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300 Days of Sun

300 Days of Sun
  • Author(s): Deborah Lawrenson
  • Location(s): Faro, Lisbon, The Algarve
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Combining the atmosphere of Jess Walters Beautiful Ruins with the intriguing historical backstory of Christina Baker Kline s The Orphan Train, Deborah Lawrenson s mesmerizing novel transports readers to a sunny Portuguese town with a shadowy past where two...

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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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A Small Death in Lisbon

A Small Death in Lisbon
  • Author(s): Robert Wilson
  • Location(s): Berlin, Lisbon
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): 1940s and 1990s

Europe, 1941: Lisbon is one of the world’s tensest cities, and as the Nazis and Allies jostle for power, Iberia becomes a fulcrum for the menace that is about to engulf Europe. Klaus Felsen, torn from his Berlin factory...

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Night Train to Lisbon

Night Train to Lisbon
  • Author(s): Pascal Mercier
  • Location(s): Lisbon
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Raimund Gregorius is a Swiss middle-aged teacher of ancient languages in Bern. His routine id disturbed when he has a strange encounter with a Portuguese woman. He learns of the work of Amadeu Prado and is energised into travelling...

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Pereira Maintains

Pereira Maintains
  • Author(s): Antonio Tabucchi
  • Location(s): Lisbon
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1938

A short novel by the Italian writer Antonio Tabucchi who died March 2012. Salazar’s government at the time was sympathetic to fascism, in similar vein to Mussolini and Franco. Pereira is a journalist and is asked to set up...

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The Return of the Caravels

The Return of the Caravels
  • Author(s): Antonio Lobo Antunes
  • Location(s): Lisbon
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1974

The Return of the Caravels is a powerful indictment of Portuguese colonialism and another literary tour de force from the pen of Antonio Lobo Antunes, “the greatest living Portuguese writer” (Vogue). It is set in Lisbon as Portugal’s African...

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The Piano Cemetery

The Piano Cemetery
  • Author(s): Jose Luis Peixoto
  • Location(s): Lisbon
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 20th Century

The Lazaro family are carpenters who would rather be piano-makers. In the dusty back room of their carpentry shop in Lisbon is the ‘piano cemetery’, filled with broken-down pianos that provide the spare parts needed for repairing and rebuilding...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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