if your books would be translated into german again.

Posted: 22nd November 2013 @ 9:05 pm

FROM: Mike Haldenby

Mr a teacher of A level English Literature I am a huge fan of your work. I have read all your novels at least twice but still cannot work out what is going on in "Found Wanting". Am I alone in this?!?!?!

Posted: 21st November 2013 @ 9:39 pm

FROM: Sheila Vanloo

I am in the middle of Fault Line, which is evoking strong memories of St. Austell and the surrounding area from the 1960's. It is very hard to believe that Robert has written with such an intimate knowledge of the area of the time without being here himself in those days. I appreciate that all authors of his calibre thoroughly research the area and era they write about, but this feels like a personal account of the local people and places. Perhaps Vaunda Goddard grew up here and knows it so intimately?

Posted: 9th November 2013 @ 11:59 am

FROM: Mike King

The Ways of the World. In my opinion, the best book written by Robert Goddard. Even more thrilling is the fact that there is a sequel! Even better, maybe it's a Trilogy. Can't wait to find out what happens to our hero James.

Posted: 26th October 2013 @ 6:21 am

FROM: Deb Rushworth

Started "The Ways of the World" last night and just finished it 2 minutes ago. Reminded me so much of my other all time favourite "The Thirty-Nine Steps". Alas, I am impatient but believe I will have to be to wait for the next instalment! Really looking forward to it. Deb Australia.

Posted: 14th October 2013 @ 2:13 am

FROM: Marion Gibbins

I am annoyed with myself I started reading one of R Goddards books 5 years ago then lost the book ,the story is set in Cornwall ,I think ,and there is an auction of household effects and that is all I can remember .Any ideas for the book title ?

Posted: 13th October 2013 @ 1:37 pm

FROM: Frances Fidgeon

Well Robert what a good read when will the story be continued and what will happen to Max and Sam. This has been my first book of yours that I have read and it certainly wont be the last. Well done Robert. Frances Australia

Posted: 8th October 2013 @ 2:12 am

FROM: Lorraine Fisher

I especially like the books that are based in Cornwall. My ancestors owned Gwendra, near Veryan, for most of the 1700s.

Posted: 2nd October 2013 @ 4:24 am

FROM: Jenny England

Started reading Robert Goddard's books this year by taking out the very first one Past Caring (not knowing it was the first one then) and absolutely loved it. Have since got out as many as I see from the library then hubby reading after me. Have visited many of the parts of the world mentioned in the books. My husband has read the latest The Ways of the World not realising it "was to be continued". I have decided to wait until the next one comes out before reading this one. Have read Fault Line and Blood Count, love them all!!

Posted: 27th September 2013 @ 2:20 pm

FROM: Joy King

I have read all RG books (my favourite author of all time!) and just finished Fault Line which was amazing as I live in that area and know every place mentioned. Won't be buying the new one though until part 2 comes out after reading all the previous comments! Why haven't any of the books been made into films? They would be SO GOOD......

Posted: 22nd September 2013 @ 11:14 pm

Link posted by: Robert Goddard

Paris came to London in fine style last week when I lunched with the winner of the competition on my website for readers of The Ways of the World. Tres Bon! - Robert

Posted: 18th September 2013 @ 10:04 am

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