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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



Venue: Waterstone's, St Albans
Date: Tuesday 8 July, 2014

7:00PM Tickets £3, available from the bookshop.The best-selling thriller writer will be joining us to discuss the second part of his Ways of the World Trilogy, The …

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Posted: 24th June 2014 @ 12:56 pm


Venue: Waterstone's, Bath
Date: Wednesday 9 July, 2014

6:30PM Tickets £5, available from the shop and includes a glass of wineThe best-selling thriller writer will be joining us to talk about the second part of his Ways …

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Posted: 24th June 2014 @ 12:58 pm


Venue: Winstone's Bookshop
Date: Thursday 10 July, 2014

6:30PM We are very excited to welcome renown crime and thriller writer Robert Goddard who will be promoting his new book The Corners of the Globe.

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Posted: 24th June 2014 @ 1:01 pm


Venue: The West Meon Festival
Date: Friday 11 July, 2014

6:00PMEvery new novel is a new departure for a writer, but The Ways of the World is also a change of scope for me’ says Robert Goddard. ‘It initiates a trilogy of novels about th …

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Posted: 24th June 2014 @ 1:05 pm


Venue: The Lichfield Festival
Date: Saturday 12 July, 2014

3:45PM, Tickets £9Join the master of the triple-cross as he talks about the second in his fast-paced trilogy about James ‘Max’ Maxted, former Great War flying ace. In this …

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Posted: 24th June 2014 @ 1:07 pm


Venue: Waterstone's, Nottingham
Date: Monday 14 July, 2014

6:30PM Tickets £3 available from the shopThe best-selling thriller writer will be joining us to talk about the second part of his Ways of the World Trilogy, The Corners of the Globe. A …

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Posted: 24th June 2014 @ 1:09 pm


Venue: Waterstone's, Leamington Spa
Date: Tuesday 15 July, 2014

6:30PM Tickets £3, available from the shop and redeemable against purchase of any Robert Goddard book on the night.Come and meet bestselling crime author Robert God …

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Posted: 24th June 2014 @ 1:11 pm


Venue: Waterstone's, Colchester
Date: Wednesday 16 July, 2014

12:30PM - 1:30PMMaster story teller, Robert Goddard, will be at the store to sign copies of his new hardback. It's the second part of the Wide World trilogy, a mix of esp …

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Posted: 24th June 2014 @ 1:12 pm


Venue: Waterstone's, Norwich
Date: Wednesday 16 July, 2014

7:00PM - 8:30PM Tickets are £3, and redeemable against a purchase of the new book on the night.Robert Goddard returns to Norwich to give us another evening of fun a …

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Posted: 24th June 2014 @ 1:13 pm


Venue: Ross-on-Wye
Date: Thursday 17 July, 2014

7:00PM, Ticket £3 (Redeemable against the book)Robert Goddard will talk about the first two books in The Wild World Trilogy. The Ways of the World and The Corners of …

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Posted: 24th June 2014 @ 1:15 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

FROM: Royal Priors Shopping Centre

Any fans of Robert Goddard in Leamington Spa? Robert is coming along to our Waterstones store to sign copies of his new book 'The Corners of The Globe'!

If you'd like to come along, tickets are available at the store for £3. For more info just pop in or call the store on 01926 883804.

Posted: 30th June 2014 @ 2:07 pm

FROM: Robert Goddard

Don't miss your chance to win a special proof copy of The Corners of the Globe! Our Goodreads giveaway closes tomorrow.

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Posted: 25th June 2014 @ 11:00 am

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Win yourself a copy of The Corners of the Globe before it hits the shelves! We're giving away proof copies to 5 lucky winners...

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Posted: 19th June 2014 @ 5:00 pm

FROM: Carolyn Kosifou

I love Robert Goddard's books and have read them all, he is one of the best authors ever!

Posted: 16th June 2014 @ 10:26 am

FROM: Vava Pinto

I am just wondering if Mr Robert Goddard actualy reads any of the comments I have written on his wall??

Posted: 5th June 2014 @ 9:12 pm

FROM: Bronwyn McEntee

Just finished reading "The Ways of the World". Gripping! However noticed an incorrect transliteration of the word "Farngold" on p.349. The last katakana character is missing the "chon-chon" or diacritical mark which changes the sound value of the character. Can't wait to read "The Corners of the Globe".

Posted: 5th June 2014 @ 8:11 am

FROM: Robert Goddard

"Not to worry - we'll be doing..." on his own photo.

Posted: 3rd June 2014 @ 2:15 pm

Link posted by: Robert Goddard

The Ways of the World paperback hits bookshelves across the UK this very Thursday, and we can hardly wait!

In the meantime, watch this space for a special competition, coming soon...

Posted: 2nd June 2014 @ 4:19 pm

FROM: Vava Pinto

why not all of your books not translated in french please?

Posted: 31st May 2014 @ 8:54 pm

FROM: Michele Bouet

Dear Mr Goddard, will you come to Paris to sign you new book?

Posted: 20th May 2014 @ 3:22 pm

FROM: Michele Bouet

Dear Mr Goddard,
Let a French and Parisian fan tell you all her admiration. The first book I red (March this year: In pale Battlelions") and that was it, I was captured in this castle with those poor broken soliders... Since then, I visit much more often W.H.Smith library rue de Rivoli a Paris... Bought yesderday your classic "Caught in the Light" having just finished "Beyond Recall"... next to come, your last released "The Ways of the World". MERCI ! for the real moments of escape and adventure that your books offer to your readers. Thank tou for letting me improve my English vocabulary in such a pleasant way! :) Hope to participate to your next competition!

Posted: 20th May 2014 @ 2:49 pm

FROM: Mike Nottingham

Well I never knew that before ...I went to school (Price's grammar, Fareham) with somebody who became (moderately ) famous. Well done Robert.

Posted: 1st May 2014 @ 5:42 am

FROM: Lies Giesen

Love you Brooks soms much !

Posted: 27th April 2014 @ 3:53 pm

FROM: Leslie Toth

I am a Canadian and have an account and wanted to purchase one of your books. But 12 books have been deleted and now there are only 3. What is cooking. Please into look at this. Perhaps a battle between your publisher and audible (Amazon)

Posted: 24th April 2014 @ 5:41 pm

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

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