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The Colours of Death

The Colours of Death
  • Author(s): Patricia Marques
  • Location(s): Lisbon
  • Genre(s): Horror, Thriller
  • Era(s): 2021

The Murder In the Gare do Oriente, a body sits, slumped, in a stationary train. A high-profile man appears to have died by throwing himself repeatedly against the glass. But according to witnesses, he may not have done this...

The Comedians

The Comedians
  • Author(s): Graham Greene
  • Location(s): Haiti
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1960s

Three men meet on a ship bound for Haiti, a world in the grip of the corrupt ‘Papa Doc’ and the Tontons Macoute, his sinister secret police. Brown the hotelier, Smith the innocent American and Jones the confidence man...

The Commandos

The Commandos
  • Author(s): Richard Camp
  • Location(s): Scottish Highlands
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): World War II

Set against the backdrop of Britain in 1942, this brand new WWII novel follows two US Marines as they undergo the brutal British Commando training regime in the Scottish Highlands. Penned by a veteran marine, this novel is written...

The Commitments

The Commitments
  • Author(s): Roddy Doyle
  • Location(s): The Northside
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1980s

Barrytown, Dublin, has something to sing about. The Commitments are spreading the gospel of the soul. Ably managed by Jimmy Rabbitte, brilliantly coached by Joey ‘The Lips’ Fagan, their twin assault on Motown and Barrytown takes them by leaps...

The Committed

The Committed
  • Author(s): Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • Location(s): Paris
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1981

The long-awaited new novel from one of America’s most highly regarded contemporary writers, The Committed follows the Sympathizer as he arrives in Paris as a refugee. There he and his blood brother Bon try to escape their pasts and...

The Commoner

The Commoner
  • Author(s): John Burnham Schwartz
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1959 - 1989

In this national bestseller from the author of Reservation Road, a young woman, Haruko, becomes the first nonaristocratic woman to penetrate the Japanese monarchy. When she marries the Crown Prince of Japan in 1959, Haruko is met with cruelty...

The Companion

The Companion
  • Author(s): Sarah Dunnakey
  • Location(s): Yorkshire
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical, Mystery
  • Era(s): 1930s and modern day

Précis Courtesy of Goodreads: 1932 – Twelve-year-old Billy Shaw lives in a palace. Potter’s Pleasure Palace – the best entertainment venue this side of the Pennines, complete with dancing and swing-boats and picnickers and a roller-skating rink. Billy’s ma...

The Composition

The Composition
  • Author(s): Antonio Skármeta
  • Location(s): Chile
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1970s

In a village in Chile, Pedro and Daniel are two typical nine-year-old boys. Up until Daniel’s father gets arrested, their biggest worry had been how to improve their soccer skills. Now, they are thrust into a situation where they...

The Concubine

The Concubine
  • Author(s): Elechi Amadi
  • Location(s): Nigeria
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1980s

Ihuoma, a beautiful young widow, has the admiration of the entire community in which she lives, and especially of the hunter Ekwueme. But their passion is fated and jealousy, a love potion and the closeness of the spirit world...

The Concubine’s Daughter

The Concubine’s Daughter
  • Author(s): Pai Kit Fai
  • Location(s): China
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): early 20th century

Lotus Feet. He would give his daughter the dainty feet of a courtesan. This would enhance her beauty and her price, making her future shine like a new coin. He smiled to himself, pouring fresh tea. And it would...

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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