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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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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 @ 5:12 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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We are very much looking forward to an evening with Robert at Heffers bookshop, Cambridge on 8th July. He will be talking about and signing copies of 'The Ends of the Earth', the eagerly awaited third book in The Wide World trilogy. You can buy tickets here:

Posted: 19th June 2015 @ 5:42 pm

FROM: Ian Silver

The ways of the world is convoluted rubbish and the ending a travesty.

Posted: 13th June 2015 @ 12:11 pm

FROM: JohnY-Maria Manuel

You are one of my favourite authors Mr. G. You and I are are about the same age too, which hopefully means that I shall look forward to lots more from you yet! Thought you may just like to know about this...
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Posted: 22nd April 2015 @ 8:18 am

FROM: Mel Carolina

Please could you post an entire bibliography as I THINK I have the complete library, but would like to check!!?

Posted: 18th April 2015 @ 7:27 am

FROM: Jocelyne Bourbonnière

Great to have you and Vaunda in Rennes for rue des Livres!

Posted: 16th March 2015 @ 12:52 pm

FROM: Heather Nash

Good evening, Australian time.

Have just enjoyed reading 'The Ways of the World'. I have one suggestion for future editions and for all books in the trilogy: would you consider listing cast of characters in the front of these books? The twists and turns of your books are part of the appeal but sometimes one has difficulty recalling first mention of particular characters. This kind of listing can be done without 'giving away' anything of their roles later in the story. I think that listing of characters would be particularly useful in an historical novel, where the characters are derived from real people who participated directly and indirectly in the whole Versailles exercise.

More generally, thank you for many years of enjoyment of your books. I especially recommend 'Past Caring' to people, not only because it was the first but because if was probably the most 'unputdownable'.

Regards, Heather N

Posted: 8th March 2015 @ 7:25 am

FROM: Robert Goddard

Greetings to all those who are enjoying the Wide World trilogy. The third and final volume, The Ends of the Earth, will be out in July. (And I'll be out and about too, promoting it.) The book will be well worth waiting for, I guarantee. This will be when the trilogy delivers its full force. Great things are pending. As with the second volume, The Corners of the Globe, there's a recap of what's happened previously as a reminder for readers. For those who prefer to read the whole thing in one helping, well, your moment is coming. The scale of the venture can be quite intoxicating, so be prepared. The plot's the thing. And the game's afoot.

Posted: 14th February 2015 @ 6:23 pm

FROM: John Botham

I love Robert Goddard’s novels, but his errors when talking about diving in ‘Name to a Face’ has weakened my faith. He talks about ‘oxygen cylinders’ when divers use compressed air, and ‘going into the wreck’ when talking about diving the ‘Association’. The ‘Association’ wreck consists of encrusted cannon lying in shallow rock gullies, there is nothing to go into, as is the case with all wrecks of old wooden ships. I hope Robert’s research in other areas is better than this.

Posted: 13th February 2015 @ 2:38 am

FROM: Aindriu Burch

When is the third installment in the trilogy to be released please

Posted: 5th February 2015 @ 6:43 am

FROM: Hugh Everett

Spoiler alert : do not read further if you have not read "In Pale Battalions".


Having re-read it for the 3rd or 4th time, I have changed my mind so many times that I just have to ask this here. The chap who saves Eric Dunrich at the very end - is that Franklin or Hallows ? I assumed it was Franklin first time, but now I dunno. What do you reckon ?

Posted: 25th January 2015 @ 10:34 pm

FROM: Maria Aslam Hyder

Are your books available on Kindle

Posted: 19th January 2015 @ 3:11 pm

FROM: David Oakley

Is Robert ill? I don't believe he would leave a gap this big between his books on the last part of the trilogy. And i don't believe he would leave his fans with no answers to their questions and I don't believe you the publishers would miss the Christmas markets for a release. So book not finished due to ill health is where I'm coming from. If so please wish him well and not to worry

Posted: 16th December 2014 @ 7:06 am

FROM: Karen Haskell

So annoyed, just found out book 3 (The Ends of the Earth) from The Wide World Trilogy will not be published until 2ND JULY 2015!!!!

Posted: 27th November 2014 @ 3:00 pm

FROM: Yang Evelyne

Hello, I'm french but not enough Englishphone to read your book in your writing language. Please please I discover your books this last summer and I read all the books I found in french. I mean 5. I would like to read the others. But they are not published in french. I guess it is a probleme of translation. I hope I 'll be yet alive when they will be buyable in french (I'm 66).
To do short I love your books. I love them and thanks to exist. I spend good times Under the sun reading your storries.
it's not easy to express in an other language than french, sorry for the mistakes.
Yang Evelyne

Posted: 26th November 2014 @ 3:21 pm

FROM: Grange Jonesy

Well Robert its a few years since we worked in the Education Department at DCC ..myself with Valentine Dubuison and Alan Jarvis. Have now read all your books and am now awaiting the third of your trilogy. After 20 years managed to retire and move to Spain. Always pass on my copies to friends , only paperback mind, keep my hardbacks.

Posted: 25th November 2014 @ 8:29 pm

FROM: Alex MacMillan

What happened to all your audio books?

Posted: 18th November 2014 @ 3:59 pm

FROM: Aindriu Burch

Hurry up and finish the third part of the trilogy we await with baited breath

Aindriu and Robyn

Posted: 15th November 2014 @ 1:35 am

FROM: David Oakley

Seen lots of posts asking when part 3 is out but no one replies. I must admit I will never buy a trilogy book at the start and suspect many other will do the same - the gap is far too long between so may as well have waited till they are all out and cheaper! Lack of information is also frustrating. I am an avid fan but this has tainted things somewhat.

Posted: 5th November 2014 @ 8:39 am

FROM: Thelma Dance

Wish when people say they don't like aspects of a book that they wouldn't give endings away, spoils it for people who have not read the book. Caught in the Light is a fantastic book & thoroughly recommend it. Real life is not always a happy ending.

Posted: 28th October 2014 @ 5:11 pm

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