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A Conspiracy of Friends

A Conspiracy of Friends
  • Author(s): Alexander McCall Smith
  • Location(s): London
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

The third novel in the London-based Corduroy Mansions series from Alexander McCall Smith, comparable in warmth and humour to 44 Scotland Street

Love Over Scotland (#3 44 Scotland Street)

Love Over Scotland (#3 44 Scotland Street)
  • Author(s): Alexander McCall Smith
  • Location(s): Edinburgh
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

With his characteristic warmth, inventiveness and brilliant wit, Alexander McCall Smith gives us more of the gloriously entertaining comings and goings at 44 Scotland Street, the Edinburgh townhouse. Six-year-old prodigy Bertie perseveres in his heroic struggle for truth and...

The Dog Who Came in from the Cold (Corduroy Mansions)

The Dog Who Came in from the Cold (Corduroy Mansions)
  • Author(s): Alexander McCall Smith
  • Location(s): London
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): MOdern

Back in Pimlico, in the genteel environs of Corduroy Mansions, strange doings are afoot, mostly in the name of love. Lonely William French and his faithful canine Freddie are recruited to the service of MI6 by a beguiling lady...

The Forever Girl

The Forever Girl
  • Author(s): Alexander McCall Smith
  • Location(s): London, Scotland, Singapore, Sydney
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Romance
  • Era(s): Modern

At the age of four Clover chooses her own name. Aged six, she falls in love with her best friend, James, with whom she happily spends all her time. But in the adult world, things are not so simple:...

The Sunday Philosophy Club

The Sunday Philosophy Club
  • Author(s): Alexander McCall Smith
  • Location(s): Edinburgh
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): Modern

For those of us who know Edinburgh, this is a wonderful book that takes the reader past all the familiar streets and shops, and this really gives pleasure. Isabel Dalhousie is an academic, and much given to musing about...

Precious and Grace

Precious and Grace
  • Author(s): Alexander McCall Smith
  • Location(s): Botswana
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): Contemporary

One bright morning, Precious Ramotswe – head of Botswana’s No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency – receives a visitor: a woman from Australia. This woman asks Precious to take on a case: to find the nursemaid who raised her during...

The Department of Sensitive Crimes

The Department of Sensitive Crimes
  • Author(s): Alexander McCall Smith
  • Location(s): Malmö, Sweden
  • Genre(s): Mystery, Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Ulf Varg works in Malmo’s Department of Sensitive Crimes. Like all Scandinavian detectives he has his issues. In his case these include his unresolved feelings for his colleague, Anna; his impatience over the seeming incompetence of his irritating colleague...

The Full Cupboard Of Life

The Full Cupboard Of Life
  • Author(s): Alexander McCall Smith
  • Location(s): Botswana
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Mma Ramotswe, who became engaged to Mr J.L.B. Matekoni at the end of the first book, is still engaged. She wonders when a day for the wedding will be named, but she is anxious to avoid putting too much...

The Girl Who Married a Lion

The Girl Who Married a Lion
  • Author(s): Alexander McCall Smith
  • Location(s): Botswana, Zimbabwe (Rhodesia)
  • Genre(s): Short Stories, Fantasy
  • Era(s): timeless

Alexander McCall Smith was born in what is now Zimbabwe and grew up hearing stories that so enchanted him, he passed them along to his own children. He now shares them in this jewel of a book.

The House of Unexpected Sisters

The House of Unexpected Sisters
  • Author(s): Alexander McCall Smith
  • Location(s): Botswana
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

At Botswana’s No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Precious Ramotswe and Grace Makutsi are intrigued by the troubling dismissal of an employee at a thriving local business. The ladies proceed with investigations as they are inclined to do – with...

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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