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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

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

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

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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: 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

FROM: Linda Katz

I just completed listening to your audio book, "Caught in the Light." I liked the story (or stories) within the main plot flipping from 1800s to present. Although it was gripping, your characters seem to lead joyless existences - being tripped up by those they believe they care for. Is this a theme throughout your works? Even though I liked your historical journey into photography and your descriptions of the various UK areas, I cannot recommend this book because of the gratuitous murder of the daughter. Why did you bother? She could have gone off to Australia with her mother. Unnecessary because its horror distracted from your seemingly well researched basic story which was filled enough with horror and treachery. Over the top!

Posted: 18th October 2014 @ 2:29 pm

FROM: Jenny Marston

Book 3 please. Love all your books.

Posted: 12th October 2014 @ 9:12 am

FROM: Richard Marpet

When will you make your books available as eBooks in the USA?
Your publisher isn't doing you any favors.

Posted: 10th October 2014 @ 7:10 pm

FROM: John Evans

When - book 3 ?
Why not now ?
Not happy.

Posted: 5th October 2014 @ 7:36 pm

FROM: Caroline Rayment

Just finished The corners of the Globe, can anyone tell me when the 3rd and final book is going to be out? I hate this waiting! Thanks Caroline

Posted: 2nd October 2014 @ 6:22 pm

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You are so secretive. Sorry to bother you. We may be related - yet I want none of your undue attention!

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Posted: 2nd October 2014 @ 1:13 am

FROM: Robert Punton

Robert Goddard you are a model storytelling genius

Posted: 1st October 2014 @ 4:39 pm

FROM: Dee Gordon

what great films all these books would make... one day perhaps?

Posted: 30th September 2014 @ 8:48 pm

FROM: Catherine Birdsall

One of my very favorite authors! Will Corners of the Globe be published in the US soon?

Posted: 30th September 2014 @ 8:08 pm

FROM: Ralph Silverman

I have read all of your books and I was wondering why Debt of Dishonour is not listed in your other books.
Ralph Silverman

Posted: 29th September 2014 @ 7:19 pm

FROM: Karen Haskell

When will part 3 of The Wide World Trilogy will be published?

Posted: 29th September 2014 @ 1:40 pm

FROM: Murdoch Baxter

I bought the first of the The Wide World Trilogy because the cover of the first book specifically said it belonged to a trilogy and in the hope of having a right good long-term read fest. I enjoyed book 1. I have now just finished - and been engrossed in, book 2. I am then told that book 3 isn't due out until the end of next year, 2015. Surely this can't be true? No author or publisher is so cynical and money-oriented that they would advertise and putatively publish a trilogy before the 3 volumes are all written and before readers are able to read them sequentially and together? Please tell me this ain't true! Please advise on publication date of James Maxted 3. If it is as far away as end-2015, I'll have forgotten the plot and characters and will wish I hadn't started this trilogy. Dissatisfied. 😪

Posted: 31st August 2014 @ 5:32 pm

FROM: Ian Fletcher

My frustration at discovering The Ways of the World was part of a trilogy is more than offset by the thrill of The Corners of the Globe, which I can't read fast enough. Don't take too long over the final volume...!

Posted: 1st August 2014 @ 10:03 pm

FROM: Tony Winn

just read my first RG book "Sea Change" and although not the first of your novels I was gripped. Will look forward to catching up on many more of your books. better late than never is my motto !!

Posted: 27th July 2014 @ 1:01 pm

FROM: Anne Gauld

I've just finished reading the first book in the trilogy and live in Orkney, Scotland. I'd just like to point out that Orcadians only refer to the islands as Orkney or the Orkney Islands (same in Shetland) never in the plural. We consider the Orkneys to be the South Orkney Islands in the Scotia Sea about 600 km northeast of the Antarctic Peninsula. I realise that the next book has already been published, but was irritated enough by the first few pages I'd read at the end of the first book to write.

Posted: 8th July 2014 @ 12:10 pm

FROM: Nancy Hughes

Dear Mr. Goddard, I have read every single novel (i believe) so far. Keep writing My library always buys them when I send a request. You are my one of my favorite story tellers! Sincerely, Nancy Hughes

Posted: 6th July 2014 @ 5:22 pm

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