Past Caring Paperback – 30 Sep 2010
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Robert Goddard does an excellent job of taking the Liberal Government's pre-World War One constitutional crisis and making it the backdrop for his mystery. Prime Minister Asquith is not one of the most memorable of British politicians, and the crisis occasioned by Lloyd George's welfare policies is forgotten by all but those few historians specialising in the era.
Goddard, nevertheless, brings it alive and makes it both comprehensible to the non-historian and relevant to the plot. Using themes of political rivalry between Asquith, Lloyd George, and Churchill, and the radical intervention of the Suffragette movement, he constructs a highly entertaining page-turner of a novel.
He handles the exposition of the history very well. This is no fluffy 'costume drama': the themes of rivalry, jealousy, intrigue, and political manipulation are timeless, and Goddard sets them up neatly and convincingly.
His hero is flawed. He has a past ... he seems unlikely to have a future. He's no conventional thriller hero - if it came to a fight between him and an aged nun, I'd put my money on the nun. He is, effectively, a nondescript little bourgeois with contacts from his Cambridge days - he has all the social graces and some of their advantages, but he's squandered his opportunities because of his flawed character.Read more ›
Martin Radford is a washed up teacher and historian with a past he is trying to escape,not your average hero at all. A flawed character who is used to uncover the secret behind the stunning rise and fall of a Liberal politician who served in Asquith's Governmemt alongside Lloyd George and a young Churchill.What is the secret behind Edwin Strafford's downfall and why? When Radford starts investigating the facts 60 years later, he finds himself suddenly in mortal danger.
'Past Caring' set the standard that Robert Goddard novels then had to match or better. It was a brilliant debut novel and best seller. Many admirers of his writing career will agree that the first five books he wrote during the period 1986-1991 are his finest. However, he has used the historical split time technique to good effect in many subsequent novels, most notably 'Caught in the Light' and 'Long Time Coming'
As we look forward to the publication of his concluding 'Maxted 'novel in the summer, it is worth looking back to where and how it all started for this quintessentially English novelist.
It's easy to be a bit more critical with his more recent works, but here I can only express my admiration for his work. He is really on top of his creative capabilities.
Such is the fate of Edwin Strafford. Once a man with a promising political career as a British cabinet minister, contemporary and friend to the likes of Winston Churchill and Lloyd George, he becomes an outcast of sorts relegated to life on the island of Madeira. After his death his autobiographical memoir is found and Martin Radford, a historian with a few dark secrets of his own, is commissioned to take a copy of the memoir and attempt to reassemble the jig-saw puzzle that was Strafford's life. Radford, like many of author Goddard's protagonists, is a man without purpose or focus. He is unemployed, has an ex-wife who despises him, a daughter to whom he is a less than perfect father, and a proclivity for manipulative women whose motives are questionable.
Author Robert Goddard has once again delivered an ingenious, complex and compelling story that is filled with mystery, historical fact, political intrigue, betrayal, deception, heartbreak and murder. This book is an absolute must read for anyone who enjoys a well written narrative and a plot with as many twists and turns as a mountain road. Be prepared to lose some sleep because PAST CARING will have you reading well into the wee small hours of the morning.
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His first novel which was excellent. Just a few too many plots, sub-plots and coincidences.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Really liked this book, excellent plot, pace and characters with good twist ,highly recommended.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
A great debut for a great author. I love his style of writing and the way the plot evolves. The only reason I gave 4 stars as oppose to the usual 5 is that I felt there was too... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tone the Cone
Couldn't put this book down still have bit to go and I am sure Robert has a sting in the tail and I can't wait.......Published 3 months ago by rita batstone
Unlikeable characters except the heroine who was too saintly and forgiving. Too many coincidences and multiple connections. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Factotum