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The Blood of Flowers

The Blood of Flowers
  • Author(s): Anita Amirrezvani
  • Location(s): Isfahan
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 17th Century

Set in seventeenth-century Iran, THE BLOOD OF FLOWERS is the powerful and haunting story of a young girl’s journey from innocence to adulthood. A village girl’s dreams of marriage end on the death of her father. Cast on the...

The Company She Keeps

The Company She Keeps
  • Author(s): Diana R Chambers
  • Location(s): Iran, Paris
  • Era(s): Modern

A young southern woman, Evelyn-also known as “E”-is confronted by a CIA officer, Nick, who says her mysterious lover is being investigated as a foreign mole. Shocked, she agrees to cooperate, secretly. E thus enters the international world of...

The Levelling

The Levelling
  • Author(s): Dan Mayland
  • Location(s): Baku, Iran, Turkmenistan
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Modern

These days, Mark Sava spends more time in tutoring sessions than in cloak-and-dagger rendezvous. The former CIA station chief of Azerbaijan has settled into the modest life of a professor in Baku…until an assassin makes a brazen attempt on...

The Saffron Kitchen

The Saffron Kitchen
  • Author(s): Yasmin Crowther
  • Location(s): Iran, London, Mazareh
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Mid 1900s onwards

come. Richmond Hill in London is a far cry from where Maryam Mazar was born and raised, the little village of Mazareh in Iran, but this affluent suburb is where she has lived for more than forty years. She...

The Wandering Falcon

The Wandering Falcon
  • Author(s): Jamil Ahmad
  • Location(s): Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Short Stories
  • Era(s): Late 20th Century

This book is set in the heart of the stateless stretch of mountains where the borders of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran meet: an area now in the news and seen as lawless, and rulled by tribal Taliban, but pre...

Whirlwind

Whirlwind
  • Author(s): James Clavell
  • Location(s): Tehran
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1979

“Whirlwind” is the story of three weeks in Tehran in February 1979: three weeks of fanaticism, passion, self-sacrifice and heartbreak. Caught between the revolutionaries and the forces of international intrigue is a team of professional pilots. They are ordered...

Children of the Jacaranda Tree

Children of the Jacaranda Tree
  • Author(s): Sahar Delijani
  • Location(s): Tehran
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1983 and late 2000s

Tehran, 1983. A city paralysed by fear, its people silenced. And the beating heart of the regime is Evin prison. Yet even within its walls three women dare to dream of a life beyond tyranny. Azar gives birth to her...

Farangi Girl

Farangi Girl
  • Author(s): Ashley Dartnell
  • Location(s): Florida, Tehran
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): 1960s onwards

Ashley Dartnell’s mother was a glamorous American, her father a dashing Englishman, each trying to slough off their past and upgrade to a more romantic and exotic present in Iran. As the story starts, Ashley is eight years old...

Prisoner of Tehran: One Woman’s Story of Survival Inside a Torture Jail

Prisoner of Tehran: One Woman’s Story of Survival Inside a Torture Jail
  • Author(s): Marina Nemat
  • Location(s): Tehran
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): 1980s onwards

‘Nemat tells of her harrowing experience as a young Iranian girl at the start of the Islamic revolution. In January 1982, the 16-year-old student activist was arrested, jailed in Tehran’s infamous Evin prison, tortured and sentenced to death. Ali,...

Revolutionary Iran

Revolutionary Iran
  • Author(s): Michael Axworthy
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Nonfiction
  • Era(s): Later 20th Century/modern

For over 30 years the Islamic Republic has resisted widespread condemnation, sanctions, and sustained attacks by Iraq in an eight-year war. Many policy-makers today share a weary wish that Iran would somehow just disappear as a problem. But with...

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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