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The Gulf Between Us

The Gulf Between Us

Author(s): Geraldine Bedell

Location(s): United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Modern

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For most people, being a single mother to three boys (two of them teenagers), sorting out your feelings for an ex-boyfriend who’s now an international film star, pacifying an elderly father who keeps asking why you’re not married, tolerating your bigoted brother, while keeping out of the way of a dismissive film producer who seems to have made a mission out of annoying you, would be quite enough of a challenge.

Annie Lester is not only trying to tackle all this – she’s also doing it in the small Gulf emirate of Hawar where, in the summer of 2002, the impact of America’s decision to invade Iraq is just beginning to be felt.

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Hawar are a group of small islands near Bahrain, however the setting for this book is really a more fictionalised “Gulf State”. It is about family and all the rainbow nations that find themselves...

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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