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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...

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
  • Author(s): Anthony Marra
  • Location(s): Chechnya
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Turn of 21st Century

The story of eight people (and a nation) navigating two brutal wars, it’s a novel of loyalty and sacrifice and enduring love.

A Mountain of Crumbs: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain

A Mountain of Crumbs: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain
  • Author(s): Elena Gorokhova
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): 1900s

Agent 6

Agent 6
  • Author(s): Tom Rob Smith
  • Location(s): Afghanistan, Russia, United States (USA)
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Second half of the 20th Century

Agent 6, the third and final outing for the conflicted former MGB officer, brings the trilogy of novels to a resounding climax. Leo’s new civilian life with his wife Raisa and his family has acquired equilibrium, but the USSR...

Among the Russians

Among the Russians
  • Author(s): Colin Thubron
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Travelogue
  • Era(s): 1980s

Among the Russians is a marvellous account of a solitary journey by car from St. Petersburg and the Baltic States south to Georgia and Armenia. A gifted writer and intrepid traveller, Thubron grapples with the complexities of Russian identity...

Empress of the Night

Empress of the Night
  • Author(s): Eva Stachniak
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 18th century

“We quarrel about power, not about love.” Catherine the Great takes centre stage in best selling author Eva Stachniak’s latest novel. Gorgeously written with vivid detail and lyrical prose, EMPRESS OF THE NIGHT is an intimate and revealing portrait...

Flesh-Coloured Dominoes

Flesh-Coloured Dominoes
  • Author(s): Zigmunds Skujinš
  • Location(s): Baltic Coast, Russia
  • Genre(s): Fantasy, Mystery
  • Era(s): 18th Century to WW2 and modern

When Baroness Valtraute von Bruegen’s officer husband’s body is severed in two, she is delighted to find that the lower half has been sewn onto the upper body of the humble local captain Ulste. She conceives a child only...

Icebreaker

Icebreaker
  • Author(s): John Gardner
  • Location(s): Finland, Russia
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Later 20th Century

James Bond is back in this continuation novel set in Finland and Russia. Forced to work with small group of elite American, Russian and Israeli spies, Bond must stop a new terrorist group hellbent on creating a New Third...

Kill with a Borrowed Knife: or Agent Ai

Kill with a Borrowed Knife: or Agent Ai
  • Author(s): Michael Wreford
  • Location(s): Beijing (Peking), China, Hong Kong, Moscow
  • Genre(s): Thriller

China, the eve of the September 11 attacks. A powerful cyber weapon is about to be released. Only one man can stop it … Journalist and SIS (MI6) contract agent George Quant arrives on the run in Beijing. Estranged...

Midnight in St Petersburg

Midnight in St Petersburg
  • Author(s): Vanora Bennett
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Early 20th century

St Petersburg,1911: Inna Feldman has fled the pogroms of the south to take refuge with distant relatives in Russia’s capital city. Welcomed into the flamboyant Leman family, she is apprenticed into their violin-making workshop. With her looks and talents,...

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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