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Crossed Bones

Crossed Bones
  • Author(s): Jane Johnson
  • Location(s): Morocco, Penzance
  • Genre(s): Historical, Romance
  • Era(s): Modern , 1620s

This is a fictional account of a pirate raid which occured off of the Cornish coastline in the 1600s, but is actually based on historical facts that have been meticulously researched. 60 villagers are captured and stolen off to...

In Arabian Nights

In Arabian Nights
  • Author(s): Tahir Shah
  • Location(s): Morocco
  • Genre(s): Short Stories
  • Era(s): Various

Shortly after the 2005 London bombings, Tahir Shah was thrown into a Pakistani prison on suspicion of spying for Al-Qaeda. What sustained him during his terrifying, weeks-long ordeal were the stories his father told him as a child in...

Leaving Tangier

Leaving Tangier
  • Author(s): Tahar Ben Jelloun
  • Location(s): Barcelona, Tangier
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1990s onwards

Young Moroccans gather regularly in a seafront cafe to gaze at the lights on the Spanish coast glimmering in the distance. Azel, the protagonist, is intent on leaving in one way or another. On the brink of despair he...

Lords of the Atlas

Lords of the Atlas
  • Author(s): Gavin Maxwell
  • Location(s): Morocco
  • Genre(s): Historical
  • Era(s): Late 19th and 20th Centuries

The greatest Moroccan travel book of all time, vital reading for the new upmarket Marrakesh tourism – one of the bibles of British twentieth-century Orientalism – by the author of A Ring of Bright Water – describes the extraordinary...

Secret Son

Secret Son
  • Author(s): Laila Lalami
  • Location(s): Casablanca
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Early 2000s

Casablanca’s stinking alleys are the only home that 19 year-old Youssef El-Mekki has ever known. Raised by his mother in a one-room home, the film stars flickering on the local cinemas screen offer the only glimmer of hope to...

The Forgiven

The Forgiven
  • Author(s): Lawrence Osborne
  • Location(s): Morocco
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

David and Jo Henniger, a doctor and children’s book author, in search of an escape from their less than happy lives in London, accept the invitation of their old friends Richard and Dally to attend their annual bacchanal at...

The Jackal’s Share

The Jackal’s Share
  • Author(s): Chris Morgan Jones
  • Location(s): Dubai, Italy, London, Marrakech
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): MOdern

Boundless wealth hides the deepest secrets . . . When a charismatic billionaire asks Ben Webster to investigate his personal affairs it isn’t long before the private spy is convinced that there is something very wrong with his new...

The Last Storytellers

The Last Storytellers
  • Author(s): Richard Hamilton
  • Location(s): Marrakech
  • Genre(s): Short Stories
  • Era(s): Various

Marrakech is the heart and lifeblood of Morocco’s ancient storytelling tradition. For nearly a thousand years, storytellers have gathered in the Jemaa el Fna, the legendary square of the city, to recount ancient folktales and fables to rapt audiences....

The Saffron Trail

The Saffron Trail
  • Author(s): Rosanna Ley
  • Location(s): Cornwall, Marrakech, Morocco
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Once, there was a girl who loved saffron. She loved its secrets, its mystery, and best of all, she loved its hint of magic. After the death of her beloved mother, Nell travels from rural Cornwall to the colour...

The Salt Road

The Salt Road
  • Author(s): Jane Johnson
  • Location(s): Algeria, Morocco, Sahara
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical, Romance
  • Era(s): Various

Isabelle’s estranged archeologist father dies, leaving her a puzzle. In a box she finds some papers and a mysterious African amulet — but their connection to her remains unclear until she embarks on a trip to Morocco to discover...

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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