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Espresso Tales (#2 44 Scotland Street)

Espresso Tales (#2 44 Scotland Street)
  • Author(s): Alexander McCall Smith
  • Location(s): Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Humour
  • Era(s): Modern

From the back cover: Bruce, the intolerably vain and perpetually deluded ex-surveyor, is about to embark on a career as a wine merchant, while his long-suffering flatmate Pat Macgregor, set up by matchmaking Domenica Macdonald, finds herself invited to...

In the Company of Cheerful Ladies #6

In the Company of Cheerful Ladies #6
  • Author(s): Alexander McCall Smith
  • Location(s): Botswana
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Precious Ramotswe, that cheerful Botswanan private investigator of ‘traditional build’, is now married to Mr J.L.B. Matekoni of Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors. The Agency is busy, but Mma Ramotswe cannot ignore the plea which is made by a woman...

La’s Orchestra Saves the World

La’s Orchestra Saves the World
  • Author(s): Alexander McCall Smith
  • Location(s): Suffolk
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): WW2, 1950s

With a failed marriage behind her, La — short for Lavender — moves to the Suffolk countryside on the eve of the Second World War to nurse her broken heart. Lonely and at a loss, a friend encourages her...

Sunshine on Scotland Street (#8 44 Scotland Street)

Sunshine on Scotland Street (#8 44 Scotland Street)
  • Author(s): Alexander McCall Smith
  • Location(s): Edinburgh
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Humour
  • Era(s): Modern

Scotland Street witnesses the wedding of the century of Angus Lordie to Domenica Macdonald, but as the newlyweds depart on honeymoon Edinburgh is in disarray. Recovering from the trauma of being best man, Matthew is taken up by a...

Tea Time for the Traditionally Built #10

Tea Time for the Traditionally Built #10
  • Author(s): Alexander McCall Smith
  • Location(s): Botswana
  • Genre(s): Crime, Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

It is a troublesome fact on which even Mma Ramotswe and her assistant Mma Makutsi agree: there are things that men know and ladies do not, and vice versa. It is unfortunate, for example, when Mma Ramotswe’s newest client...

The Importance of Being Seven

The Importance of Being Seven
  • Author(s): Alexander McCall Smith
  • Location(s): Edinburgh
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Humour
  • Era(s): Modern

Despite inhabiting a great city renowned for its impeccable restraint, the extended family of 44 Scotland Street is trembling on the brink of reckless self-indulgence. Matthew and Elspeth receive startling – and expensive – news on a visit to...

The Lost Art of Gratitude

The Lost Art of Gratitude
  • Author(s): Alexander McCall Smith
  • Location(s): Edinburgh
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Isabel Dalhousie, philosopher and amateur solver of other people’s problems, meets an old foe, Minty Auchterlonie, at a birthday party attended by their young children. Ambitious Minty, now the head of a small investment bank, is in trouble with...

The Unbearable Lightness of Scones (# 44 Scotland Street)

The Unbearable Lightness of Scones (# 44 Scotland Street)
  • Author(s): Alexander McCall Smith
  • Location(s): Edinburgh
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Humour
  • Era(s): Modern

To the casual observer, the great enlightened city of Edinburgh, home of no-nonsense philosophers and cream teas, might appear immune to the rollercoaster of strong emotions. But at 44 Scotland Street, as Matthew and Elspeth embark on the risky...

The World According to Bertie (#4 44 Scotland Street)

The World According to Bertie (#4 44 Scotland Street)
  • Author(s): Alexander McCall Smith
  • Location(s): Edinburgh
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Humour
  • Era(s): Modern

Poor put-upon Bertie is still struggling to escape his overbearing mother’s influence, his yoga lessons and his pink bedroom while wondering why new baby brother Ulysses looks uncomfortably like his psychotherapist. The insufferably handsome Bruce has returned from London...

Tears of the Giraffe

Tears of the Giraffe
  • Author(s): Alexander McCall Smith
  • Location(s): Botswana
  • Genre(s): Mystery
  • Era(s): 20th century

“The giraffe gives its tears to the women and they weave them into the basket. Why does the giraffe gives its tears? I suppose that it means that we can all give something. A giraffe has nothing else to...

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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