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Your chance to win a very special prize in our September competition…

19th September 2016

dollsWe have a very special prize for you this month…

Gill Paul’s brilliant new novel, The Secret Wife, tells the story of what might have happened to one of the Romanov daughters after the slaughter of the royal family during the Russian Revolution. It is the epic story of the possible romance between Grand Duchess Tatiana Romanova and military lieutenant Dmitri Malama, and has deservedly gone straight into the Best Sellers lists.

Gill has very kindly donated some extremely generous prizes for us to give away this month. Each of three winners will receive a) a signed copy of the book, b) a Russian Matryoshka doll containing four smaller wooden dolls, and c) a postcard of the couple taken from an historical black and white photograph.

To read TripFiction’s review of this great new novel – plus a great piece by Gill on how she researched the book in St Petersburg – just click here.

To enter the competition, all you have to do is write in the one location you would most like to visit in St Petersburg in the Comments box below (NB. Gill’s piece on her research might help!).

The competition closes at midnight UK time on Thursday 29th September, and the winners will be the first three names out of the hat on Friday 30th.

It’s that easy!

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  1. User: tripfiction

    Posted on: 01/10/2016 at 11:00 am

    Congratulations to Helen Thurston, Mariasole Paduos, and Lindsey Martin whose names were first out of the hat when we drew the winners!

    Extremely well done to all of you.


  2. User: Adrian Lee

    Posted on: 30/09/2016 at 1:46 pm

    It has to be ‘The Winter Gardens’


  3. User: Claire Harris

    Posted on: 29/09/2016 at 10:45 pm

    I would love to visit The Winter Palace! 🙂


  4. User: samantha bolter

    Posted on: 29/09/2016 at 8:10 pm

    I would head straight to the Faberge museum then to to watch a ballet at Mariinsky Theatre, what a fabulous day that would be!


  5. User: Shirley McGovern

    Posted on: 29/09/2016 at 7:59 pm

    Definitely the faberge museum


  6. User: Stephanie Wright

    Posted on: 29/09/2016 at 7:35 pm

    Definitely the Winter Palace!


  7. User: Rachel Hall

    Posted on: 29/09/2016 at 7:23 pm

    Faberge Museum for me too.. They are spectacular and if money was no object I would have them filling the house!


  8. User: Helen Thurston

    Posted on: 29/09/2016 at 7:23 pm

    I’d love to visit the Faberge Museum.


  9. User: Sian-Elin Flint-Freel

    Posted on: 29/09/2016 at 10:49 am

    So many to choose from but The Winter Garden would be too of my list


  10. User: Bube

    Posted on: 27/09/2016 at 11:53 pm

    I would love to visti Winter Palace and Peterhof Palace,I love Russian History 🙂


  11. User: Michelle Ryles

    Posted on: 24/09/2016 at 3:55 pm

    A popular choice but it’s the Winter Palace for me too.


  12. User: Rachel

    Posted on: 24/09/2016 at 12:49 pm

    I would love to visit Nevsky Prospekt & feel the city’s culture & life.


  13. User: Rachel

    Posted on: 24/09/2016 at 12:46 pm

    I would love to visit Nevsky Prospekt & spend the day exploring this 3 mile stretch of city life & culture.


  14. User: Mariasole Paduos

    Posted on: 22/09/2016 at 2:48 pm

    It has to be the Winter palace!


  15. User: Jackie Law

    Posted on: 22/09/2016 at 12:49 pm

    Peterhof Palace


  16. User: Lindsey Martin

    Posted on: 21/09/2016 at 8:45 pm

    I would love to watch a ballet at Mariinsky Theatre


  17. User: Nita

    Posted on: 21/09/2016 at 6:44 pm

    The Winter Palace by all means and then the Summer Garden


  18. User: Lana Hood

    Posted on: 20/09/2016 at 10:35 pm

    I would love to visit the Faberge Museum


  19. User: Susan Roberts

    Posted on: 20/09/2016 at 1:18 pm

    I visited St Petersburg last year and it was beautiful. My favorite place that we visited was the Faberge museum.


  20. User: Raquel M.

    Posted on: 20/09/2016 at 12:58 pm

    The Winter Palace.


  21. User: Philippa manton

    Posted on: 20/09/2016 at 10:11 am

    I saw the Hermitage collection when it was in Melbourne.Amazing!!! To see the winter Palace would be breathtaking!!


  22. User: Irena

    Posted on: 20/09/2016 at 9:29 am

    I would love to visit St Petersburg!!! Nevsky Prospekt and Summer Garden are at the top of my must see list!


