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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...

Love is Blind

Love is Blind
  • Author(s): William Boyd
  • Location(s): Paris, Edinburgh, St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Late 19th & early 20th centuries

This is William Boyd’s sweeping, heart-stopping new novel. Set at the end of the 19th century, it follows the fortunes of Brodie Moncur, a young Scottish musician, about to embark on the story of his life. When Brodie is...

The Calling

The Calling
  • Author(s): Philip Caveney
  • Location(s): Edinburgh
  • Genre(s): Young Adult
  • Era(s): Contemoporary

A boy wakes up on a train to Edinburgh.He is shocked to discover that no idea who he is or how he came to be on the train – and once off it, he finds himself immersed in the...

The Innocent and the Dead

The Innocent and the Dead
  • Author(s): Robert McNeill
  • Location(s): Edinburgh
  • Genre(s): Crime, Thriller
  • Era(s): Contemporary

One woman found dead. Another kidnapped. Two cases. Two books. One overworked Scottish detective. When the body of an attractive young woman is found in woodland on Edinburgh’s iconic Calton Hill, DI Jack Knox quickly establishes that she had...

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...

Death at the Plague Museum

Death at the Plague Museum
  • Author(s): Lesley Kelly
  • Location(s): Edinburgh
  • Genre(s): Crime, Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Three senior civil servants are dead or missing. As their brief is management of the deadly Virus, Bernard, Mona and the rest of the hard-pressed Health Enforcement Team are fighting not just a pandemic, but government secrets.

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 Christmas Cafe

The Christmas Cafe
  • Author(s): Amanda Prowse
  • Location(s): Edinburgh, Sydney
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Romance
  • Era(s): Modern

Bea does not believe in second chances. A widow at fifty-three, Bea knows she must accept that she will be alone forever. She buries her grief in hard work, and soon the deli she runs in Surry Hills has...

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 Kettle of Fish

A Kettle of Fish
  • Author(s): Ali Bacon
  • Location(s): Dunfermline, Edinburgh, Fife
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 2008

Ailsa has just left school and should be living it up on a summer trip, but her plans are scuppered by her needy and secretive mother. In desperation she takes up with local fishmonger Ian. He’s good for her...

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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