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The Colours of Death

The Colours of Death
  • Author(s): Patricia Marques
  • Location(s): Lisbon
  • Genre(s): Horror, Thriller
  • Era(s): 2021

The Murder In the Gare do Oriente, a body sits, slumped, in a stationary train. A high-profile man appears to have died by throwing himself repeatedly against the glass. But according to witnesses, he may not have done this...

The Villa of Dreams

The Villa of Dreams
  • Author(s): Lucy Coleman
  • Location(s): Lisbon
  • Genre(s): RomCom
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Seren Maddison left behind a rainy Britain to follow her dreams and live and work in Lisbon.The vibrancy, the beautiful scenery and the sunshine, made her fall in love and she knew, instantly, that it would be her forever...

All The Names

All The Names
  • Author(s): José Saramago
  • Location(s): Lisbon
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Senhor José is a lonely civil servant who spends his days labouring in the labyrinthine stacks of Lisbon’s central registry. Among the file-cards for the living and the dead, one – of an apparently ordinary woman – will transform...

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...

The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon

The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon
  • Author(s): Richard Zimler
  • Location(s): Lisbon
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Early 1500s

The year is 1506, and the streets of Lisbon are seething with fear and suspicion when Abraham Zarco is found dead, a naked girl at his side. Abraham was a renowned kabbalist, a practitioner of the arcane mysteries of...

Baltasar and Blimunda

Baltasar and Blimunda
  • Author(s): José Saramago
  • Location(s): Lisbon
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Early 18th Century

In early eighteenth-century Lisbon, Baltasar, a soldier who has lost his left hand in battle, falls in love with Blimunda, a young girl with visionary powers. From the day that he follows her home from the auto-da-fe where her...

City of Spies

City of Spies
  • Author(s): Mara Timon
  • Location(s): Lisbon
  • Genre(s): Historical, Thriller
  • Era(s): 1943

943LISBON, 1943. After escaping from Nazi-Occupied France, SOE agent Elisabeth de Mornay, codename Cecile, receives new orders: she must infiltrate high society in neutral Lisbon and find out who is leaking key information to the Germans about British troop...

The Weekend Away

The Weekend Away
  • Author(s): Sarah Alderson
  • Location(s): Lisbon
  • Genre(s): Crime, Thriller
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Orla and Kate have been best friends forever. Together they’ve faced it all – be it Orla’s struggles as a new mother or Kate’s messy divorce. And whatever else happens in their lives, they can always look forward to...

From Venice with Love

From Venice with Love
  • Author(s): Rosanna Ley
  • Location(s): Venice, Dorset, Lisbon, Prague
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

The bestselling author of The Lemon Tree Hotel returns with an enchanting new holiday read about family bonds and following your heart, wherever it might take you… With her marriage in danger of falling apart, Joanna returns home to...

The Return

The Return
  • Author(s): Dulce Maria Cardoso
  • Location(s): Angola, Lisbon
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1970s

Luanda, 1975. The Angolan War of Independence has been raging for at least a decade, but with the collapse of the Salazar dictatorship, defeat for the Portuguese is now in sight. Thousands of settlers are fleeing back to Portugal...

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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