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The Book of Gold Leaves

The Book of Gold Leaves
  • Author(s): Mirza Waheed
  • Location(s): Kashmir, Srinagar
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1990s

Mirza Waheed’s extraordinary new novel The Book of Gold Leaves is a heartbreaking love story set in war-torn Kashmir. In an ancient house in the city of Srinagar, Faiz paints exquisite Papier Mache pencil boxes for tourists. Evening is beginning to...

The Case of the Love Commandos (Vish Puri 4)

The Case of the Love Commandos (Vish Puri 4)
  • Author(s): Tarquin Hall
  • Location(s): Agra, Delhi, Luknow
  • Genre(s): Crime, Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

When Ram and Tulsi fall in love, the young woman’s parents are dead set against the union. She’s from a high-caste family: he’s an Untouchable, from the lowest strata of Indian society. Young Tulsi’s father locks her up and...

The Case of the Man who Died Laughing

The Case of the Man who Died Laughing
  • Author(s): Tarquin Hall
  • Location(s): Delhi
  • Genre(s): Crime, Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Tarquin Hall’s second novel is a great read for those interested in India, its people, and its customs. It features Vish Puri a 50 year old detective in Delhi with a large family who often features in his sleuthing....

The Case of the Missing Servant (Vish Puri 1)

The Case of the Missing Servant (Vish Puri 1)
  • Author(s): Tarquin Hall
  • Location(s): Delhi
  • Genre(s): Crime, Humour
  • Era(s): Modern

We plunge into the intimate life of Indian culture, with Vish Puri, skilled detective, and through him experience the bowels of Indian life. This debut finds him checking out the suspiciously squeaky-clean groom of the daughter of a strict...

The Coffer Dams

The Coffer Dams
  • Author(s): Kamala Markandaya
  • Location(s): South India
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1960s

Clinton, founder and head of a firm of international engineers,arrives in India to build a dam, bringing with him his young wife, Helen, and a strong team of aides and skilled men. They are faced with a formidable challenge,...

The Forgotten Daughter

The Forgotten Daughter
  • Author(s): Renita D'Silva
  • Location(s): Udupi, London
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

‘You were adopted’. Three simple words, in a letter accompanying her parent’s will, tear Nisha’s carefully ordered world apart. Raised in England, by her caring but emotionally reserved parents, Nisha has never been one to take risks. Now, with...

The Girl from Nongrim Hills

The Girl from Nongrim Hills
  • Author(s): Ankush Saikia
  • Location(s): Shillong
  • Genre(s): Crime, Thriller
  • Era(s): Modern

Bok, a guitar player with a Shillong band, has a lot on his mind. His elder brother Kitdor has lost 50 lakh rupees on a trip to Nagaland to purchase arms for a group of militants. Kitdor is given...

The Glass House

The Glass House
  • Author(s): Jody Cooksley
  • Location(s): India, England
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 19th century

What is a life without Art and Beauty? Not one that Julia chooses to live. And so she searches the world for both, discovering happiness through the lens of a camera. A fictional account of pioneer photographer, Julia Margaret...

The Himalayan Summer

The Himalayan Summer
  • Author(s): Louise Brown
  • Location(s): Darjeeling, Nepal
  • Genre(s): Historical, Fiction
  • Era(s): 1930s

Ellie Jeffreys arrives in Darjeeling with her British husband, en route to Kathmandu. They have ten-month-old, golden-haired twins, and despite appearing to be a happy family, Ellie’s relationship with the overbearing, philandering Francis is disintegrating. At a cocktail party,...

The Jewel in the Crown (Raj Quartet 1)

The Jewel in the Crown (Raj Quartet 1)
  • Author(s): Paul Scott
  • Location(s): India
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Romance
  • Era(s): 1940s

The story centres on the love affair between an awkward English woman, Miss Manners, and a British privately-educated Indian, Hari Kumar, who struggles to find his place in an India he does not know. It explores the characters in...

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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