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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: 3rd July 2014 @ 4:29 pm

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Posted: 3rd July 2014 @ 4:21 pm

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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

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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

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Posted: 3rd July 2013 @ 5:08 pm

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Posted: 3rd July 2013 @ 5:04 pm


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FROM: Kathryn Heaven

Hello! This post is on behalf of my mother, she is a great fan! She asks when is "Intersection; Paris 1919" due for release in Australia as she is keen to obtain it and cannot locate it locally

Posted: 22nd May 2016 @ 5:56 am

FROM: Janet Liddicoat

I find all your books completely "unputdownable"! Was enthralled when you came to speak at Southway Library in Plymouth - some years ago now. Please come again!! Unfortunately I Ient a copy of one of your books to someone, and now no longer have it - and can't remember which one it was! It began with a very atmospheric description of a foggy evening on Plynmouth Hoe, and the character going to a house in Citadel Road (which number doesn't, of course, exist!). Please could you remind me of the title - and I shall buy it again immediately!

Posted: 25th April 2016 @ 12:06 pm

FROM: Ad Van de Rijt

Dear Mr Goddard, I'm sure I'm not original but I just want to let you know that I have enjoyed every book I've read until now (more than ten) you've written and I will continue reading your books. Thank you very much!

Posted: 2nd April 2016 @ 10:12 am

FROM: Emma Kaye

Please check more books link on website. It doesn't go anywhere. Thx.

Posted: 18th March 2016 @ 4:24 pm

FROM: Liz Hellens

I have read almost all your books and wonder why so few of them are available on audible ( only 4 on the uk site). I managed to find ways of the world on the USA audible site but not on the uk. Will the other 2 in three trilogy be coming to an audible site. I'm enjoying Ways of the World very much as I have with all your books, and would love to listen to your others. The narrator is very good!

Posted: 17th February 2016 @ 10:56 pm

FROM: Bob Fletcher

Is there another ripping yarn in the pipeline please??!! My wife has almost finished Robert's superb trilogy (she's also read all of Mr Goddard's novels!) and her voracious appetite needs to be satisfied with another mouthful of literary masterpiece!!

Posted: 12th February 2016 @ 6:46 pm

FROM: Izumi Stephens

Hi Mr. Goddaed. I am sorry I haven't known you for long long years. I live in Bainbridge Island to take a ferry 30 min to Seattle. Pacific Northwest is a beautiful but tons of raining in Winter like London.I used to be a world trovelor. I stayed in London when I was 14 years old.

Anyway, I read your " Into the Blue" recently. Our little Japanese ladies in community exchange Japanese wrriten books for once a three months. It was blew me away. Totally~~ !

I am so lucky to know you now, I start reading your " In Pale Battalons" . 110 pages so far, but I already feel I am in there!!
I just want to say Thank You. My quiet peaceful day is more exciting and thrilling from you!

Posted: 20th January 2016 @ 4:47 pm

FROM: Joelle Fleming

Oh I don't care about the give away! I have all the books anyway! And I keep them, unlike many others which I am happy to pass on! Love this author and recommend him to anyone who listens.

Posted: 20th January 2016 @ 4:34 am

FROM: Stephen Cotton

Found Wanting: 1968's first-year intake corralled in the windy school yard at Carisbroooke Grammar School. I was a first-year there in 1965, that yard was always windy due to the school having been sited on a hilltop! Would love to know where this highly accurate detail came from?

Posted: 11th January 2016 @ 4:33 pm

FROM: Christine Muller McLeod

Votre excellent ouvrage " Par un matin d'automne" m'a permis de vous découvrir. Quelle rencontre fascinante, envoûtante. Ces secrets blottis dans l'ombre auxquels nous n'échappons pas tissants nos silences, le fil de notre histoire de generation génération jusqu'à ce que la providence, l' assiduité les dévoilent éventuellement. Merci votre compagnie me comble.

Posted: 14th December 2015 @ 6:29 pm

FROM: Sheila Mccaughey

i would like to say how much I enjoy your
absolutely cracking novels and cannot wait for esch
on to come out. I do though prefer the complete novelto the trilogy
and very much look forward to you next book coming out.
is there yet a time when you think your next work will
be out? Sheila mccaughey

Posted: 5th December 2015 @ 4:03 am

FROM: Sheila Mccaughey

Dear mr goddard, I have all your books and eagerly
await your next one. In fact this is my first time on
facebook to specially ask you when your next book
will bE available. Needless to saw I love them, but
do prefer the complete story to trilogy. Hope you enjoy
christmas and happy new year. sheila mccaughey.

Posted: 5th December 2015 @ 3:35 am

FROM: Tracy Brown

Just read Set in Stone my first Robert Goddard novel. It was amazing and kept me reading long into the night. When I started the book I wasn't aware of the complexity and intrigue that was to come. Really the best book I have read in a long long time. I am now going to start on a lovely long adventure and read all his others. Thank you so much for writing and sharing these novels with us. Tracy Brown

Posted: 2nd December 2015 @ 8:00 am

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

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