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I’ll Be Strong For You

I’ll Be Strong For You
  • Author(s): Nasim Marashi, Poupeh Missaghi (translator)
  • Location(s): Tehran
  • Genre(s): Fiction, In Translation
  • Era(s): Contemporary

This award-winning debut novel by Iranian journalist Nasim Marashi follows the lives of three young women in Tehran over the course of two seasons as they pursue their wildly different dreams even as they discover that it may mean...

If You Could Be Mine

If You Could Be Mine
  • Author(s): Sara Farizan
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Fiction, LGBTQ
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Seventeen-year-old Sahar has been in love with her best friend, Nasrin, since they were six. They’ve shared stolen kisses and romantic promises. But Iran is a dangerous place for two girls in love–Sahar and Nasrin could be beaten, imprisoned,...

In the Palace of Flowers

In the Palace of Flowers
  • Author(s): Victoria Princewill
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Thriller
  • Era(s): Later 19th Century

Set in Iran at the end of the 19th Century ―in the Persian royal court of the Qajars―, In The Palace of Flowers is an atmospheric historical novel about Jamila, an Abyssinian slave who stands at the funeral of...

In the Rose Garden of the Martyrs: A Memoir of Iran

In the Rose Garden of the Martyrs: A Memoir of Iran
  • Author(s): Christopher De Bellaigue
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): early 2000s

A superb, authoritatively written insider’s account of Iran, one of the most mysterious but significant and powerful nations in the world. Few historians and journalists writing in English have been able to meaningfully examine post-revolutionary Iranian life. Years after...

Iran: My Grandfather

Iran: My Grandfather
  • Author(s): Ali Alizadeh
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs, Historical, Nonfiction
  • Era(s): 19th century

A vanished, tattered black and white photograph, taken in Tehran in 1946. The image of a sombre and inscrutable middle-aged man called Salman Fuladvand, a lieutenant and controversial police chief under Iran’s second last king. It is the memory...

Land of the Turquoise Mountains: Journeys Across Iran

Land of the Turquoise Mountains: Journeys Across Iran
  • Author(s): Cyrus Massoudi
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Travelogue
  • Era(s): Contemporary

For Cyrus Massoudi, a young British-born Iranian, the country his parents were forced to flee thirty years ago was a place wholly unknown to him. Wanting to make sense of his roots and piece together the divided, divisive and...

Legionary: Dark Eagle (Legionary 8)

Legionary: Dark Eagle (Legionary 8)
  • Author(s): Gordon Doherty
  • Location(s): Syria, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Iran, Istanbul (Constantinople), Turkey
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Late Antiquity, Late Roman Empire

A tale of vengeance and high adventure set in the war-torn late Roman Empire What hope has one forgotten soldier of bringing an emperor to justice? Winter, 382 AD. The Gothic War is over. After years of bloodshed, the...

Legionary: Land of the Sacred Fire (Legionary 3)

Legionary: Land of the Sacred Fire (Legionary 3)
  • Author(s): Gordon Doherty
  • Location(s): Syria, Iran, Iraq, Istanbul (Constantinople), Turkey
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Late Antiquity, Late Roman Empire

A tale of adventure and military brotherhood in the legions of Rome The empire is on its knees, but a last hope lies beyond the eastern frontier . . . 377 AD: Emperor Valens has stripped the Persian frontier...

Lost Boys

Lost Boys
  • Author(s): Darcey Rosenblatt
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Children
  • Era(s): 1982

Based on historical events, this unforgettable and inspiring tale for middle-grade readers is about a young boy torn from the only life he’s ever known and held captive as a prisoner of war. In 1982, twelve-year-old Reza has no...

Moon at Nine

Moon at Nine
  • Author(s): Deborah Ellis
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1988

Fifteen-year-old Farrin has many secrets. Although she goes to a school for gifted girls in Tehran, as the daughter of an aristocratic mother and wealthy father, Farrin must keep a low profile. It is 1988; ever since the Shah...

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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