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The Music and Life of Beethoven

The Music and Life of Beethoven
  • Author(s): Lewis Lockwood
  • Location(s): Vienna
  • Genre(s): Biography
  • Era(s): 19th Century

The life of Beethoven and the creation of his works, amidst his a turbulent personal situation and against a background of political and social upheaval. Highly accessible as a read and real insight into the life and times of...

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The Music Book

The Music Book
  • Author(s): Dave O'Leary
  • Location(s): Seattle
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 2015

What does music mean? Can it be more than the sum of its notes and melodies? Can it truly change you? Rob, a musician turned reluctant music critic, poses these questions as everything important in his life appears to...

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The Mysteries of Algiers

The Mysteries of Algiers
  • Author(s): Robert Irwin
  • Location(s): Algiers
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1950s

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The Nakano Thrift Shop

The Nakano Thrift Shop
  • Author(s): Hiromi Kawakami
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Era(s): Modern

When Hitomi takes a job on the cash register of a neighbourhood thrift store, she finds herself drawn into a very idiosyncratic community. There is Mr Nakano, an enigmatic ladies’ man with several ex-wives; Masayo, Mr Nakano’s sister, an...

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The Naked Sommelier

The Naked Sommelier
  • Author(s): Claire Doyle
  • Location(s): England, France, United States (USA)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Present Day

Enrolled at ‘alternative school’ to study agriculture, Laura McLove is smitten by Leo, a rugged natural wine expert, who is also an avid traveller. She attempts to seduce him using the Law of Attraction in the hope of joining...

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The Name of the Rose

The Name of the Rose
  • Author(s): Umberto Eco
  • Location(s): Piedmont
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 14th Century

The year is 1327. Franciscans in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Baskerville arrives to investigate.When his delicate mission is suddenly overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths, Brother William turns detective. He collects evidence,...

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The Name of the Tree

The Name of the Tree
  • Author(s): Celia Barker Lottridge
  • Location(s): Niger
  • Genre(s): Fantasy, Fiction
  • Era(s): folk tale

When a drought spreads through the land of the short grass, the animals set out across the great plain to find food. Their only hope for survival is a tree with a variety of colorful fruit. The problem is...

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The Names

The Names
  • Author(s): Don DeLillo
  • Location(s): Greece, Mani
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Don DeLillo’s seventh novel is an exotic thriller. Set mostly in Greece, it concerns a mysterious ‘language cult’ seemingly behind a number of unexplained murders. Obsessed by news of this ritualistic violence, an American risk analyst is drawn to...

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The Nanny Diaries

The Nanny Diaries
  • Author(s): Emma McLaughlin
  • Location(s): Manhattan
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): early 21st century

Wanted: One young woman to take care of four-year-old boy. Must be cheerful, enthusiastic and selfless–bordering on masochistic. Must relish sixteen-hour shifts with a deliberately nap-deprived preschooler. Must love getting thrown up on, literally and figuratively, by everyone in...

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The Nantucket Inn

The Nantucket Inn
  • Author(s): Pamela M Kelley
  • Location(s): Nantucket
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Lisa Hodges needs to make a decision fast. Thanks to her dead husband’s gambling addiction, their savings are almost gone. In her early fifties with a large, waterfront home on Nantucket to support, Lisa hasn’t worked in over thirty...

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Hurry, hurry! Our 'Sense of Place' Creative Writing Competition entries close on 15th November...

750 - 3000 words with strong 'sense of place' theme

Short story, travelogue, or memoir

Top judges to decide the winners

Cash prizes totalling £500 / $600 

Winning entry published on TripFiction site and publicised on Social Media

Entries close 15th November 2020