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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,...

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...

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...

Galina Petrovna’s Three-Legged Dog Story

Galina Petrovna’s Three-Legged Dog Story
  • Author(s): Andrea Bennett
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1990s

Perhaps you’re not a member of the Azov House of Culture Elderly Club? Perhaps you missed the talk on the Cabbage Root Fly last week? Galina Petrovna hasn’t missed a single one, since she officially became ‘old’. But she’d...

Last Flight to Stalingrad

Last Flight to Stalingrad
  • Author(s): Graham Hurley
  • Location(s): Berlin, Volgograd (Stalingrad)
  • Genre(s): Historical, Thriller
  • Era(s): WW2

Berlin, 1942. For Werner Nehmann, a journalist at the Ministry of Propaganda, the dizzying victory of the last four years has felt like a party without end. But the Reich’s attention has turned East, and as winter sets in,...

The Bronze Horseman

The Bronze Horseman
  • Author(s): Paullina Simons
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical, Romance
  • Era(s): WW2

Leningrad 1941: the white nights of summer illuminate a city of fallen grandeur whose palaces and avenues speak of a different age, when Leningrad was known as St Petersburg. Two sisters, Tatiana and Dasha, share the same bed, living...

The Siege

The Siege
  • Author(s): Helen Dunmore
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1940s

Leningrad, September 1941. Hitler orders the German forces to surround the city at the start of the most dangerous, desperate winter in its history. For two pairs of lovers -Anna and Andrei, Anna’s novelist father and banned actress Marina...

The White Russian

The White Russian
  • Author(s): Tom Bradby
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Historical, Mystery
  • Era(s): 1917

St Petersburg 1917. The capital of the glittering Empire of the Tsars and a city on the brink of revolution where the jackals of the Secret Police intrigue for their own survival as their aristocratic masters indulge in one...

The Wolves of Leninsky Prospekt

The Wolves of Leninsky Prospekt
  • Author(s): Sarah Armstrong
  • Location(s): Moscow
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): 1970s

Escaping failure as an undergraduate and a daughter, not to mention bleak 1970s England, Martha marries Kit – who is gay. Having a wife could keep him safe in Moscow in his diplomatic post. As Martha tries to understand...

Violet

Violet
  • Author(s): S J I Holliday
  • Location(s): Russia, Mongolia, Ulan Bator / Ulaanbaatar
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Present

Carrie’s best friend has an accident and can no longer make the round-the-world trip they’d planned together, so Carrie decides to go it alone. Violet is also travelling alone, after splitting up with her boyfriend in Thailand. She is...

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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