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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.


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Posted: 12th June 2015 @ 11:53 am

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Posted: 3rd July 2014 @ 4:29 pm

The Corners of the Globe is Published Today!

The second installment in The Ways of the World trilogy is out in hardback today.Be the first to get your hands on a copy and read an exclusive 'Behind the Book' article writt …

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Posted: 3rd July 2014 @ 4:27 pm

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Posted: 3rd July 2014 @ 4:21 pm

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

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Posted: 3rd July 2013 @ 5:24 pm

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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

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Posted: 3rd July 2013 @ 5:04 pm


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FROM: Derek Oakley

Just finished "The Ways of the World" and it says at the end "To be continued" Has it been continued and if so under what title?

Posted: 25th November 2015 @ 6:27 pm

FROM: Steve Welch

When will the wide world series be out via Audible?

Posted: 16th November 2015 @ 12:23 pm

FROM: David Hocken

Can I ask Robert if James Max Maxted is ambidextrous? On the cover of The Ends of the Earth and the front cover of The Corners of the Globe he is shown carrying his gun in his left hand. On the obverse of The Corners of the Globe he is carrying the gun in his right hand and on the front cover of the Ways of the World he appears to be carrying something in his right hand.
I don't recall any mention of his handedness in the novels but remember him using both his hands to get out of tight spots.

A small point but one that puzzles me when I look at the books on my bookshelves.

I think the illustrator is excellent by the way.

Hope someone can answer this question?

Posted: 19th October 2015 @ 5:43 pm

FROM: Reuel Smith

I'm reading your incredible book Past Caring for the 5th time! thanks so much! here's one of my watercolors.

Posted: 8th October 2015 @ 3:35 pm

FROM: Philip Booker

Just completed the Trilogy and loved every page. Thank you.

Posted: 29th September 2015 @ 6:22 pm

FROM: Colin Houghton

Just reading Fault Line - my first RG novel. I was intrigued to see the hero of the book went off to university in London at the same time I did, autumn 1968. I noted with interest that he spent much of his second year(1969-70) listening to Emerson Lake and Palmer records. This would not have been possible since they did not form until 1970 and their first album was released towards the end of that year. It caught my eye because I can remember watching Emerson in The Nice during 1969 before ELP were thought of. I am enjoying the book though.

Posted: 26th September 2015 @ 6:29 pm

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Posted: 21st September 2015 @ 8:57 am

FROM: Virginia Navascues

Did you know there's "another" author Robert Goddard? I just finished a novel by him, thinking it was one of yours (I think I've read almost all your books, I've been a long-time fan)- the whole time I was thinking, "This just cannot be Robert Goddard, it must be a ghost writer, I can't believe it!" So, when I finally got to the end (in ebooks you get to see info about the author at the end), I saw that, in effect, it WASN'T you, it was this other fellow. A relief, to say the least because your books have always relied on a good PLOT. So, a word to the wise: make sure which Goddard book you re buying....

Posted: 9th September 2015 @ 3:12 pm

FROM: Derek Holtom

I have very much enjoyed "The Wide World " trilogy as first time reader of the books by this author . However I was so disappointed with the ending that is ,unless there is more?! If so I can't wait 👍
I am hooked on your work and so have started to read from the beginning with " Past Caring"
Thanks for hours of pleasure 😀

Posted: 29th August 2015 @ 9:22 pm

FROM: Gordon Hughes

Write something...I am writing you from Canada and I have recently read two of Mr. Goddard's books but find it very hard to find the first two books of the trilogy you are speaking about. I have tried Chapters in Canada and they only carry a few older books. Can you help??

Posted: 13th August 2015 @ 5:57 pm

FROM: Mark McLachlan

Thank you Mr Goddard, I really enjoyed reading "The Ends of the Earth". I`ve been a fan of yours for over twenty years. First book was "Take No Farewell". It was the first book I`d read since I`d left school ( 12 years previous), and now I read through my lunch break whilst at work. Once again Mr Goddard, for giving myself & thousand of readers, many hours of pleasure reading. I`ve got a feeling, that we`ll be hearing more, about Mr Maxted & Mr Twentyman, in the not to distant future, Hmm? :-)

Posted: 9th August 2015 @ 9:26 pm

FROM: Tricia Beresford

Read The Ends of the Earth Part 3 within a day. Methinks this trilogy could become a quartet! Very good read.

