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The Wolves of Leninsky Prospekt

The Wolves of Leninsky Prospekt
  • Author(s): Sarah Armstrong
  • Location(s): Moscow
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): 1970s

Escaping failure as an undergraduate and a daughter, not to mention bleak 1970s England, Martha marries Kit – who is gay. Having a wife could keep him safe in Moscow in his diplomatic post. As Martha tries to understand...

To Kill a Tsar

To Kill a Tsar
  • Author(s): Andrew Williams
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Era(s): 19th Century

This tense, gripping novel set in 19C St Petersburg amid desperate revolutionaries bent on the overthrow of the Tsar ‘confirms Andrew William’s place in the front ranks of English thriller writers’ (Daily Mail). Shortlisted for the CWA Ellis Peters...

To the Hermitage

To the Hermitage
  • Author(s): Malcolm Bradbury
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad), Stockholm
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1770s, 1990s

To The Hermitage is Sir Malcolm Bradbury’s first novel in nearly a decade, and its length and ambition provide some clue as to why it has been so long in the making. The novel begins with the arrival of...

Under a Blood Red Sky

Under a Blood Red Sky
  • Author(s): Kate Furnivall
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1930s

Davinsky Labour Camp, Siberia, 1933: Sofia Morozova knows she has to escape. Only two things have sustained her through the bitter cold, aching hunger and hard labour: the prospect of one day walking free: and the stories told by...

Violet

Violet
  • Author(s): S J I Holliday
  • Location(s): Russia, Mongolia, Ulan Bator / Ulaanbaatar
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Present

Carrie’s best friend has an accident and can no longer make the round-the-world trip they’d planned together, so Carrie decides to go it alone. Violet is also travelling alone, after splitting up with her boyfriend in Thailand. She is...

Winter Garden

Winter Garden
  • Author(s): Kristin Hannah
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 2001 looking back

The story opens in 2001, when sisters Nina, both in their 40s, are facing major life changes. Fact and fiction are interwoven into the story as they look back over their Father’s life in Russia

Gorky Park

Gorky Park
  • Author(s): Martin Cruz Smith
  • Location(s): Moscow
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): Late 1900s

They lay peacefully, even artfully, under their thawing crust of ice, the centre one on its back, hands folded as if for a religious funeral, the other two turned, arms out under the ice like flanking emblems on embossed...

A Gentle Axe

A Gentle Axe
  • Author(s): R N Morris
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): 19th Century

A great setting of 19th Century St Petersburg for this crime novel

Brief Loves that Live Forever

Brief Loves that Live Forever
  • Author(s): Andrei Makine
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction

In Soviet Russia the desire for freedom is also a desire for the freedom to love. Lovers live as outlaws, traitors to the collective spirit, and love is more intense when it feels like an act of resistance. Now...

Consolations of the Forest

Consolations of the Forest
  • Author(s): Sylvain Tesson
  • Location(s): Siberia
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): 2010

In Consolations of the Forest, Sylvain Tesson explains how he found a radical solution to his need for freedom, one as ancient as the experiences of the hermits of old Russia: he decided to lock himself alone in a...

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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