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Alif the Unseen

Alif the Unseen
  • Author(s): G Willow Wilson
  • Location(s): United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Science Fiction/Future
  • Era(s): Modern and Various

This is a compelling and bewitching first novel, perfect for book groups, that mixes old world magic with modern adventure. Welcome to the Empty Quarter, the domain of Djinn, ghouls, demons and the effrit who take the shapes of...

Burqalicious

Burqalicious
  • Author(s): Becky Wicks
  • Location(s): Dubai
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): Modern

This is the real Dubai? Delve under the opulent layers of the sparkling city and see what lies beneath. A true story of sun, sand, sex and secrecy. For a sassy young woman used to blagging, blogging and slogging...

Carte Blanche (007)

Carte Blanche (007)
  • Author(s): Jeffery Deaver
  • Location(s): Cape Town, Dubai, Serbia
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): 2000s

This is the 37th James Bond novel, written by American crime writer Jeffrey Deaver. It takes secret agent 007 from London to Serbia and Dubai, but much of the story is focused on the activities of Bond’s grotesque antagonist...

Dubai Wives

Dubai Wives
  • Author(s): Zvezdana Rashkovich
  • Location(s): Dubai
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Dubai Wives follows eight women as their lives come together at poignant intervals. We meet Jewel, a beautiful but frustrated wife to her powerful Emirati husband, Tara, a devout Muslim with a passionate secret, and Liliana, a tragic dancer...

Dubai, 1 City 2 Different Tales

Dubai, 1 City 2 Different Tales
  • Author(s): Northern Empress
  • Location(s): Dubai
  • Genre(s): Nonfiction, Short Stories
  • Era(s): Modern

You will instantly be taken to the other side of the world because this book offers an extraordinary glimpse into unjust, cruelty and suffering in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. These factual short story collections allow you to witness the...

Sheiks, Lies and Real Estate

Sheiks, Lies and Real Estate
  • Author(s): J R Roth
  • Location(s): Dubai
  • Genre(s): Fiction

Adam is awestruck from the moment he steps off the plane, finding himself at the centre of a fairytale world of wealth and excess, cowboys and crooks, and hookahs and hookers. But as he delves deeper under the deceptive...

The Dog

The Dog
  • Author(s): Joseph O'Neill
  • Location(s): Dubai
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2014 The new novel from Joseph O’Neill, his first since the Man Booker longlisted and PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction-winning ‘Netherland’. In 2007, a New York attorney bumps into an old college buddy –...

The Naked Tourist

The Naked Tourist
  • Author(s): Lawrence Osborne
  • Location(s): Dubai, India, South East Asia
  • Genre(s): Travelogue
  • Era(s): Modern

Osborne travels from Dubai, to Calcutta, on to the Andamans, Bangkok, Bali and finally Papua New Guineau. An opinionated and insightful view of these wonderful places with a bit of history thrown in.

The Flight Attendant

The Flight Attendant
  • Author(s): Chris Bohjalian
  • Location(s): Rome, Dubai, New York City (NYC)
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Cassandra Bowden is no stranger to hungover mornings. She’s a binge drinker, her job with the airline making it easy to find adventure, and the occasional blackouts seem to be inevitable. She lives with them, and the accompanying self-loathing....

The Sand Fish

The Sand Fish
  • Author(s): Maha Gargash
  • Location(s): Dubai
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1950s

Seventeen-year-old Noora is not like the other women of the sun-battered mountains of the Arabian Peninsula in the 1950s. She shares their poverty and uncomplaining existence, but carries a fiery independence. With the death of her mother, her father...

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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