Posted: 2nd August 2015 @ 2:13 pm

FROM: Happy Benson

I just finished Part 1 of your trilogy and am disappointed that Part 2 is not available in e-book format, would love to read it!

Posted: 27th July 2015 @ 2:03 pm

FROM: Brooke Chamberlain Cook

Will this be published as an audiobook like the first book?

Posted: 25th July 2015 @ 6:22 pm

FROM: Wesley James Johnson

Have just finished the ends of the earth and I was BLOWN AWAY as usual. Ending was epic. I really loved all the characters and am sad it's come to end. It would be nice if this wasnt actually the last we hear of James Maxted and co. I was moved to tears at points by his incredible bravery and determination, and that of the other characters. I hope Max and Sam opened their flying school eventually, and Schools and Malory got married 😊. Thanks for a fantastic read Mr Goddard.

Posted: 24th July 2015 @ 3:55 pm

FROM: Dave Pask

I think i am one of your competition winners. Have messaged you.

Posted: 24th July 2015 @ 10:03 am

FROM: Chris Glover

Anyone know when is the Paperback Edition is coming out of 'The Ends of the Earth'?

Posted: 20th July 2015 @ 12:09 pm

FROM: Jonathan Knibbs

Is there going to be an audiobook of the the Wide World Trilogy? I have read the first two book, but would like to refresh my memory of them by listening in the car before reading The Ends of the Earth......

Posted: 19th July 2015 @ 6:45 pm

FROM: Carolyn Janson

How do you send your details when there is no message facility here?

Posted: 17th July 2015 @ 5:38 am

FROM: Carolyn Janson

Just checking; I'm Carolyn Janson, have been ill and just saw the result of the competition. Wondering if the first name is supposed to be me?

Posted: 16th July 2015 @ 11:09 am

FROM: Penny King

Oh Robert - am I disappointed. Don't get me wrong, I love your books and enjoyed the final part of the Wide World Trilogy - but it's left me with some unanswered questions ......
Did Max and Sam ever start their flying school? What did Winifred mean when she said Ashley was not to be trusted? How was Max and Winifred's relationship when the met again? How did Matilda adapt to lfe back in England? Where and with whom did she live?

Posted: 15th July 2015 @ 10:49 am

FROM: Jerry Sheehan

Dear Mr Goddard:

I have immensely enjoyed reading you since I stumbled upon The Ways of the World -- a London to San Francisco traveler mislaid their "airplane reading" copy at SFO and I was the eventual beneficiary.

I have now started at the beginning and have recently finished Past Caring and In Pale Battalions.

I am enjoying the flow of your work as much as I have that of Alvaro Mutis in The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll.

A mystery -- at page 30 in my public library copy of Past Caring (St. Martin's Press, First US Edition) the text unexpectedly and inexplicably veers into and out of italic font for a few sentences, and even ends italic in mid-sentence :

"He was, therefor, the eligible bachelor par excellence. he [sic, lower case "h"] had the pick of a dozen well-connected [...] So, being an honorable man, Strafford proposed. . ."

Publishing error ?

Jerry Sheehan
Millbrae CA

Posted: 14th July 2015 @ 10:36 pm

FROM: Charles Shelbourne

How come we never see authors like you on the TV chat shows? Your stories are so diverse and thoroughly enjoyable, but I have been waiting for all 3 of these to be published before I start the trilogy. It's been a long time waiting to read another of your amazing stories, as I have read all the rest! Best wishes, and congratulations on your work!

Posted: 3rd July 2015 @ 3:49 pm

FROM: Dominique Durham

Wide World Trilogy

Posted: 3rd July 2015 @ 12:06 pm

FROM: Ronald Furnival

wide world trilogy

Posted: 2nd July 2015 @ 6:13 pm

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