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The Magic in the Receiver

The Magic in the Receiver

Author(s): Paul Dillon

Location(s): Kefalonia (Cephalonia)

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 1950s and modern



Flashback to 1953 and Kefalonia lies ruined, shattered by a massive earthquake. Nine-year-old Ioannis Katros’s family is torn apart and he joins thousands in an evacuation of the stricken isle. Fifty years later, accompanied by his daughter Elena, Ioannis returns to attend a mysterious mountain festival and lay his ghosts to rest.

Elena embraces her Kefalonian roots, extending her stay, despite the protests of a jealous fiancé. Matters get complicated after a chance encounter leads to a night of passion with the wealthy and enigmatic Ben. She believes their meeting kismet. He sees lust turn to love – or is it a dangerous obsession…

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I tried to make the island of Kefalonia a virtual character; writing the book felt like being in a movie or walking through a painting. If you haven’t visited the Ionian Islands, reading THE...

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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