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Brixton Beach

Brixton Beach
  • Author(s): Roma Tearne
  • Location(s): London, Sri Lanka
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Late 20th Century to Modern

London. On a bright July morning a series of bombs brings the capital to a halt. Simon Swann, a medic from one of the large teaching hospitals, is searching frantically amongst the chaos and the rubble. All around police...

Chinaman

Chinaman
  • Author(s): Shehan Karunatilaka
  • Location(s): Sri Lanka
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1990s onwards

Ambitious, playful and strikingly original, Chinaman is a novel about cricket and Sri Lanka – and the story of modern day Sri Lanka through its most cherished sport. Hailed by the Gratiaen Prize judges as ‘one of the most...

Island of a Thousand Mirrors

Island of a Thousand Mirrors
  • Author(s): Nayomi Munaweera
  • Location(s): Los Angeles, Sri Lanka
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Before violence tore apart the tapestry of Sri Lanka and turned its pristine beaches red, there were two families. Yasodhara tells the story of her own Sinhala family, rich in love, with everything they could ask for. As a...

Questions of Travel

Questions of Travel
  • Author(s): Michelle de Kretser
  • Location(s): Australia, London, Sri Lanka
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Laura travels the world before returning to Sydney, where she works for a publisher of travel guides. Ravi dreams of being a tourist until he is driven from Sri Lanka by devastating events. An enthralling array of people, places...

The Hamilton Case

The Hamilton Case
  • Author(s): Michelle de Kretser
  • Location(s): Sri Lanka
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1930s

The place is Ceylon, the time the 1930s. Set amid tea plantations, corruption and the backwash of empire, this gripping novel has a pitch-perfect ear for the comedy and a sharp eye for the tragedy of a world at...

The Road to Urbino

The Road to Urbino
  • Author(s): Roma Tearne
  • Location(s): London, Sri Lanka, Tuscany
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

A story of obsession, love and art set in Tuscany, Sri Lanka and London. Ras, a Sri Lankan who fled his country as a child following the violent death of his mother and his father’s disappearance, has committed a...

The Swimmer

The Swimmer
  • Author(s): Roma Tearne
  • Location(s): Sri Lanka, Suffolk
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Forty-three year old Ria is used to being alone. As a child, her life changed forever with the death of her beloved father and since then, she has struggled to find love.That is, until she discovers the swimmer. Ben...

The Sapphire Widow

The Sapphire Widow
  • Author(s): Dinah Jefferies
  • Location(s): Sri Lanka
  • Era(s): 1930s

This novel is the #TFBookClub read May/June 2018 – join us on this link Ceylon, 1935. Louisa Reeve, the daughter of a successful British gem trader, and her husband Elliot, a charming, thrill-seeking businessman, seem like the couple who...

The Tea Planter’s Wife

The Tea Planter’s Wife
  • Author(s): Dinah Jefferies
  • Location(s): Dickoya
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1920s/30s

Nineteen-year-old Gwendolyn Hooper steps off a steamer in Ceylon full of optimism, eager to join her new husband. But the man who greets her at the tea plantation is not the same one she fell in love with in...

Monsoons and Potholes

Monsoons and Potholes
  • Author(s): Manuka Wijesinghe
  • Location(s): Sri Lanka
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1970s/80s

There is humour and satire in this story, one little boy growing up in Sri Lanka in the 1970s and 80s. Superstition, mindless violence, politics – a background to the country today brought to life in a very readable...

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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