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The Snack Thief

The Snack Thief
  • Author(s): Andrea Camilleri
  • Location(s): Sicily
  • Genre(s): Mystery
  • Era(s): 2000s

Never has Inspector Montalbano’s character – a unique blend of humor, cynicism, compassion, earthiness, and love of good food – been more compelling than in The Snack Thief. When an elderly man is stabbed to death in an elevator...

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The Snow Child

The Snow Child
  • Author(s): Eowyn Ivey
  • Location(s): Alaska
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1920s

A bewitching tale of heartbreak and hope set in 1920s Alaska and inspiration from a Russian fairytale Jack and Mabel have staked everything on making a fresh start for themselves in a homestead ‘at the world’s edge’ in the...

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The Snowman

The Snowman
  • Author(s): Jo Nesbo
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): Modern

A young boy wakes to find his mother missing. Their house is empty but outside in the garden he sees his mother’s favourite scarf – wrapped around the neck of a snowman. As Harry Hole and his team begin...

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The Soldier of Raetia

The Soldier of Raetia
  • Author(s): Heather Domin
  • Location(s): Rome
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 10 BC

Rome, 10BC. Manilus Dardanus, a new soldier from the provinces, applies for a military sponsorship with Cassius Valerian, the general of a small legion patrolling the northern frontier. Idealistic and naive, Dardanus has a lot to learn about the...

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The Soldier’s Return

The Soldier’s Return
  • Author(s): Melvyn Bragg
  • Location(s): Cumbria
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): post 1945

The end of World War Two has to be one of Britain’s most dewy-eyed, rose-tinted memories. Yearned for years in advance–Dame Vera Lynn built an entire career on such yearning–it spelled the end of the anguishing waiting, the terrible...

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The soldier’s Wife

The soldier’s Wife
  • Author(s): Margaret Leroy
  • Location(s): Guernsey
  • Genre(s): Historical, Romance
  • Era(s): WW2

As World War II draws closer and closer to Guernsey, Vivienne de la Mare knows that there will be sacrifices to be made. Not just for herself, but for her two young daughters and for her mother-in-law, for whom...

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The Somnambulist

The Somnambulist
  • Author(s): Essie Fox
  • Location(s): Heredfordshire, London
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Late 1800s

‘Some secrets are better left buried…’ When seventeen-year-old Phoebe Turner visits Wilton’s Music Hall to watch her Aunt Cissy performing on stage, she risks the wrath of her mother Maud who marches with the Hallelujah Army, campaigning for all...

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The Son-in-Law

The Son-in-Law
  • Author(s): Charity Norman
  • Location(s): York, Yorkshire
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

On a sharp winter’s morning, a man turns his back on prison. Joseph Scott has served his term. He’s lost almost everything: his career as a teacher, his wife, the future he’d envisaged. All he has left are his...

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The Song of Achilles

The Song of Achilles
  • Author(s): Madeline Miller
  • Location(s): Greece
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical, Romance
  • Era(s): 1100s BC

Greece in the age of Heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia. Here he is nobody, just another unwanted boy living in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles....

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The Songlines

The Songlines
  • Author(s): Bruce Chatwin
  • Location(s): Australia
  • Genre(s): Travelogue
  • Era(s): Various

The songlines are the invisible pathways that criss-cross Australia, ancient tracks connecting communities and following ancient boundaries. Along these lines Aboriginals passed the songs which revealed the creation of the land and the secrets of its past. In this...

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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