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, recruited by the publisher Accent Press following his participation on the RNA New Writers Scheme. His first novel was shortlisted for the Joan Hessayon Award in 2016.

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

His writing takes a humorous look at second-chance relationships, with heroic journeys derailed by the accumulation of decades-worth of baggage. Novels to date are A Street Café Named Desire (2015), The Engagement Party (2016) and Jack and Jill Went Downhill (2017, re-release by Endeavour Media in July 2019).



Jack and Jill Went Downhill (2017)


It's Freshers Big Party Night at university and Jack and Jill share the joke that their names match those of the nursery rhyme. They fail to recognise that their lives are playing out the plot.

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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