Arthur Geraint Goodwin (1 May 1903 – 10 October 1941) started as journalist and wrote novels, short stories and poetry. Goodwin wrote about rural life on the Welsh border.
He was born in the village of Llanllwchaearn,on the outskirts of Newtown, Montgomeryshire. His father was Richard Goodwin (1862–1911) and his mother was Mary Jane Watkin, née Lewis (1862–1943). When Goodwin was just 8 his father died and when he was 12 his mother married Frank Humphreys . Goodwin got on well with his stepfather and his parent's love for the outdoors - were an important influence on him.
Goodwin attended boarding school , and when he left school, he joined The Montgomeryshire Express and later he was a reporter on The Daily Sketch . in 1923, he worked in a London News Agency and later as a reporter for The Daily Express .
He was diagnosed with tuberculosis(TB) in 1930 and was in a sanitorium for some months. In October 1932 he married a fellow journalist , Rhoda Storey (1902–1991]His first novel, was the autobiographical Call Back Yesterday(1935). following the success of this novel Cape publishing offering him a contract for two more books and Goodwin and his family moved to Hertfordshire. He became a full-time writer. Goodwin's most acclaimed work, The Heyday in the Blood contrasts the old and declining ways of a village on the Welsh Border with the new ways of England. The novel combines both tragedy and farcical comedy.
They moved to Coris Uchaf,near Machynlleth in 1938. it was here that Goodwin wrote his novel Come Michaelmas(1939), which is set in a barely disguised Newtown. This was his last novel and that year he was ill again and entered the Sanitorium at Talgarth, on the edge of the Black Mountains. The family moved to Montgomery and Geraint's health deteriorated and sadly he died in October 1941 in Montgomery from TB where he was buried at the age of 38. His wife and a son and a daughter mourned his passing.
During his life he wrote the following:
Conversations with George Moore 1929
Call back Yesterday 1935
The Heyday In The Blood 1936 (Republished Parthian Library of Wales 2008)
Watch For The Morning 1938
Come Michaelmas 1939
Short Story Collection
The White Farm 1938
A collection of Poems 'A First Sheaf'.