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Guest Editor for March - Robert Goddard Guest Editor - Robert Goddard

Our Guest Editor slot gives you a chance to discover a new author and find out more about the books and authors who have influenced them in their writing.


Guest Editor's Featured Books

Blood Count by Robert Goddard
Blood Count
Robert Goddard
April 2011 Book of the Month. The breathtaking new race-against-the-clock thriller from the master of the triple cross and the author that other crime writers believe is the crime writers' crime writer. ...
Format: Hardback - Released: 31/03/2011
Beyond Recall by Robert Goddard
Beyond Recall
Robert Goddard
Estranged from his family for most of his adult life, Chris Napier is persuaded to return home for his niece's wedding. At the reception, he is shocked to recognise a dishevelled intruder as his childhood friend Nicky Lanyon, whose presence...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/03/2011
Days without Number by Robert Goddard
Days without Number
Robert Goddard
Some secrets are best kept hidden...Nick Paleologus is summoned to resolve a dispute that threatens to tear his family apart. His father, Michael, is a retired archaeologist and supposed descendant of the last Emperors of Byzantium. Michael has received a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/03/2011
Borrowed Time by Robert Goddard
Borrowed Time
Robert Goddard
One fateful summer evening, businessman Robin Timariot meets a strikingly beautiful woman while out walking. They exchange only a few words, but those words prove to be unforgettable.
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/03/2011
Long Time Coming by Robert Goddard
Long Time Coming
Robert Goddard
Luckily it hasn’t been a long time coming for the next gripping Robert Goddard novel and he is on top form in this new thriller. When Eldritch Swan is released from prison after 36 years he soon finds himself caught...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/07/2010
Found Wanting by Robert Goddard
Found Wanting
Robert Goddard
This is Goddard back in the area I prefer him in, the contemporary thriller with strong historical undertones. Here the mystery revolves around the authenticity of Anastasia and her possible survival. If that were so then were there descendants? Full...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/09/2009
Sight Unseen by Robert Goddard
Sight Unseen
Robert Goddard
One of my very favourite authors with a mystery that twists and turns through a plot that straddles 23 years and has the search for a 17th century book at its centre. You must read this first chapter, it’s stunning....
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/04/2011

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Guest Editor's Chosen Authors

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
The Woman in White
Wilkie Collins
March 2011 Guest Editor Robert Goddard on The Woman in White... There’s just such a lot to enjoy and admire in this ground-breaking work of mystery and suspense. It was one of my inspirations for trying my hand at...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/02/2003
The Magus by John Fowles
The Magus
John Fowles
One of Robert Goddard's favourite books. March 2011 Guest Editor Robert Goddard on The Magus... After Wilkie Collins, John Fowles was my other great literary inspiration when I started out. It’s hard to believe how neglected his...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/11/2004
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
The Secret History
Donna Tartt
March 2011 Guest Editor Robert Goddard on The Secret History... This was the debut of a highly talented novelist who has since frustrated her legion of fans by producing precisely one further book in nineteen years. Who knows how...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/05/1993
Ratking by Michael Dibdin
Ratking
Michael Dibdin
March 2011 Guest Editor Robert Goddard on Ratking... Aurelio Zen, Michael Dibdin’s Italian detective in a series of novels, has recently made it to the small screen. It’s enjoyable viewing and the scenery’s wonderful, but the TV Zen bears...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/02/2011
Para Handy by Neil Munro
Para Handy
Neil Munro
March 2011 Guest Editor Robert Goddard on Para Handy... Between 1905 and his retirement from journalism in 1924, Neil Munro produced 99 short stories for the Glasgow Evening News about the mishaps and misadventures of Para Handy and the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/04/2002

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Robert Goddard our Guest Editor for March Guest Editor - March 2011 - Robert Goddard Robert Goddard was born in Hampshire. He read History at Cambridge and worked as an educational administrator in Devon before becoming a full-time novelist. His bestselling novels are: Past Caring, In Pale Battalions, Painting the Darkness, Into the Blue (winner of the first WH Smith Thumping Good Read Award and dramatized for TV in 1997, starring John Thaw), Take No Farewell, Hand in Glove, Closed Circle, Borrowed Time, Out of the Sun (a sequel to Into the Blue), Beyond Recall, Caught in the Light, Set in Stone, Sea Change, Dying to Tell, Days Without Number, Play to the End, Sight Unseen, Name to a Face, Found Wanting, Long Time Coming and Blood Count. “Writers make pretty demanding readers. We’re always on the look-out for things we think we could have done better or flaws in the plot. And we know better than anyone that it’s easier - a lot easier - to start a complex and mystifying story than it is to end it in a way that is both true to the characters and satisfying for the reader. So, my choices come with the guarantee that they won’t let you down in any of these departments. They supply enjoyment and fulfilment: an irresistible package.” Author photo © Graham Jepson

Robert Goddard on...

THE WOMAN IN WHITE by Wilkie Collins
There’s just such a lot to enjoy and admire in this ground-breaking work of mystery and suspense. It was one of my inspirations for trying my hand at novel-writing in the first place. When The Woman in White was published in 1860, it was an instant success. Click here to read more...

THE MAGUS by John Fowles
After Collins, John Fowles was my other great literary inspiration when I started out. It’s hard to believe how neglected his work now is. Technically, his finest achievement was probably The French Lieutenant’s Woman, but The Magus is bigger, grander and altogether more absorbing. Click here to read more...

THE SECRET HISTORY by Donna Tartt
This was the debut of a highly talented novelist who has since frustrated her legion of fans by producing precisely one further book in nineteen years. Who knows how long it took her to write The Secret History, then, but never mind, it was worth it. Click here to read more...

RATKING by Michael Dibdin
Aurelio Zen, Michael Dibdin’s Italian detective in a series of novels, has recently made it to the small screen. It’s enjoyable viewing and the scenery’s wonderful, but the TV Zen bears little similarity to Dibdin’s original creation. Ratking, Zen’s first appearance in print, won the 1988 Gold Dagger Award and it’s easy to see why. Click here to read more...

PARA HANDY: THE COLLECTED STORIES by Neil Munro
Between 1905 and his retirement from journalism in 1924, Neil Munro produced 99 short stories for the Glasgow Evening News about the mishaps and misadventures of Para Handy and the crew of the Vital Spark. Click here to read more...

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