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Big Sur

Big Sur
  • Author(s): Jack Kerouac
  • Location(s): Big Sur
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Second half 20th Century

In 1960 Jack Kerouac was near breaking point. Driven mad by constant press attention in the wake of the publication of On the Road, he needed to ‘get away to solitude again or die’, so he withdrew to a cabin...

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China Dolls

China Dolls
  • Author(s): Lisa See
  • Location(s): San Francisco
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Lae 1930s

It’s 1938 and the exclusive Oriental nightclub in San Francisco’s Forbidden City is holding auditions for showgirls. In the dark, scandalous glamour of the club, three girls from very different backgrounds stumble into each other lives. All the girls...

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Cinnamon Kiss

Cinnamon Kiss
  • Author(s): Walter Mosley
  • Location(s): San Francisco
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): 1960s

It is the Summer of Love, and Easy Rawlins is contemplating robbing an armoured car. it’s further outside the law than Easy has ever travelled, but his daughter needs medical treatment that costs far more than Easy can borrow...

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Daughter of Fortune

Daughter of Fortune
  • Author(s): Isabel Allende
  • Location(s): California, Chile
  • Era(s): Mid 19th Century

A magnificent sweeping tale from the international bestselling author of ‘The House of the Spirits’. Set in Anglophile Chile and goldrush California during the middle years of the nineteenth century, this magnificent romance tells the story of English foundling...

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Decanting a Murder

Decanting a Murder
  • Author(s): Nadine Nettmann
  • Location(s): California
  • Genre(s): Crime, Mystery
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Can Katie Solve a Case of Chateau Murdeaux? Katie Stillwell focuses on two things in her life: work and practicing for Sommelier Certification with her blind tasting group. The exam was supposed to be the hardest part of her...

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East of Eden

East of Eden
  • Author(s): John Steinbeck
  • Location(s): Salinas Valley
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Mid 19th Century onwards

Set in the rich farmland of the Salinas Valley, California, this powerful, often brutal novel, follows the intertwined destinies of two families – the Trasks and the Hamiltons – whose generations hopelessly re-enact the fall of Adam and Eve...

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Gods without Men

Gods without Men
  • Author(s): Hari Kunzru
  • Location(s): California
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): From 1770s to late 2000s

This novel takes you through various times, from 1778 up to 2009, and a number of characters who all intersect through the ages and a place in the Californian desert. A four-year-old autistic boy, Raj Matharu, disappears in the...

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Good-bye To All That

Good-bye To All That
  • Author(s): Margo Candela
  • Location(s): Los Angeles
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Romance
  • Era(s): Modern

Getting ahead in Hollywood poses a challenge for Raquel Azorian, a lowly marketing assistant at a major production company, and while she has ambition, energy, and smarts, the heroine of Candela’s wry latest doesn’t have a mentor or even...

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Inherent Vice

Inherent Vice
  • Author(s): Thomas Pynchon
  • Location(s): California
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 20th Century and early 2000s

Part noir, part psychedelic romp, all Thomas Pynchon – private eye Doc Sportello comes, occasionally, out of a marijuana haze to watch the end of an era as free love slips away and paranoia creeps in with the L.A....

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Island of a Thousand Mirrors

Island of a Thousand Mirrors
  • Author(s): Nayomi Munaweera
  • Location(s): Los Angeles, Sri Lanka
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Before violence tore apart the tapestry of Sri Lanka and turned its pristine beaches red, there were two families. Yasodhara tells the story of her own Sinhala family, rich in love, with everything they could ask for. As a...

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Enter the inaugural TripFiction 'Sense of Place' Creative Writing Competition!

750 - 3000 words with strong 'sense of place' theme

Short story, travelogue, or memoir

Top judges to decide the winners

Cash prizes totalling £500 / $600 

Winning entry published on TripFiction site and publicised on Social Media

Entries close 15th November 2020