Nat Gould

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Nat Gould in 1908

Nat Gould in 1908

Nathaniel Gould (1857 - 1919), universally known as Nat Gould, was one of the most prolific authors of all time.

During his life he wrote numerous best selling books, normally on a racing theme, and was in his day the most widely-read author in the world.

No full biography of Nat Gould has ever been published. This website is designed to remedy that omission.

The invaluable assistance of many contributors is gratefully acknowledged, notably those Glenda White and Sue de Groot (great-granddaughters of Nat Gould), Douglas Gould, Trevor Byrnes, Peter Bentley, Michael Hanson, Tony Parrini, Nigel Asdin, Dianne Black and David Lowe, all of whom have generously shared their researches and archives on Nat Gould himself and the Gould family of Pilsbury Grange in Derbyshire from which he descended.

Grateful thanks are also expressed to Andrew Millie for information on the Ruska family in Germany and Australia; James Marshall of Hounslow Library for providing extracts from the Middlesex Chronicle and his patience in answering questions; Lesley Hall of the Wellcome Foundation in London for information on the Homovet Company; John Simpson of the Community Library in Accrington for information on J.R. Swann; and to Steve Askey for creating and setting up the website.

I am always pleased to receive your comments and suggestions.

Tom Askey

"The excellent Nat Gould website is comfortingly scholarly, and very well worth a look." www.janebadgerbooks.co.uk

His Life

This section of the website gives details of the life of Nat Gould.


His Books

This section of the website gives details of the very many books he wrote.


His Ancestry

This section of the website provides details of his family tree.


His Descendants

This section of the website gives details of his children and their descendants.


His Legacy

This section of the website describes his wider effect on the world.