R J Gould

  • coordinator of the commercial editing reading group

Richard writes contemporary commercial fiction under the pseudonym R J Gould. He is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association, and is published by Headline Access and Endeavour Media. His first novel was shortlisted for the Joan Hessayon Award in 2016 following his participation on the RNA New Writers Scheme. 

Richard greatly appreciates the Cambridge Writers role in providing support during the potentially lonely activity of writing novels. He coordinates the Commercial Editing Group, within which fellow writers discuss their works in progress. 

His writing takes a humorous look at second-chance relationships, with the protagonists tragi-comic journeys derailed by the accumulation of decades-worth of baggage. Novels to date are A Street Café Named DesireThe Engagement Party , Jack and Jill Went Downhill and Mid-life follies.



Selected Works

Mid-life follies (2020)


Humorous romance bursting with home truths.

Hugh takes early retirement.

His wife, Liz, panics, suffering all the old cliches - "feeling trapped", "needing space", "fearing ageing".

A happy long-term relationship is under threat.

Can it survive?

Jack & Jill went Downhill (2019)


At Freshers Big Party Night at university it's love at first sight. Jack and Jill share the joke that their names match those of the nursery rhyme. They fail to recognise that their lives are about to play out the plot. Can their relationship survive?

The Engagement Party (2016)


A young couple's immediate families are about to meet for the first time. Trying to create harmony between the parents is hard enough, but in this case there are eight parents, step-parents, and partners to deal with.

A Street Cafe Named Desire (2015)


Bridget and David meet at a twenty-five year school reunion. David chases two dreams - a relationship with Bridget and opening an arts café. 



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