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Tiger

Tiger
  • Author(s): Polly Clark
  • Location(s): Siberia
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Set across two continents, Tiger is a sweeping story of survival and redeeming love that plunges the reader into one of the world’s last wildernesses with blistering authenticity. Frieda is a primatologist, sensitive and solitary, until a violent attack...

Snowdrops

Snowdrops
  • Author(s): A D Miller
  • Location(s): Moscow, Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Late 1990s -2000s

That’s what the Russians call them – the bodies that float up into the light in the thaw. Drunks, most of them, and homeless people who just give up and lie down into the whiteness, and murder victims hidden...

Child 44

Child 44
  • Author(s): Tom Rob Smith
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): 1950s

This is a thriller set in 1950s Stalinist Russia, a regime that balks at nothing and executes opponents without conscience. It wanted to be seen as the perfect society. A series of brutal murders shatter this image, but if...

The Family on Paradise Pier

The Family on Paradise Pier
  • Author(s): Dermot Bolger
  • Location(s): England, Russia, Spain
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 20th Century

A stunning historical saga set in the early decades of the twentieth century which follows the lives and loves of one extraordinary family. We first meet the Goold Verschoyle children in 1915. Though there is a war going on...

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
  • Author(s): Anthony Marra
  • Location(s): Chechnya
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Turn of 21st Century

The story of eight people (and a nation) navigating two brutal wars, it’s a novel of loyalty and sacrifice and enduring love.

A Mountain of Crumbs: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain

A Mountain of Crumbs: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain
  • Author(s): Elena Gorokhova
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): 1900s

Agent 6

Agent 6
  • Author(s): Tom Rob Smith
  • Location(s): Afghanistan, Russia, United States (USA)
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Second half of the 20th Century

Agent 6, the third and final outing for the conflicted former MGB officer, brings the trilogy of novels to a resounding climax. Leo’s new civilian life with his wife Raisa and his family has acquired equilibrium, but the USSR...

Among the Russians

Among the Russians
  • Author(s): Colin Thubron
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Travelogue
  • Era(s): 1980s

Among the Russians is a marvellous account of a solitary journey by car from St. Petersburg and the Baltic States south to Georgia and Armenia. A gifted writer and intrepid traveller, Thubron grapples with the complexities of Russian identity...

Behind Putin’s Curtain

Behind Putin’s Curtain
  • Author(s): Stephan Orth
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Travelogue
  • Era(s): Modern

“In the late summer of 2016,” writes award-winning travel writer Stephan Orth, “a journey to Russia feels like visiting enemy territory.” In this humorous and thought-provoking book, Orth ventures through that vast and mysterious territory to uncover the real,...

City-Pick St Petersburg

City-Pick St Petersburg
  • Author(s): Heather Reyes
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Various

This series celebrates every aspect of Russia’s most legendary city – essential reading for travellers and lovers of wonderful writing about Russia. Malcolm Bradbury guides us to the Hermitage Anna Pavlova describes her school days Vladimir Nabokov re-lives a...

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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