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Death in the East

Death in the East
  • Author(s): Abir Mukherjee
  • Location(s): Assam, Kolkata (Calcutta), London
  • Genre(s): Crime, Historical, Mystery
  • Era(s): Early 20th century

Calcutta police detective Captain Sam Wyndham and his quick-witted Indian Sergeant, Surrender-not Banerjee, are back for another rip-roaring adventure set in 1920s India. 1905, London. As a young constable, Sam Wyndham is on his usual East London beat when...

More Bodies Will Fall

More Bodies Will Fall
  • Author(s): Ankush Saikia
  • Location(s): Delhi, Manipur, Nagaland
  • Genre(s): Mystery, Crime, Thriller
  • Era(s): present day

A girl from north-east India is murdered in Delhi. The main suspect is her ‘Indian’ boyfriend, but there isn’t enough evidence to prove his guilt. Amid a growing outcry about police neglect and racial injustice, detective Arjun Arora reluctantly...

The Girl from Nongrim Hills

The Girl from Nongrim Hills
  • Author(s): Ankush Saikia
  • Location(s): Shillong
  • Genre(s): Crime, Thriller
  • Era(s): Modern

Bok, a guitar player with a Shillong band, has a lot on his mind. His elder brother Kitdor has lost 50 lakh rupees on a trip to Nagaland to purchase arms for a group of militants. Kitdor is given...

Teatime for the Firefly

Teatime for the Firefly
  • Author(s): Shona Patel
  • Location(s): Assam
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical, Romance
  • Era(s): 1940s

Assam comes to life through Layla’s eyes and when she moves to Aynakhal, and excellently brings to life the colonial society of the tea plantations. Atmospheric and a beautiful portrayal of what love means.

The Secret Children

The Secret Children
  • Author(s): Alison McQueen
  • Location(s): Assam
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1920s

Assam, 1925. James MacDonald is one of the sons of empire who has no yearning for England. Running a tea plantation, he loves India and is reluctant to choose a British bride from the eager crowds sent over. But...

Land Where I Flee

Land Where I Flee
  • Author(s): Prajwal Parajuly
  • Location(s): Gangtok
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

To commemorate Chitralekha Nepauney’s Chaurasi – her landmark 84th birthday – three of Chitralekha’s grandchildren are travelling to Gangtok, Sikkim, to pay their respects. Agastaya is flying in from New York. Although a successful oncologist, he is dreading his...

Boats on Land

Boats on Land
  • Author(s): Janice Pariat
  • Location(s): Shillong, North East India
  • Genre(s): Short Stories
  • Era(s): Various

Boats on Land is a unique way of looking at India’s northeast and its people against a larger historical canvas—the early days of the British Raj, the World Wars, conversions to Christianity, and the missionaries. This is a world...

Land of the Living

Land of the Living
  • Author(s): Georgina Harding
  • Location(s): Nagaland
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1940s

Charlie’s experiences at the Battle of Kohima and the months he spent lost in the remote jungles of Nagaland during the Second World War are now history. Home and settled on a farm in Norfolk and newly married to...

The Girl from the Tea Garden

The Girl from the Tea Garden
  • Author(s): Janet MacLeod Trotter
  • Location(s): North East India
  • Genre(s): Historical, Fiction
  • Era(s): 1930s and WW2

She’s half the world away, but her heart remains in India. In the dying days of the Raj, Anglo-Indian schoolgirl Adela Robson dreams of a glamorous career on the stage. When she sneaks away from school in the back...

The Tea Planter’s Bride (#2 India Tea Series)

The Tea Planter’s Bride (#2 India Tea Series)
  • Author(s): Janet MacLeod Trotter
  • Location(s): Assam, Punjab
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1920s

When Sophie is suddenly orphaned at the age of six, she is taken from her parents’ tea plantation, the only home she has ever known, to be raised halfway across the world in Scotland. As the years pass and...

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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