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The Color Purple

The Color Purple
  • Author(s): Alice Walker
  • Location(s): Georgia
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1910-1940

Born in Eatonton, Georgia, a tiny town in middle Georgia, Alice Walker was the first African American woman to win a Pulitzer prize. She won it with The Color Purple, and if you read it, you will see why....

The Colossus of Maroussi

The Colossus of Maroussi
  • Author(s): Henry Miller
  • Location(s): Greece
  • Genre(s): Travelogue, Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): 1930s

‘Out of the sea, as if Homer himself had arranged it for me, the islands bobbed up, lonely, deserted, mysterious in the fading light’ Enraptured by a young woman’s account of the landscapes of Greece, Henry Miller set off...

The Colossus of Rhodes

The Colossus of Rhodes
  • Author(s): Caroline Lawrence
  • Location(s): Rhodes
  • Genre(s): Adventure, Children
  • Era(s): 79 AD

Anxious to solve the mystery of whether his mother is still alive, and keen to follow his uncle’s dying wish, Lupus and his friends sail to the island of Rhodes, site of one of the seven wonders of the...

The Colour of the Sun

The Colour of the Sun
  • Author(s): David Almond
  • Location(s): Tyne and Wear
  • Genre(s): Children, Fiction
  • Era(s): contemporary

This is a moving, funny and inspirational novel from the bestselling author of Skellig. *Shortlisted for the 2018 Costa Book Awards.* “The day is long, the world is wide, you’re young and free.” One hot summer morning, Davie steps...

The Colour of Things Unseen

The Colour of Things Unseen
  • Author(s): Annee Lawrence
  • Location(s): Sydney, Java, Yogyakarta
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Romance
  • Era(s): contemporary

When Adi leaves his village in Indonesia to take up an art scholarship in Australia, he arrives in the bewildering Sydney art world, determined to succeed. Following his first solo exhibition at a smart art gallery, Adi dares to...

The Colour of Thunder

The Colour of Thunder
  • Author(s): Suzanne Harrison
  • Location(s): Hong Kong
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Thriller
  • Era(s): Modern

One small island, six troubled lives, and the storm of the century is on its way. In one of the world’s most vibrant international cities, present day Hong Kong, the lives of six people become irreversibly intertwined. The past...

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...

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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