  23. User: Sue Harrison

    Posted on: 20/09/2016 at 8:59 am

    Would love to be able to immerse myself in aspects of Russia’s past but would most like to see the Winter Palace


  24. User: Julie Ryan

    Posted on: 20/09/2016 at 8:57 am

    The Hermitage Museum definitely


  25. User: Rachael Tolton

    Posted on: 20/09/2016 at 8:39 am

    For me, it would have to be the beautiful Winter Palace. I would love to visit St Petersberg.


  26. User: Jane Willis

    Posted on: 20/09/2016 at 4:06 am

    I would love to visit the Faberge museum to see the wonderful eggs there.


  27. User: Linda Boa

    Posted on: 19/09/2016 at 11:59 pm

    It would have to be the Hermitage Museum. I’ve dreamed of going for years!


  28. User: mary dahl

    Posted on: 19/09/2016 at 11:23 pm

    I would most defintely visit the Peterhof Palace. Of course , I must say, included in my visit list would be the Winter Palace, Catherine Palace, Church of the Spilled Blood and the faberge museum and a walk and drive through out the city of Saint Petersburg to listen, feel and smell the scents of Russia.


  29. User: Debra Sams

    Posted on: 19/09/2016 at 8:18 pm

    I would enjoy the Fabergé’ museum.


  30. User: Barbara Douka

    Posted on: 19/09/2016 at 7:54 pm

    I would love to visit the Hermitage Museum. It’s a masterpiece full with valuable treasures.


  31. User: Angie Ford

    Posted on: 19/09/2016 at 7:37 pm

    Hermitage museum


  32. User: Teresa Starr

    Posted on: 19/09/2016 at 7:27 pm

    I would love to visit the Faberge Museum.


  33. User: Barbara Khan

    Posted on: 19/09/2016 at 5:07 pm

    Winter Palace would be tops for me. Thanks for the chance.


  34. User: Juliet Wilson

    Posted on: 19/09/2016 at 4:18 pm

    I’m an outdoor person so the Summer Garden would be the first place on my itinery


  35. User: elizabeth alarcon

    Posted on: 19/09/2016 at 3:36 pm

    I want to see it all. I want to be in awe of the grandeur of St. Petersburg. I want to see the inspiration of some our greatest authors. I would love to see the beauty of a grand city


  36. User: Alison Drew

    Posted on: 19/09/2016 at 11:53 am

    I would be drawn to the Fabergé Museum just sso I could look & drool in awe!


  37. User: Miriam Smith

    Posted on: 19/09/2016 at 11:06 am

    Would so love to visit the Summer Garden just to relax and escape the worlds tension! To admire the marble statues and beautiful rare flowers and plants. Sounds heaven.


  38. User: Jess Dimovski

    Posted on: 19/09/2016 at 10:48 am

    I would definitely love to visit Winter Palace!


  39. User: Penelope Housden

    Posted on: 19/09/2016 at 10:44 am

    The Winter Palace


  40. User: Deborah Blanchard

    Posted on: 19/09/2016 at 9:59 am

    I would definitely want to go to the Summer Gardens to sit and just breathe. I would also not want to miss seeing the gravestones of some talented authors at the Volkovskoe Cemetery, to perhaps do a sketch or two.


  41. User: aditi3991

    Posted on: 19/09/2016 at 9:46 am

    Hello Tripfiction, hope you’re doing great. Thanks so much for the opportunity. Gill Paul is one of my favorite writers. If I’m in St. Petersburg in Russia, then here is a list of few places that I wouldn’t give it a miss:

    1. Nabokov House (A visit to one of the famous Russian author’s house is a must, Vladimir Nabokov)

    2. Summer Garden (When it comes to visiting the oldest parks, then Summer Garden is a must visit place in Russia)

    3. Volkovskoe Cemetery (Where some of the world renowned authors are buried, then for a readers that’s a place where he/she needs to pay a must visit in order to pay tribute to their great works of literature)

    4. State Hermitage Museum (Picasso shouldn’t be left out from your itinerary)

    5. The Postal Clerk’s House (Travel back to the 19th century era to Pushkin’s literary world or rather say village)

    6. The Winter Palace (Count that at the top of your list! Some architectural grandeur…)


  42. User: Darlene Foster

    Posted on: 19/09/2016 at 9:35 am

    The Amber Room located in the Catherine Palace of Tsarskoye Selo


  43. User: Grass monster

    Posted on: 19/09/2016 at 9:20 am

    Id love to visit The Mariinsky Theatre