Robert Francis Goddard (b. 13 November 1954, Fareham, Hampshire) is an English novelist. Goddard was educated at Wallisdean County Junior School and Price's Grammar School in Fareham before going on to study history 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They usually involve the lead character gradually uncovering a conspiracy which has long been kept secret, by means of historical documents such as diaries or by means of word-of-mouth accounts that have been handed down from one person to another. He is regarded as one of Britain's finest historical/crime thriller authors. Goddard's first novel, Past Caring, was published in 1986.
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