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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 Trinity 6

The Trinity 6
  • Author(s): Charles Cumming
  • Location(s): Europe, London, Moscow
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Modern

Perfect for fans of John le Carré – the most explosive secret of the Cold War could be exposed: but the bigger the lie, the more ruthlessly it will be protected… Hard-up Russia expert Dr Sam Gaddis finally has...

The Two Rooms

The Two Rooms
  • Author(s): R Leigh Turner
  • Location(s): Moscow
  • Genre(s): Horror, Short Stories
  • Era(s): Modern

VOLUME 1 IN THE “HOTEL HORROR” SERIES OF SHORT STORIES Meet Ms N – hotelier extraordinary. Ms N can keep her head when confronted with any number of crises and keep all her customers happy – but guests who...

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.

To the Hermitage

To the Hermitage
  • Author(s): Malcolm Bradbury
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad), Stockholm
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1770s, 1990s

To The Hermitage is Sir Malcolm Bradbury’s first novel in nearly a decade, and its length and ambition provide some clue as to why it has been so long in the making. The novel begins with the arrival of...

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.

Under a Blood Red Sky

Under a Blood Red Sky
  • Author(s): Kate Furnivall
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1930s

Davinsky Labour Camp, Siberia, 1933: Sofia Morozova knows she has to escape. Only two things have sustained her through the bitter cold, aching hunger and hard labour: the prospect of one day walking free: and the stories told by...

Winter Garden

Winter Garden
  • Author(s): Kristin Hannah
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 2001 looking back

The story opens in 2001, when sisters Nina, both in their 40s, are facing major life changes. Fact and fiction are interwoven into the story as they look back over their Father’s life in Russia

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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