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The Secret Hours

The Secret Hours
  • Author(s): Santa Montefiore
  • Location(s): Ireland
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

‘Let the wind take me and the soft rain settle me into the Irish soil from where I came. And may my sins be forgiven.’ Arethusa Clayton has always been formidable, used to getting her own way. On her...

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The Secret Language of Stones

The Secret Language of Stones
  • Author(s): M J Rose
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): early 20th century

As World War I rages and the Romanov dynasty reaches its sudden, brutal end, a young jewelry maker discovers love, passion, and her own healing powers in this rich and romantic ghost story, the perfect follow-up to M.J. Rose...

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The Secret Life Of Anna Blanc

The Secret Life Of Anna Blanc
  • Author(s): Jennifer Kincheloe
  • Location(s): Los Angeles
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Early 1900s

It’s 1907 Los Angeles. Mischievous socialite Anna Blanc is the kind of young woman who devours purloined crime novels but must disguise them behind covers of more domestically-appropriate reading. She could match wits with Sherlock Holmes, but in her...

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The Secret Life of France

The Secret Life of France
  • Author(s): Lucy Wadham
  • Location(s): France
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): Modern

At the age of eighteen Lucy Wadham ran away from English boys and into the arms of a Frenchman. Twenty-five years later, having married in a French Catholic Church, put her children through the French educational system and divorced...

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The Secret Life of Syrian Lingerie

The Secret Life of Syrian Lingerie
  • Author(s): Malu Halasa, Rana Salam
  • Location(s): Syria
  • Genre(s): Humour, Nonfiction
  • Era(s): early 2000s

Syrian lingerie is racy attire little-known in the west. Manufactured in Syria and exported throughout the Middle East, it blinks, sings, vibrates, and flashes lights, and is adorned with everything from faux fir to artificial flowers and feathered birds...

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The Secret Messenger

The Secret Messenger
  • Author(s): Mandy Robotham
  • Location(s): London, Venice
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1943 /2017

Venice, 1943 The world is at war, and Stella Jilani is leading a double life. By day she works in the lion’s den as a typist for the Reich; by night, she risks her life as a messenger for...

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The Secret of Lost Things

The Secret of Lost Things
  • Author(s): Sheridan Hay
  • Location(s): New York City (NYC)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

A stunning debut from a new Australian writer – the story of a treasure hunt through a vast New York bookshop. At eighteen, Rosemary arrives in New York from Tasmania with little more than her love of books and...

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The Secret of the Sacred Scarab

The Secret of the Sacred Scarab
  • Author(s): Fiona Ingram
  • Location(s): Egypt
  • Genre(s): Young Adult
  • Era(s): 21st century

In this exciting Middle Grade adventure set in Egypt, a 5000-year-old mystery comes to life. A scruffy peddler gives Adam and Justin Sinclair an old Egyptian scarab on their very first day in Egypt. Only when the evil Dr....

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The Secret of Villa Serena

The Secret of Villa Serena
  • Author(s): Domenica de Rosa
  • Location(s): Tuscany
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Romance
  • Era(s): contemporary

Emily looks like she has it all Living the dream There’s the lovingly restored Tuscan farmhouse, the three beautiful children, the successful husband, the newspaper column detailing her glamorous expat life. But when Emily’s husband dumps her by text...

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The Secret Speech

The Secret Speech
  • Author(s): Tom Rob Smith
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Mid 20th Century

Tom Rob Smith’s first book, Child 44, enjoyed unprecedented attention and acclaim (as did its youthful author), so it was inevitable that the appetite for that novel’s successor would be keen. Now it’s here, and The Secret Speech, largely...

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Enter the inaugural TripFiction 'Sense of Place' Creative Writing Competition!

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