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The Innocent (David Szalay)

The Innocent (David Szalay)
  • Author(s): David Szalay
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

A well researched book about an extraordinary environment and how it affects the lives of ordinary people doing ordinary things with huge consequences. About ordinary people going about their daily lives against a thunderous state backdrop.

The Last Englishman: The Double Life of Arthur Ransome

The Last Englishman: The Double Life of Arthur Ransome
  • Author(s): Roland Chambers
  • Location(s): England, Russia
  • Genre(s): Biography
  • Era(s): First half of the 20th Century

Arthur Ransome is best known for the twelve immortal ”Swallows and Amazons” books he wrote on his return from Russia in 1928. From his prose he appears a genial and gentle Englishman, who, like his protagonists, pursued benign maritime...

The Master and Margarita

The Master and Margarita
  • Author(s): Mikhail Bulgakov
  • Location(s): Moscow
  • Genre(s): Fantasy
  • Era(s): Second half 20th century

In Soviet Moscow, God is dead, but the devil – to say nothing of his retinue of demons, from a loudmouthed, gun-toting tomcat, to the fanged fallen angel Koroviev – is very much alive. As death and destruction spread...

The Officer’s Daughter

The Officer’s Daughter
  • Author(s): Zina Rohan
  • Location(s): Germany, Poland, Siberia
  • Genre(s): Historical
  • Era(s): 1930s 1940s

This is an epic wartime romance which sees a headstrong young woman face hardship, danger and dilemmas as the forces of history sweep her across continents, while two men compete to claim her heart.It is suitable for fans of...

The Siege

The Siege
  • Author(s): Helen Dunmore
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1940s

Leningrad, September 1941. Hitler orders the German forces to surround the city at the start of the most dangerous, desperate winter in its history. For two pairs of lovers -Anna and Andrei, Anna’s novelist father and banned actress Marina...

The Trinity 6

The Trinity 6
  • Author(s): Charles Cumming
  • Location(s): Europe, London, Moscow
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Modern

Perfect for fans of John le Carré – the most explosive secret of the Cold War could be exposed: but the bigger the lie, the more ruthlessly it will be protected… Hard-up Russia expert Dr Sam Gaddis finally has...

The Two Rooms

The Two Rooms
  • Author(s): R Leigh Turner
  • Location(s): Moscow
  • Genre(s): Horror, Short Stories
  • Era(s): Modern

VOLUME 1 IN THE “HOTEL HORROR” SERIES OF SHORT STORIES Meet Ms N – hotelier extraordinary. Ms N can keep her head when confronted with any number of crises and keep all her customers happy – but guests who...

The Undertaking

The Undertaking
  • Author(s): Audrey Magee
  • Location(s): Berlin, Volgograd (Stalingrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): WW2, mid 20th century

Desperate to escape the Eastern Front, Peter Faber, an ordinary German soldier, marries Katharina Spinell, a woman he has never met; it is a marriage of convenience that promises ‘honeymoon’ leave for him and a pension for her should...

The White Russian

The White Russian
  • Author(s): Tom Bradby
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Historical, Mystery
  • Era(s): 1917

St Petersburg 1917. The capital of the glittering Empire of the Tsars and a city on the brink of revolution where the jackals of the Secret Police intrigue for their own survival as their aristocratic masters indulge in one...

The Winter Palace

The Winter Palace
  • Author(s): Eva Stachniak
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 18th Century

When Vavara, a young Polish orphan, arrives at the glittering, dangerous court of the Empress Elizabeth in St Petersburg, she is schooled in skills ranging from lock-picking to love-making, learning above all else to stay silent – and listen....

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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