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The Ghost

The Ghost
  • Author(s): Robert Harris
  • Location(s): Martha's Vineyard
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 2000s

The moment I heard how McAra died I should have walked away. I can see that now… The narrator of Robert Harris’s gripping new novel is a professional ghostwriter – cynical, mercenary, and with a nice line in deadpan...

The Ghost Factory

The Ghost Factory
  • Author(s): Jenny McCartney
  • Location(s): London, Northern Ireland
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Late 20th century

A powerful debut set in Belfast and London in the latter years of the twentieth century. The Troubles turned Northern Ireland into a ghost factory: as the manufacturing industry withered, the death business boomed. In trying to come to...

The Ghost of Gosswater

The Ghost of Gosswater
  • Author(s): Lucy Strange
  • Location(s): The Lake District
  • Genre(s): Children, Historical
  • Era(s): Late 1800s

The Lake District, 1899. The Earl is dead and cruel Cousin Clarence has inherited everything. Twelve-year-old Lady Agatha Asquith is cast out of Gosswater Hall to live in a tiny, tumbledown cottage with a stranger who claims to be...

The Ghost of Villa Winter

The Ghost of Villa Winter
  • Author(s): Isobel Blackthorn
  • Location(s): Fuerteventura
  • Genre(s): Mystery
  • Era(s): Contemporary

English psychic Clarissa Wilkinson is holidaying in the Canary Islands. Hoping to have an adventure, she boards a tour bus bound for Villa Winter, a secret Nazi base on the idyllic island of Fuerteventura. Instead, she discovers a body...

The Ghost Tree

The Ghost Tree
  • Author(s): Sara Bain
  • Location(s): Dumfries and Galloway
  • Genre(s): Paranormal
  • Era(s): Modern

Five years after the death of his wife, MacAoidh Armstrong moves into a smallholding in southern Scotland with the intention of living a self-sufficient existence. Although he’s heard the steading has a reputation for being haunted, the pragmatic Highlander...

The Ghostly Father

The Ghostly Father
  • Author(s): Sue Barnard
  • Location(s): Venice, Verona
  • Genre(s): Historical, Romance
  • Era(s): Late 1400s to early 1500s, with a present-day framework

The discovery of an ancient Italian manuscript gives rise to a fascinating question: What if the story of Romeo & Juliet really did happen in 15th-century Italy – and what if it didn’t happen quite the way we think...

The Ghosts of Altona

The Ghosts of Altona
  • Author(s): Craig Russell
  • Location(s): Hamburg
  • Genre(s): Crime, Thriller
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Head of Hamburg’s Murder Commission, Jan Fabel is used to the dead, but when a routine enquiry spirals out of control he finds himself on much closer terms with death – his own. As he struggles to process this...

The Ghosts of China

The Ghosts of China
  • Author(s): G I Lewis
  • Location(s): Merthyr Tydfil
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 2013 looking back to mid 19th Century

Merthyr Tydfil in 1844 is a frontier town on the cutting edge of the industrial revolution where wealth and crime walk hand in hand. Introduced just a few years earlier, the Glamorgan Constabulary fight to take control of this...

The Ghosts of Martyrs Square: An Eyewitness Account of Lebanon’s Life Struggle

The Ghosts of Martyrs Square: An Eyewitness Account of Lebanon’s Life Struggle
  • Author(s): Michael Young
  • Location(s): Lebanon
  • Genre(s): Nonfiction
  • Era(s): 1980s onwards

Different from the Arab countries of the Middle East, Lebanon is a pluralistic society – 18 religious sects, a large minority of Christians. It is often seen as a ‘message’ to the possibility of Arab democratization, but it has...

The Giddy Career of Mr Gadd (deceased)

The Giddy Career of Mr Gadd (deceased)
  • Author(s): Marie Gameson
  • Location(s): United Kingdom, China
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Psychological Thriller
  • Era(s): Current

Winifred Rigby is proud of having no memory – an achievement she attributes to years of Buddhist meditation (and a profound epiphany on a mountain in Taiwan). Determined to get the old Winnie back, her staunchly Catholic mother and...

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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