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A Place in the Hills

A Place in the Hills
  • Author(s): Michelle Paver
  • Location(s): Rome, The Pyrenees
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical, Romance
  • Era(s): 1st Century AD, Modern

Antonia had become obsessed with a long-dead poet, Cassius. A soldier and lover, he had lived in the hills of Provence in Roman times where Antonia was now engaged in an archaeological dig. Her father was hoping to uncover...

Last Chance in the Pyrenees

Last Chance in the Pyrenees
  • Author(s): Julia Stagg
  • Location(s): The Pyrenees
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

No 5 in the Fogas series When tragedy strikes the small mountain village of Fogas in the French Pyrenees, the residents must once more rally round to protect their precious way of life – and this time the stakes...

L’Auberge

L’Auberge
  • Author(s): Julia Stagg
  • Location(s): The Pyrenees
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Humour
  • Era(s): Modern

The small commune of Fogas in the French Pyrenees has been thrown into turmoil by the revelation that the Auberge des Deux Vallées has been bought by an English couple and not by the Mayor’s brother-in-law as had been...

The French Postmistress

The French Postmistress
  • Author(s): Julia Stagg
  • Location(s): The Pyrenees
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

When her post office burns down, postmistress Veronique starts lobbying for its replacement. But her fellow residents of the small commune of Fogas in the French Pyrenees are too preoccupied to rally to her cause. Mayor Serge Papon, overwhelmed...

The Frozen Dead

The Frozen Dead
  • Author(s): Bernard Minier
  • Location(s): The Pyrenees, Toulouse
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): Modern

The first victim is a horse: its headless body hangs suspended from the edge of a frozen cliff. On the same day as the gruesome discovery, a young psychiatrist starts her first job at a secure asylum for the...

A Piano in the Pyrenees

A Piano in the Pyrenees
  • Author(s): Tony Hawks
  • Location(s): The Pyrenees
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs, Humour, Travelogue
  • Era(s): Modern

The French Pyrenees become Hawks’ new new home and as he tries to settle in, he recounts many of his adventures with the native folk, the struggles trying to get things done – all with insight and humour.

French Fried

French Fried
  • Author(s): Chris Dolley
  • Location(s): The Pyrenees
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs, Crime
  • Era(s): Mid 1990s

Just when Chris and Shelagh think nothing more could possibly go wrong, they discover that Chris’s identity has been stolen and their life savings – all the money from their house sale in England that was going to finance...

Palm Trees in the Pyrenees

Palm Trees in the Pyrenees
  • Author(s): Elly Grant
  • Location(s): The Pyrenees
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): Modern

Palm Trees in the Pyrenees gives you an insight into the workings and atmosphere of small town France against a background of gender, sexual, racial and religious prejudice. The story unfolds, told by Danielle a single, downtrodden , thirty...

Playdate

Playdate
  • Author(s): Alex Dahl
  • Location(s): Norway, Ariège, Sandefjord, The Pyrenees
  • Genre(s): Psychological Thriller
  • Era(s): 2010s

It was meant to be your daughter’s first sleepover. Now it’s an abduction.   Lucia Blix went home from school for a playdate with her new friend Josie. Later that evening, her mother Elisa dropped her overnight things round...

The Mysteries of Udolpho

The Mysteries of Udolpho
  • Author(s): Ann Radcliffe
  • Location(s): The Appenines, The Pyrenees
  • Genre(s): Historical, Mystery
  • Era(s): Late 1950s

`Her present life appeared like the dream of a distempered imagination, or like one of those frightful fictions, in which the wild genius of the poets sometimes delighted. Rreflections brought only regret, and anticipation terror.’ Such is the state...

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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