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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...

The Holy Thief

The Holy Thief
  • Author(s): William Ryan
  • Location(s): Moscow
  • Genre(s): Historical, Thriller
  • Era(s): 1930s

‘Set in 1936, Ryan’s impressive debut introduces Capt. Alexei Korolev of the Moscow Militia’s Criminal Investigation Division, who looks into the murder of a young woman found butchered in a church… Ryan, who merits comparison to Tom Rob Smith,...

The Innocent (David Szalay)

The Innocent (David Szalay)
  • Author(s): David Szalay
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

A well researched book about an extraordinary environment and how it affects the lives of ordinary people doing ordinary things with huge consequences. About ordinary people going about their daily lives against a thunderous state backdrop.

The Last Englishman: The Double Life of Arthur Ransome

The Last Englishman: The Double Life of Arthur Ransome
  • Author(s): Roland Chambers
  • Location(s): England, Russia
  • Genre(s): Biography
  • Era(s): First half of the 20th Century

Arthur Ransome is best known for the twelve immortal ”Swallows and Amazons” books he wrote on his return from Russia in 1928. From his prose he appears a genial and gentle Englishman, who, like his protagonists, pursued benign maritime...

The Officer’s Daughter

The Officer’s Daughter
  • Author(s): Zina Rohan
  • Location(s): Germany, Poland, Siberia
  • Genre(s): Historical
  • Era(s): 1930s 1940s

This is an epic wartime romance which sees a headstrong young woman face hardship, danger and dilemmas as the forces of history sweep her across continents, while two men compete to claim her heart.It is suitable for fans of...

The Red Coffin

The Red Coffin
  • Author(s): Sam Eastland
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): 1939

It is 1939. The world stands on the brink of Armageddon. In the Soviet Union, years of revolution, fear and persecution have left the country unprepared to face the onslaught of Nazi Germany. For the coming battles, Stalin has...

The Road of Bones: A Journey to the Dark Heart of Russia

The Road of Bones: A Journey to the Dark Heart of Russia
  • Author(s): Jeremy Poolman
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Travelogue
  • Era(s): Modern

The Road of Bones is the story of Russia’s greatest road. For over 200 years, the route of the Vladimirka Road has been at the centre of the nation’s history, having witnessed everything from the first human footsteps to...

The Romanov Prophecy

The Romanov Prophecy
  • Author(s): Steve Berry
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): 20th Century and near future

History is being made and Miles Lord has a ringside seat. The people of Russia have voted to bring back the tsar, a ruler to be selected from the distant relatives of Nicholas II, who was murdered along with...

The Secret Speech

The Secret Speech
  • Author(s): Tom Rob Smith
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Mid 20th Century

Tom Rob Smith’s first book, Child 44, enjoyed unprecedented attention and acclaim (as did its youthful author), so it was inevitable that the appetite for that novel’s successor would be keen. Now it’s here, and The Secret Speech, largely...

The Secret Speech

The Secret Speech
  • Author(s): Tom Rob Smith
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Era(s): 1950s

The Soviet Union 1956: after Stalin’s death, a violent regime is beginning to fracture. Stalin’s successor Khrushchev pledges reform. But there are forces at work that are unable to forgive or forget the past. Leo Demidov, former MGB officer,...

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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