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The Labyrinth of the Spirits

The Labyrinth of the Spirits
  • Author(s): Carlos Ruis Zafón (Carlos Ruis Zafon)
  • Location(s): Barcelona
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1950s

The Labyrinth of the Spirits is the fourth book in Zafón’s wonderful The Cemetery of Forgotten Books series As a child, Daniel Sempere discovered among the passageways of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books an extraordinary novel that would change...

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The Secret of Vesalius

The Secret of Vesalius
  • Author(s): Jordi Llobregat
  • Location(s): Barcelona
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 19th Century

Daniel Amat has left Spain and all that happened there behind him. Having just achieved a brilliant role in Ancient Languages at Oxford University and an even more advantageous engagement, the arrival of a letter – a demand –...

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The Snares of Memory

The Snares of Memory
  • Author(s): Juan Marsé
  • Location(s): Barcelona
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1982 looking back to 1949

In January 1949 on an otherwise unremarkable day in an unremarkable Barcelona neighbourhood cinema, a prostitute is murdered in cold blood in the projection booth by the assistant projectionist, one Fermín Sicart. More than thirty years later, a screenwriter...

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Hello, Again

Hello, Again
  • Author(s): Isabelle Broom
  • Location(s): Aldeburgh, Barcelona, Guernsey, Hamburg, Lisbon
  • Genre(s): Romance
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Philippa Taylor (Pepper to her friends) has big dreams. When she closes her eyes, she can picture exactly who she ought to be. The problem is, it’s about as far away from her real life in a small coastal...

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Autumn in Catalonia

Autumn in Catalonia
  • Author(s): Jane MacKenzie
  • Location(s): Barcelona, Catalonia
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1960s

It is 1963, and in her mansion in the foothills of the Pyrenees, Joana idles her days away, banished by her powerful husband and alienated from her family. Meanwhile, in Barcelona, her daughter Carla is impoverished and in trouble.Hating...

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Barcelona Noir

Barcelona Noir
  • Author(s): Carmen Ospina Adriana V. Lopez
  • Location(s): Barcelona
  • Genre(s): Crime, Short Stories
  • Era(s): Various

Don’t be fooled – Barcelona, with all its illustrious colour and exterior finery, hasn’t always been able to curb its darker yearnings. Blame it on a bubbling, repressive concoction made with a pinch of Church, a touch of Crown...

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Barcelona Skyline

Barcelona Skyline
  • Author(s): David C. Hall
  • Location(s): Barcelona
  • Genre(s): Mystery
  • Era(s): Modern

Barcelona is the stunning background to this unusual novel, sex, a killer uses sex to kill and the investigator likes the best in life. Add art trafficking and you have a good combination to make a good story.

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Golden Earrings

Golden Earrings
  • Author(s): Belinda Alexandra
  • Location(s): Barcelona, Paris
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Mystery
  • Era(s): 1930s and 1970s

Let me tell you a story…The granddaughter of Spanish refugees, who fled Barcelona after the Civil War, Paloma Batton is an attentive student of the Paris Opera Ballet, that is, until she is visited by a ghost …Leaving her...

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Homage to Barcelona

Homage to Barcelona
  • Author(s): Colm Tóibín
  • Location(s): Barcelona
  • Era(s): Historical

A sympathetic look at the history of Barcelona, its art, culture, cafe culture, churches. A delight for anyone who wants a bit more depth about the place they are visiting. Very readable.

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Leaving Tangier

Leaving Tangier
  • Author(s): Tahar Ben Jelloun
  • Location(s): Barcelona, Tangier
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1990s onwards

Young Moroccans gather regularly in a seafront cafe to gaze at the lights on the Spanish coast glimmering in the distance. Azel, the protagonist, is intent on leaving in one way or another. On the brink of despair he...

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Enter the inaugural TripFiction 'Voyages by Verse' Poetry Competition...

A poem in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

1,000 word maximum - no minimum

Top judges to decide the winners

Cash prizes totalling £500 / $600 

Winning entry published on TripFiction site and publicised on Social Media

Entries close 13th June 2021