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A Different Kind of Madness

A Different Kind of Madness
  • Author(s): Pauline Schokman
  • Location(s): Sri Lanka
  • Genre(s): Historical, Fiction
  • Era(s): 1960s

Colombo, September 1964. As the newly independent island nation of Ceylon struggles with racial divides, Greta van Buuren faces both the upheaval of her future and the re-emergence of her past. Greta and her family are Ceylonese Burghers, a...

A Passage North

A Passage North
  • Author(s): Anuk Arudpragasam
  • Location(s): Sri Lanka
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

It begins with a message: a telephone call informing Krishan that his grandmother’s former care-giver, Rani, has died in unexpected circumstances, at the bottom of a well in her village in the north, her neck broken by the fall....

A Year In Green Tea and Tuks-Tuks

A Year In Green Tea and Tuks-Tuks
  • Author(s): Rory Spowers
  • Location(s): Sri Lanka
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): Early 2000s

BBC journalist and environmentalist Rory Spowers wanted to finally live his dream and abandon life in London for a more ecologically sustainable lifestyle. Moving with his wife and two toddler sons to a 60-acre abandoned tea estate in Sri...

Beautiful Place

Beautiful Place
  • Author(s): Amanthi Harris
  • Location(s): Sri Lanka
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Beautiful Place is a novel about leaving and losing home and making family. It is about being oppressed and angry and wanting a better life but how is a better life to be defined? The Villa Hibiscus is a...

Beggar’s Feast

Beggar’s Feast
  • Author(s): Randy Boyagoda
  • Location(s): Sri Lanka
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1899 onwards

Sam Kandy, born in 1899 in a poor village in the heart of Ceylon and abandoned by his family ten years later at the gates of a remote temple, resolves to make his own luck amongst the cheats and...

Bodies in Motion

Bodies in Motion
  • Author(s): Mary Anne Mohanraj
  • Location(s): Sri Lanka, United States (USA)
  • Genre(s): Short Stories
  • Era(s): early 2000s

Like the sweet heat of a palate-pleasing curry or the brilliant radiance of bougainvillea, the short stories in Mary Anne Mohanraj’s Bodies in Motion will delight the senses and sensibilities. Her tales follow two generations of two families living...

Christmas in Nuala (The Inspector de Silva Mysteries Book 5)

Christmas in Nuala (The Inspector de Silva Mysteries Book 5)
  • Author(s): Harriet Steel
  • Location(s): Sri Lanka
  • Genre(s): Historical, Novella
  • Era(s): 1930s

The little town of Nuala is full of Christmas good cheer, until a brutal murder overshadows the festivities. The mystery he needs to solve baffles Inspector de Silva. It’s just as well he has his wife Jane to support...

Cinnamon Gardens

Cinnamon Gardens
  • Author(s): Shyam Selvadurai
  • Location(s): Sri Lanka
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1920s

Lush and beautiful, Cinnamon Gardens is a story of intertwined lives in the gracious world of Ceylon in the 1920s In a novel of exceptional achievement, Shyam Selvadurai evokes the life of the upper classes of Colombo’s wealthy suburb,...

Dark Clouds Over Nuala. The Inspector de Silva Mysteries #2

Dark Clouds Over Nuala. The Inspector de Silva Mysteries #2
  • Author(s): Harriet Steel
  • Location(s): Sri Lanka
  • Genre(s): Mystery, Crime
  • Era(s): 1930s

The Inspector de Silva Mysteries are set in Ceylon in the 1930s and offer a colourful, relaxing read. In this second book in the series, the arrival in the hill town of Nuala of the heir to an English...

Elephant Complex

Elephant Complex
  • Author(s): John Gimlette
  • Location(s): Sri Lanka
  • Genre(s): Travelogue
  • Era(s): Modern

Sri Lanka is a small island with a long, violent and enthralling history. Home to thousands of wild elephants, this is a place where natural beauty has endured, indifferent to human tragedy. Journeying through its many regions – some...

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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