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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

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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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: Barbara Atyeo

My favourite author. Exciting, pacy,thrilling page turners. Unable to guess what comes next! Brilliant. Have just read The Corners of the Globe. Now need to read what comes before and after! This book left on a tantalising cliff hanger. Can't wait to get into the next book. Only problem is I'm burning the midnight oil!

Posted: 21st August 2016 @ 6:42 pm

FROM: Jan Plumb

It's great when you find a new author. I was walking past a newsagent and saw The Ends of the Earth on the table. But of course had to read the first two and then start on the others. Needless to say I'm hooked. Working my way through all your books and they are fantastic. Takes a lot to get my interest being a readaholic. I listen to them on audio as I sew and they are just as great. Just finished listening to Painting the Darkness and I love the play the titles. Even the hubby is a reader of your books, well Days without Number. Brilliant, keep the twists and turns coming.

Posted: 21st August 2016 @ 2:28 am

FROM: Thelma Dance

Many thanks for the trilogy, thoroughly kept me entertained and now looking to read about Max & Sam again soon or all the characters, could see the opening you left at the end.

Posted: 17th August 2016 @ 3:59 pm

FROM: Joy King

Hi. I went on holiday to La Gomera for a week and read the trilogy you kindly awarded me with. Really enjoyed it. Er, would just like to ask if there's a fourth book planned to find out what the promise was?

Posted: 17th July 2016 @ 10:45 am

FROM: Dee Gordon

Have read all these novels two or three times over the years (well okay not the trilogy, not yet ...) and just wanted to say thank you. When widowed last year I lost my interest in reading, having up till then read one book p.w. (the others do not compare!) but just started re-reading the Robert Goddard books again, starting randomly with Hand in Glove. And hey I'm enjoying reading again.

Posted: 15th July 2016 @ 9:08 am

FROM: Annette Moran

I was, until recently, the proud owner of all your hard copy English novels....but it was time to downsize...someone else will now be enjoying my treasured collection. I am now restricted to "kindle" versions so I do hope you next book will be available in this format. Thank you for many years of reading enjoyment, looking forward to 2017.

Posted: 10th July 2016 @ 1:10 am

FROM: Robert Goddard

Great to hear from some of you about your favourite characters. It’s good to know they’re liked and remembered. It’ll be 2017 before the next book appears, I’m afraid, but I think it’ll be worth waiting for. The trilogy is appearing in the US, via Mysterious Press, though the third volume isn’t out over there just yet. Several of my books are available in French from Livre de Poche: Past Caring, In Pale Battalions, Beyond Recall and Borrowed Time, with more to follow. In short, the stories continue!

Posted: 28th June 2016 @ 7:05 pm

FROM: Joy King

I have received my trilogy from Penguinrandomhouse today. Thank you again so much for choosing me to win! Now for a good read...... :-D
Very best wishes to you and when I've read these, I'll be looking forward to the next book! I bet you wish you could write them as quickly as we can read them :-D.
Love Joy xx

Posted: 27th June 2016 @ 2:32 pm

FROM: Robert Goddard

To all those who’ve responded to my recent post, some asking what’s next and some hoping it’ll be stand-alone, the trilogy enabled me to do some broader-range storytelling which I certainly enjoyed and which I hope readers enjoyed too, but absolutely the next one will be a stand-alone story, though with some characters you will recognize and remember. Harry Barnett isn’t one of them, although I stay in touch with him and can report that he’s keeping remarkably well.

Posted: 25th June 2016 @ 3:43 pm

FROM: Robert Goddard

With the paperback of The Ends of the Earth just out, this is a good time to say thank you to all of you who have been in touch recently. It’s great to have your comments and reactions. The books are there to be enjoyed and I hope we can continue to enjoy them together. In these uncertain times, let’s make sure that doesn’t change!

Posted: 21st June 2016 @ 4:55 pm

FROM: John Boyd

Which Robert Goddard novel involved invisibility? I want to read it again.

Posted: 14th June 2016 @ 3:20 pm

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

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