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The Winter Palace: A Novel of Catherine the Great

The Winter Palace: A Novel of Catherine the Great
  • Author(s): Eva Stachniak
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 18th century

From award-winning author Eva Stachniak comes this passionate novel that illuminates, as only fiction can, the early life of one of history’s boldest women. The Winter Palace tells the epic story of Catherine the Great’s improbable rise to power—...

The Winter Queen

The Winter Queen
  • Author(s): Boris Akunin
  • Location(s): Moscow
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): Late 19th Century

It’s strange that there’s no contemporary crime fiction coming out of Putin’s Russia, but Boris Akunin makes up for that with his intricate, allusive Erast Fandorin books, set at the turn of the last century.

The Winter Soldier

The Winter Soldier
  • Author(s): Daniel Mason
  • Location(s): Austria, Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): WW1

Vienna, 1914. Lucius is a twenty-two-year-old medical student when World War One explodes across Europe. Enraptured by romantic tales of battlefield surgery, he enlists, expecting a position at a well-organized field hospital. But when he arrives, at a commandeered...

The Witches of St. Petersburg

The Witches of St. Petersburg
  • Author(s): Imogen Edwards Jones, Anonymous, Imogen Edwards Jones
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Historical, Fiction
  • Era(s): Early 20th Century

The Russian Empire is on the verge of collapse. Revolution is in the air. The starving stalk the streets of St Petersburg and yet the Imperial Court still commute between their estates and organise their lavish balls. Two sisters...

The Wolf Princess

The Wolf Princess
  • Author(s): Cathryn Constable
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Children
  • Era(s): early 21st century

Alone in the world, Sophie dreams of being someone special, but she could never have imagined this … On a school trip to Russia, Sophie and her two friends find themselves on the wrong train. They are rescued by...

The Wolf Wilder

The Wolf Wilder
  • Author(s): Katherine Rundell
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Children
  • Era(s): 20th century

Go on an adventure with Katherine Rundell… From the winner of the Costa Children’s Book Prize ‘A writer with an utterly distinctive voice and a wild imagination’ – Philip Pullman ‘Read everything she writes’ – Daily Mail Feodora and...

The House with Chicken Legs

The House with Chicken Legs
  • Author(s): Sophie Anderson
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Children
  • Era(s): early 21st century

Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2019. Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2019. Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2019. Shortlisted for Children’s Fiction Book of the Year at the British Book Awards 2019. Marinka dreams...

Time: Night

Time: Night
  • Author(s): Ludmilla Petrushevskaya
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Humour, Satire
  • Era(s): Soviet era

First published in Russia in 1992, “The Time: Night” is a darkly humorous depiction of the Soviet utopia’s underbelly by one of the most brilliant stylists in contemporary Russian literature. Anna Andrianova is a trite poet and disastrous parent....

To the Lake

To the Lake
  • Author(s): Yana Vagner
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Psychological Thriller

A deadly flu epidemic sweeps through Moscow, killing hundreds of thousands. Anya and her husband Sergey decide they have no choice but to flee to a lake in the far north of Russia.   Joining them on their journey...

Travels in Siberia

Travels in Siberia
  • Author(s): Ian Frazier
  • Location(s): Siberia
  • Genre(s): Travelogue
  • Era(s): Modern

Travles through this bleak area of the map. Not so bleak, actually! Track the authors travels on a map, enjoy the wry humour,as he travels around this little known part of the world.

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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