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Christmas in Canberra

Author(s): Nicole Taylor

Location(s): Canberra

Genre(s): Fiction, Romance

Era(s): 1980s

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At 28 years of age, Louise finds herself the last of the girls in her family to have a family of her own – and she is the eldest! Finding herself excluded from family events, she decides to develop other friendships, and her career, and look for a nice man. But her boss has other ideas and does not see a promotion in Louise’s future. And her friends don’t seem any closer to achieving grown-up goals than she is. In fact, none of them even want to get married! There are three men who interest Louise. Gorgeous Gordon from Sydney; cranky Chris at work; and alluring Aidan from – the “other side”! Louise is an accountant with the Australian Tax Office while Aidan is an accountant in a public accounting firm. Professionally they are adversaries so any alliance looks doomed. While Louise is trying to sort out her life, the people around her are having problems of their own. The family is forced to unite for a meal and the Christmas of 1988 is set to be a memorable one!

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Quite a pleasing read. Canberra of the 80s is warmly evoked.

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Enter the 2021TripFiction 'Sense of Place' Creative Writing Competition!

A story in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

2,500 word maximum, 750 word minimum

Judges include Victoria Hislop and Rosanna Ley

First Prize of £1,000 / US$1,350

Prizes total £1,750 / US$2,362 

Winning entry published on TripFiction site and publicised on Social Media

Entries close 6th November 2021