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France Sketchbooks

France Sketchbooks
  • Author(s): Laurie Olin
  • Location(s): France
  • Genre(s): Nonfiction, Travelogue
  • Era(s): 1970s onwards

An artist/designer’s intimate and loving sketches and notes from 50 years of visits to France and looking carefully at aspects of life there, both humble and grand Looking carefully and noting in clear sketches what he sees, Olin presents...

French Exchange with Rubies

French Exchange with Rubies
  • Author(s): Stephanie McCarthy
  • Location(s): Marseilles, Carcassone
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): 1960s to 2017

When Elodie’s parents rejected her, she was sent to live with her controlling grandmother in Marseille. The only sign of her mother’s supposed affection for her were gifts of ruby necklaces which Elodie believed to be genuine. When we...

From Moulin Rouge to Gaudi’s City

From Moulin Rouge to Gaudi’s City
  • Author(s): E J Bauer
  • Location(s): France, Spain
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): present day

When Elizabeth receives a diagnosis of breast cancer, she reassesses her life’s to-do list. Having always suppressed her travel longings, she opens her neglected ‘someday’ ledger and takes a much closer look at the contents. After an opportune invitation...

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler
  • Author(s): E L Konigsburg
  • Location(s): New York City (NYC)
  • Genre(s): Children
  • Era(s): 20th Century

Claudia knew that she could never pull off the old-fashioned kind of running away… so she decided not to run FROM somewhere, but TO somewhere. And so, after some careful planning, she and her younger brother, Jamie, escaped– right...

Galápagos Regained

Galápagos Regained
  • Author(s): James Morrow
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Victorian era

Galápagos Regained centers on the fictional Chloe Bathurst, an unemployed Victorian actress who finds work on Charles Darwin’s estate, nurturing the strange birds, exotic lizards, and giant tortoises he brought back from his trip around the world. When Chloe...

Gallows Drop

Gallows Drop
  • Author(s): Mari Hannah
  • Location(s): Northumberland
  • Genre(s): Crime, Thriller
  • Era(s): Contemporary

At dawn on a lonely stretch of road, a body is found hanging from an ancient gallows the morning after a country show. Hours earlier, DCI Kate Daniels had seen the victim alive. With her leave period imminent, she’s...


  • Author(s): Nic Pizzolatto
  • Location(s): Galveston, Louisiana
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): 1980s

Roy Cady is by his own admission ‘a bad man’. With a snow flurry of cancer in his lungs and no one to live for, he’s a walking time-bomb of violence. Following a fling with his boss’s lover, he’s...

Games People Play

Games People Play
  • Author(s): Owen Mullen
  • Location(s): Scotland, Glasgow
  • Genre(s): Crime, Mystery
  • Era(s): 2016

When a baby is stolen from a Scottish beach, private investigator Charlie Cameron reluctantly agrees to take the case. While her parents are just yards away, thirteen-month-old Lily Hamilton is abducted from Ayr beach in Scotland. Three days later,...

Gazelle In The Shadows

Gazelle In The Shadows
  • Author(s): Michelle Peach
  • Location(s): Syria
  • Genre(s): Spy, Thriller
  • Era(s): 1990s

In the mid 90s, Elizabeth Booth is a young British college student studying Arabic at Durham University. With some travel and work already under her belt, she excels at her studies and is sent to Damascus to immerse herself...

Geisha: The Secret History of a Vanishing World

Geisha: The Secret History of a Vanishing World
  • Author(s): Lesley Downer
  • Location(s): Japan
  • Genre(s): Historical, Nonfiction
  • Era(s): Modern looking back

Ever since Westerners arrived in Japan, they have been intrigued by Japanese womanhood and, above all, the geisha. This fascination has spawned a wealth of extraordinary fictional creations, from Puccini’s Madame Butterfly to Arthur Golden’s Memoirs of a Geisha....

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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