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Your chance to win three great novels set in Thailand!

15th April 2015

Thailand is one of Asia’s dream holiday destinations – fabulous beaches, lush countryside, and remarkable culture… From Phuket to Chiang Mai to Bangkok it is a truly amazing and friendly place. This month we are very pleased to offer three great novels set in this fabulous country as the prize in our competition.


Fieldwork by Mischa Berlinski. A deep and rich novel set among the hill tribes of Northern Thailand. A suspense story blending anthropology and Christian missionaries, it almost feels autobiographical. The thread that keeps the book together is the main character’s, almost obsessive, attempt to unravel the mystery of Martiya van der Leun, an anthropologist, who had been working with the animist Dyalo hill tribe in Northern Thailand, she was imprisoned for murder and had apparently committed suicide in jail.  ‘Gripping and entertaining… Exuberant and inventive.’ Hilary Mantel, New York Review of Books.



cross currents

Cross Currents by John Shors. A Thai family, Lek, Sarai, and their three children are making a living on the island of Ko Phi Phi running tourist accommodation. They have taken in a young American, Patch, who is avoiding the law after getting bound up in some drug deals. Shors has the ability to take the reader to the locations where he sets his novels  – to the extent that we conjure up the smell of the air, we can feel the water, taste the cuisine, and understand the inhabitants. “I’m deeply moved by his work.” — Wally Lamb, NY Times bestselling author.



Catching the Sun

Catching the Sun by Tony Parsons. Just how badly do you want to find paradise? When Tom Finn is almost jailed for confronting two burglars in his own home, this taxi driver takes his young family to live on the tropical island of Phuket, Thailand. Phuket is all the Finn family dreamed of – a tropical paradise where the children swim with elephants, the gibbons sing love songs in the jungle, the Andaman Sea is like turquoise glass and this young family is free to grow. But both man-made disaster and the unleashed forces of nature shatter this tropical idyll for Tom Finn’s family. ‘Catching The Sun is hard to beat, and subtle enough to remind you that it’s rarely a good idea to throw away your return ticket’. GQ Magazine.



To win these three fabulous books, all you have to do is write in the Comments box below your suggestions for a trip to Thailand – where you would most wish to go and what you would most want to see. The competition closes at midnight UK time on Saturday 25th April – and the winner will be the first out of the hat on the morning of Sunday 26th.

Good luck!

The TripFiction team

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  1. User: tripfiction

    Posted on: 26/04/2015 at 9:57 am

    Lynn Jones was the first name out of the hat this morning – and she therefore wins the prize of the three novels set in Thailand. Well done to Lynn…


  2. User: Angela Paull

    Posted on: 21/04/2015 at 8:08 pm

    Take a trip to the Golden Triangle – we had the most amazing slow cooked pork in the hills. Learn how to cook authentic green thai curry (amazing) – take a trip to Phi Phi and the famous beach – it is stunning. Equally spend a few days in Bangkok – the Golden Palace is like nothing else on earth.


  3. User: Jaynie Wall

    Posted on: 21/04/2015 at 7:52 pm

    I haven’t had the chance to visit Thailand yet. I’m sure these books will put a story to the places I have heard of.
    Crossing my fingers!


  4. User: Anna

    Posted on: 19/04/2015 at 5:48 pm

    I’m currently planning my first trip to Thailand and would love some escapism of the place I’m going to go to. Looking forward to seeing the Sleeping Buddha and just emmersing my self in the culture, food and way of life that is different to my norm. Seeing the changes of landscapes and atmospheres of each individual place makes it an exciting adventure that will be one of a lifetime.


  5. User: Susan T.

    Posted on: 18/04/2015 at 2:19 am

    I haven’t been to Thailand yet but many of my friends have. They always send postcards and picture from Krabi Beach so I’m guessing that’s the place to go!


  6. User: dawn obrien

    Posted on: 17/04/2015 at 1:44 pm

    I’ve never been to Thailand, my niece went backpacking there though and posted lots of photos, it looks magnificent and like paradise on earth!


  7. User: Janine Phillips

    Posted on: 17/04/2015 at 7:15 am

    Sadly I have never been lucky enough to visit Thailand yet, I would love to visit Bangkok and sample the amazing street foods x


  8. User: Janice Atkinson

    Posted on: 17/04/2015 at 6:53 am

    I’ve never been to Thailand but would love to go. Maybe these books will inspire me to go x


  9. User: Lynn Jones

    Posted on: 16/04/2015 at 8:07 am

    Visited Bangkok, Chang Mai and Koh Samui 30 years ago – one of the most beautiful places ever. Returning to Thailand for the first time since this Summer with my husband – this time to Koh Lanta – can’t wait- these books look like the perfect preparation!!


  10. User: Philippa manton

    Posted on: 16/04/2015 at 7:49 am

    Thailand is the land is the smiles!!!
    The people are beautiful and very welcoming.
    The highlight of a Thai holiday is the beautiful food.there are many cooking courses you can do.
    After a hard day cooking you can relax by the pool with a fabulous book


  11. User: aditi3991

    Posted on: 16/04/2015 at 7:19 am

    Since I’ve been to this exotic country- Thailand. I think if someone is planning to visit Thailand, then there are few must-see places that you can’t miss, especially those oh-so-gorgeous islands.

    Please don’t forget to visit the gorgeous beaches in Krabi and Phuket, where the white sand and the blue sky will allure you to your fullest desire.

    Bangkok, you can’t miss the most popular city in the world when visiting Thailand. From shopping in the flea markets to taking a boat ride in the back waters of the floating market amidst the hustle-bustle of the city to trying out spa and fish spa and a lot of new adventure.

    No one leaves Bangkok without paying a visit to the Tiger Kingdom where you’;re allowed to feed the tigers from your own hand and also you are allowed to take selfies with them! Just kidding the last part! And since this Tiger Kingdom is in the Chiang Mai district of Bangkok, you can visit to a lot of innovative places and temples like the Umbrella Garden or something. And there is also one historical park, I don’t remember the name, and also inside the city of Bangkok, I visited a temple where the Buddha was in a lying posture and is made of 24-carat gold!

    If I go to Thailand again, then I would love to visit Krabi one more time, some of the most beautiful beaches are there in Krabi, and I can never forgot those breath-taking moments of my life.


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