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Unfortunately, It Was Paradise: Selected Poems

Unfortunately, It Was Paradise: Selected Poems
  • Author(s): Mahmoud Darwish
  • Location(s): Palestine
  • Genre(s): Poetry
  • Era(s): late 20th century

Mahmoud Darwish is a literary rarity: at once critically acclaimed as one of the most important poets in the Arabic language, and beloved as the voice of his people. He is a living legend whose lyrics are sung by...

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Unheard Of

Unheard Of
  • Author(s): John David Bethel
  • Location(s): Las Vegas
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Current

A serial killer is haunting the Las Vegas Strip. The brutality is alarming. The number of victims is growing. “Blood leads” and it is being splashed across the headlines and clogging air time. But more important to the men...

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Unkempt Secrets from The War

Unkempt Secrets from The War
  • Author(s): Jennifer Malech
  • Location(s): London
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1930's

Living in London, England during the wake of World War II, Nel Rosenberg, a German girl, finds herself facing great opposition, especially after falling for William Beckham who is neither of her class nor race. As war continues to...

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Unknown Sands

Unknown Sands
  • Author(s): John W Kropf
  • Location(s): Turkmenistan
  • Genre(s): Nonfiction, Travelogue
  • Era(s): early 21st century

Turkmenistan was once the world’s most feared territory. Since the time of the Mongols, the nomadic tribes of its vast desert wastes were deemed ungovernable. Russians and Persians were captured as slaves and carried off by the fierce Turkmen....

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Unlocking Horns: Forgiveness and Reconciliation in Burundi

Unlocking Horns: Forgiveness and Reconciliation in Burundi
  • Author(s): David Niyonzima
  • Location(s): Burundi
  • Genre(s): Nonfiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

The compelling story of David Niyonzima’s personal experience with the violence and chaos of central Africa. The book offers a message of hope and healing in the midst of tribal strife.

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Unmarriageable

Unmarriageable
  • Author(s): Soniah Kamal
  • Location(s): Pakistan
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Romance
  • Era(s): contemporary

Alys Binat has found happiness teaching English literature to schoolgirls. Although she knows that many of her students won’t finish their education before dropping out to marry, Alys still hopes to inspire them to dream of more than what’s...

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Unnatural Exposure

Unnatural Exposure
  • Author(s): Patricia Cornwell
  • Location(s): Virginia
  • Genre(s): Crime, Fiction
  • Era(s): 1990s

Virginia Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta has a bloody puzzle on her hands: five headless, limbless cadavers in Ireland, plus four similar victims in a landfill back home. Is a serial butcher loose in Virginia? That’s what the panicked public...

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Unscripted

Unscripted
  • Author(s): Claire Handscombe
  • Location(s): Cambridge, London, Pasadena
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 2010s

Nobody is a bigger fan of actor Thomas Cassidy than Libby is. Nobody. That’s why she’s totally going to marry him. She is going to write a novel, name the main character after Thom, and find a way to...

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Unseen

Unseen
  • Author(s): Karin Slaughter
  • Location(s): Georgia, Macon
  • Genre(s): Crime, Fiction
  • Era(s): early 21st century

Karin Slaughter’s novels featuring Special Agent Will Trent are utterly riveting and masterfully drawn. Her latest thriller, Unseen, pits detectives, lovers, and enemies against one another in an unforgettable standoff between righteous courage and deepest evil. Will Trent is...

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Unshapely Things

Unshapely Things
  • Author(s): Mark Del Franco
  • Location(s): Boston
  • Genre(s): Fantasy, Paranormal
  • Era(s): Modern

In the alleys of the decrepit Boston neighborhood known as the Weird, fairy prostitutes are turning up dead. The crime scenes show signs of residual magic, but the Guild, which polices the fey, has more “important” crimes to investigate...

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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