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The Painter from Shanghai

The Painter from Shanghai
  • Author(s): Jennifer Epstein
  • Location(s): Paris, Shanghai
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1920s

Down the muddy waters of the Yangtze River, through the raucous glamour of prewar Shanghai and the bohemian splendor of 1920s Paris, and back to a China teetering on the brink of revolution: this is the epic story of...

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The Rabbi’s Cat

The Rabbi’s Cat
  • Author(s): Joann Sfar
  • Location(s): Algeria, Paris
  • Genre(s): Historical, Humour
  • Era(s): 1930s

In Algeria in the 1930s, a cat belonging to a widowed rabbi and his beautiful daughter, Zlabya, eats the family parrot and gains the ability to speak. To his master’s consternation, the cat immediately begins to tell lies (the...

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The Secret Paris Cinema Club

The Secret Paris Cinema Club
  • Author(s): Nicolas Barreau
  • Location(s): Paris
  • Genre(s): Romance
  • Era(s): Modern

Alain Bonnard, the owner of a small art cinema in Paris, is a dyed-in-the-wool nostalgic. In his Cinéma Paradis there are no buckets of popcorn, no XXL colas, no Hollywood blockbusters. Alain holds firm to his principles of quality...

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The Seven Sisters

The Seven Sisters
  • Author(s): Lucinda Riley
  • Location(s): Geneva, Paris, Rio de Janeiro
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Earlier 20th Century

Their future is written in the stars . . . Maia D’Apliése and her five sisters gather together at their childhood home, ‘Atlantis’ – a fabulous, secluded castle situated on the shores of Lake Geneva – having been told...

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The Wine of Solitude

The Wine of Solitude
  • Author(s): Irene Nemirovsky
  • Location(s): Finland, Kiev (Kyiv), Paris
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs, Historical
  • Era(s): Early 20th century

First published in 1936 this book is thought to be quite autobiographical. It is the story of young girl’s difficult relationship with her beautiful, but vain and shallow mother. The novel is set during the period of the First...

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Underground Time

Underground Time
  • Author(s): Delphine de Vigan
  • Location(s): Paris
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Novella
  • Era(s): Modern

Each morning Mathilde takes the Metro to her job in the marketing department of a large French corporation. Ever since a disagreement with her narcissistic boss, life in the office has taken a turn for the worse. On the...

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Vintage 1954

Vintage 1954
  • Author(s): Antoine Laurain
  • Location(s): Paris
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Mainly 1954

When Hubert Larnaudie invites some fellow residents of his Parisian apartment building to drink an exceptional bottle of 1954 Beaujolais, he has no idea of its special properties. The following morning, Hubert finds himself waking up in 1950s Paris,...

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You Deserve Nothing

You Deserve Nothing
  • Author(s): Alexander Maksik
  • Location(s): Paris
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Set in an international high school in Paris, YOU DESERVE NOTHING is told in three voices: that of Will, a charismatic young teacher who brings ideas alive in the classroom in a way that profoundly affects his students: Gilad,...

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And the Mountains Echoed

And the Mountains Echoed
  • Author(s): Khaled Hosseini
  • Location(s): Kabul, Paris, San Francisco
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1950s

So, then. You want a story and I will tell you one… Afghanistan, 1952. Abdullah and his sister Pari live with their father and stepmother in the small village of Shadbagh. Their father, Saboor, is constantly in search of...

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Arab Jazz

Arab Jazz
  • Author(s): Karim Miské
  • Location(s): Paris
  • Genre(s): Crime, Mystery
  • Era(s): Modern

Kosher sushi, kebabs, a second hand bookshop and a bar: the 19th arrondissement in Paris is a cosmopolitan neighbourhood where multicultural citizens live, love and worship alongside one another. This peace is shattered when Ahmed Taroudant’s melancholy daydreams are...

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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