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A Work of Beauty

A Work of Beauty
  • Author(s): Alexander McCall Smith
  • Location(s): Edinburgh
  • Genre(s): Travelogue
  • Era(s): Modern

“I love this city, and always shall. I write about it. I dream about it. I walk its streets and see something new each day – traces of faded lettering on the stone, still legible, but just; some facade...

Friends, Lovers, Chocolate

Friends, Lovers, Chocolate
  • Author(s): Alexander McCall Smith
  • Location(s): Edinburgh
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Isabel Dalhousie thinks often of friends, sometimes of lovers, and on occasion of chocolate. As an Edinburgh philosopher she is certain of where she stands. She can review a book called In Praise of Sin with panache and conviction,...

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
  • Author(s): Alexander McCall Smith
  • Location(s): Botswana
  • Genre(s): Crime, Humour
  • Era(s): Modern

“There is no problem so great it cannot be solved by a cup of bush tea.” The prolific Alexander McCall Smith is the undisputed king of cosy crime, the antithesis of the much-touted Tartan Noir movement. His Precious Ramotswe...

The Right Attitude to Rain (Isabel Dalhousie 3)

The Right Attitude to Rain (Isabel Dalhousie 3)
  • Author(s): Alexander McCall Smith
  • Location(s): Edinburgh
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

The key to contentment in the Scottish climate is the right attitude to rain – just as in life the key to happiness lies in making the best of what you have. Bruised in love by her faithless Irish...

Morality for Beautiful Girls

Morality for Beautiful Girls
  • Author(s): Alexander McCall Smith
  • Location(s): Botswana
  • Genre(s): Crime, Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

THE NO.1 LADIES’ DETECTIVE AGENCY published in 1998, introduced the world to the one and only Precious Ramotswe, the engaging and sassy owner of Botswana’s only detective agency. TEARS OF THE GIRAFFE took us further into this world, and...

44 Scotland Street (#1 44 Scotland Street)

44 Scotland Street (#1 44 Scotland Street)
  • Author(s): Alexander McCall Smith
  • Location(s): Edinburgh
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Humour
  • Era(s): Modern

First in the series. The stories are centred around the residents of a house in Edinburgh, and offer slices of life through the different characters who live there and whose lives overlap. (A note in the introduction that this...

A Conspiracy of Friends

A Conspiracy of Friends
  • Author(s): Alexander McCall Smith
  • Location(s): London
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

The third novel in the London-based Corduroy Mansions series from Alexander McCall Smith, comparable in warmth and humour to 44 Scotland Street

Bertie Plays the Blues (#7 44 Scotland Street)

Bertie Plays the Blues (#7 44 Scotland Street)
  • Author(s): Alexander McCall Smith
  • Location(s): Edinburgh
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Humour
  • Era(s): Modern

Even down to its well-set Georgian townhouses, Edinburgh is a hymn to measure and harmony. But on Scotland Street, domestic accord is in short supply. Matthew and Elspeth welcome three new arrivals, though the joys of multiple parenthood are...

Blue Shoes and Happiness

Blue Shoes and Happiness
  • Author(s): Alexander McCall Smith
  • Location(s): Botswana
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Another novel in the series of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, novels set in Botswana. Now that she is finally and happily married to her long-term suitor Mr J.L.B. Matekoni, Mma Ramotswe of the No. 1 Ladies Detective...

Espresso Tales (#2 44 Scotland Street)

Espresso Tales (#2 44 Scotland Street)
  • Author(s): Alexander McCall Smith
  • Location(s): Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Humour
  • Era(s): Modern

From the back cover: Bruce, the intolerably vain and perpetually deluded ex-surveyor, is about to embark on a career as a wine merchant, while his long-suffering flatmate Pat Macgregor, set up by matchmaking Domenica Macdonald, finds herself invited to...

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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