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The Lives of Others

The Lives of Others
  • Author(s): Neel Mukherjee
  • Location(s): Kolkata (Calcutta)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1960s

Calcutta, 1967. Unnoticed by his family, Supratik has become dangerously involved in extremist political activism. Compelled by an idealistic desire to change his life and the world around him, all he leaves behind before disappearing is this note ....

The Lonely Hearts Travel Club (Destination India)

The Lonely Hearts Travel Club (Destination India)
  • Author(s): Katy Colins
  • Location(s): India
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Romance
  • Era(s): Modern

Georgia Green is about to board a plane to India, alone – again. Things were supposed to be different this time, but Georgia backpacked solo to Thailand and survived, what could possibly go wrong? Only she is about to...

The Lost Daughter of India

The Lost Daughter of India
  • Author(s): Sharon Maas
  • Location(s): India
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Later 20th Century

One woman. One impossible choice. Her daughter or her happiness … When Caroline meets Kamal the attraction is instant. He’s enchanting, charismatic and she can’t wait to set up a new life with him in India. Both their families are against the union...

The Midnight Rose

The Midnight Rose
  • Author(s): Lucinda Riley
  • Location(s): England, India
  • Genre(s): Historical
  • Era(s): 1900s onwards

Spanning four generations, The Midnight Rose sweeps from the glittering palaces of the great maharajas of India to the majestic stately homes of England, following the extraordinary life of a girl, Anahita Chavan, from 1911 to the present day . ....

The Mission House

The Mission House
  • Author(s): Carys Davies
  • Location(s): Ooty (Udagamandalam)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contempoary

Fleeing the dark undercurrents of contemporary life in Britain, Hilary Byrd takes refuge in Ooty, a hill station in South India. There he finds solace in life’s simple pleasures, travelling by rickshaw around the small town with his driver...

The Nowhere Man

The Nowhere Man
  • Author(s): Kamala Markandaya
  • Location(s): South London, India
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1960s

A story of racial violence on the streets of south east London in the 1960s. First published in 1972, the book still has contemporary resonance. Features an extensive new introduction from Paris Review columnist Emma Garman. Srinivas, an elderly...

The Portuguese House

The Portuguese House
  • Author(s): Pamela D Holloway
  • Location(s): Goa
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Present day

After being badly let down by her husband, writer Liz O’Malley takes a holiday in Goa, in India. To her surprise she falls in love with the place, the people and an old, somewhat derelict, Portuguese house. To her...

The Stolen Girl

The Stolen Girl
  • Author(s): Renita D'Silva
  • Location(s): Bangalore, London, Udupi
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern looking back

‘Your mother has been arrested. She stole you.’ For as long as thirteen-year-old Diya can remember, it’s always been just her and her mum, Vani. Despite never staying in one place long enough to call it home, with her...

The Twentieth Wife

The Twentieth Wife
  • Author(s): Indu Sundaresan
  • Location(s): Rajasthan
  • Genre(s): Historical
  • Era(s): 1600s

An enchanting historical epic of grand passion and adventure, this debut novel tells the captivating story of one of India’s most controversial empresses — a woman whose brilliance and determination trumped myriad obstacles, and whose love shaped the course...

City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi

City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi
  • Author(s): William Dalrymple
  • Location(s): Delhi
  • Genre(s): Travelogue
  • Era(s): Modern

A riveting description of a year spent in Delhi. A fascinating portrait of a city with an array of amazing characters. This book really describes the city, its magical and interesting nature both past and present.

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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