Robert Goddard (novelist)

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Robert William Goddard
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Robert Goddard
Born (1954-11-13) 13 November 1954 (age 63)
Fareham, Hampshire, England
Occupation Novelist
Genre Mystery fiction,
Crime fiction

Robert William Goddard (born 13 November 1954 in Fareham, Hampshire) is an English novelist.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Goddard was educated at Bathampton County Primary School then Wallisdean County Junior School and Price's Grammar School in Fareham before going on to study history at Peterhouse at the University of Cambridge. After unsuccessful attempts at careers in both journalism and teaching, he worked for a time as an educational administrator in Devon before becoming a full-time novelist. His thrillers usually have a historical element and settings in provincial English towns and cities, and many plot twists. They usually involve the lead character gradually uncovering a conspiracy which has long been kept secret, by means of historical documents such as diaries or by means of word-of-mouth accounts that have been handed down from one person to another. Goddard's first novel, Past Caring, was published in 1986. He has since written more than twenty novels; the majority were Sunday Times Top Ten best-sellers in the UK.


Goddard's 1990 book Into the Blue was the inaugural winner of the W H Smith Thumping Good Read Award, presented to the best new fiction author of the year.

Goddard's 1997 book Beyond Recall was nominated for the Edgar Award Best Novel prize but lost out to Mr White's Confession by Robert Clark.

Goddard's book "Long Time Coming" won the 2011 Edgar Award for Best Original Paperback and was nominated for the 2011 Anthony award in the same category.[2][3]

Harry Barnett[edit]

The books Into the Blue, Out of the Sun and Never Go Back,[4] although distinct books in their own right, form a chronological series featuring the central character of Harry Barnett. Harry Barnett also appears in Goddard's only published short story, 'Toupee for a Bald Tyre'.

Into the Blue was adapted for television in 1997 and starred John Thaw in the lead role of Harry Barnett. Robert Goddard was not impressed with the adaptation. In an interview, he said "The TV version of Into the Blue was a travesty of the story I wrote and I am determined that any future adaptations should be more faithful to the original."

Personal life[edit]

Robert Goddard is married and lives with his wife Vaunda in Truro, Cornwall. Several of the recent books published in his name have identified Vaunda as joint holder of the copyright.



  1. ^ Stasio, Marilyn (14 March 2010). "Killing by Numbers". New York Times. Retrieved 8 May 2011. 
  2. ^ J. Kingston Pierce (28 April 2011). "The Rap Sheet: Matching Edgars with Authors". Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "Bouchercon World Mystery Convention : Anthony Awards Nominees". 2 October 2003. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
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