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The Pavilion in the Clouds

The Pavilion in the Clouds
  • Author(s): Alexander McCall Smith
  • Location(s): Sri Lanka
  • Genre(s): Historical, Fiction
  • Era(s): 1938

It is 1938 and the final days of the British Empire. In a bungalow high up in the green hills above the plains of Ceylon, under a vast blue sky, live the Ferguson family: Bella, a precocious eight-year-old, her...

The Girl Who Married a Lion

The Girl Who Married a Lion
  • Author(s): Alexander McCall Smith
  • Location(s): Botswana, Zimbabwe (Rhodesia)
  • Genre(s): Short Stories, Fantasy
  • Era(s): timeless

Alexander McCall Smith was born in what is now Zimbabwe and grew up hearing stories that so enchanted him, he passed them along to his own children. He now shares them in this jewel of a book.

The Peppermint Tea Chronicles (44 Scotland Street)

The Peppermint Tea Chronicles (44 Scotland Street)
  • Author(s): Alexander McCall Smith
  • Location(s): Edinburgh
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Humour
  • Era(s): Present

It is summer in Scotland Street (as it always is) and for the habitués of Edinburgh’s favourite street some extraordinary adventures lie in waiting. For the impossibly vain Bruce Anderson – he of the clove-scented hair gel – it...

The Talented Mr Varg

The Talented Mr Varg
  • Author(s): Alexander McCall Smith
  • Location(s): Malmö
  • Genre(s): Crime, Mystery
  • Era(s): Present

Spring is coming slowly to Sweden – though not quite as slowly as Detective Ulf Varg’s promised promotion at the Department of Sensitive Crimes. For Varg, referred by his psychoanalyst to group therapy at Malmö’s Wholeness Centre, life now...

The Miracle At Speedy Motors

The Miracle At Speedy Motors
  • Author(s): Alexander McCall Smith
  • Location(s): Botswana
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): Contemporary

It has never occurred to Precious Ramotswe that there might be disadvantages to being the best-known lady detective in Botswana. But when she receives a threatening anonymous letter, she is compelled to reconsider her unconquerable belief in a kind...

Precious and Grace

Precious and Grace
  • Author(s): Alexander McCall Smith
  • Location(s): Botswana
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): Contemporary

One bright morning, Precious Ramotswe – head of Botswana’s No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency – receives a visitor: a woman from Australia. This woman asks Precious to take on a case: to find the nursemaid who raised her during...

The Full Cupboard Of Life

The Full Cupboard Of Life
  • Author(s): Alexander McCall Smith
  • Location(s): Botswana
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Mma Ramotswe, who became engaged to Mr J.L.B. Matekoni at the end of the first book, is still engaged. She wonders when a day for the wedding will be named, but she is anxious to avoid putting too much...

The House of Unexpected Sisters

The House of Unexpected Sisters
  • Author(s): Alexander McCall Smith
  • Location(s): Botswana
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

At Botswana’s No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Precious Ramotswe and Grace Makutsi are intrigued by the troubling dismissal of an employee at a thriving local business. The ladies proceed with investigations as they are inclined to do – with...

The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon

The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon
  • Author(s): Alexander McCall Smith
  • Location(s): Botswana
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

As Botswana awaits the familiar blessing of the rains and the resumption of the eternal cycle, seismic upheaval is taking place at the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. Not only is Mr J. L. B. Matekoni attempting to reform...

The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party

The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party
  • Author(s): Alexander McCall Smith
  • Location(s): Botswana
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): Contemporary

As the countdown to Mma Makutsi’s wedding begins, all is not as it should be at the No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. While investigating unpleasant occurrences on a southern cattle-post, Mma Ramotswe, always on the side of the weak against...

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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