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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 Red Coffin

The Red Coffin
  • Author(s): Sam Eastland
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): 1939

It is 1939. The world stands on the brink of Armageddon. In the Soviet Union, years of revolution, fear and persecution have left the country unprepared to face the onslaught of Nazi Germany. For the coming battles, Stalin has...

The Road of Bones: A Journey to the Dark Heart of Russia

The Road of Bones: A Journey to the Dark Heart of Russia
  • Author(s): Jeremy Poolman
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Travelogue
  • Era(s): Modern

The Road of Bones is the story of Russia’s greatest road. For over 200 years, the route of the Vladimirka Road has been at the centre of the nation’s history, having witnessed everything from the first human footsteps to...

The Romanov Prophecy

The Romanov Prophecy
  • Author(s): Steve Berry
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): 20th Century and near future

History is being made and Miles Lord has a ringside seat. The people of Russia have voted to bring back the tsar, a ruler to be selected from the distant relatives of Nicholas II, who was murdered along with...

The Secret Speech

The Secret Speech
  • Author(s): Tom Rob Smith
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Era(s): 1950s

The Soviet Union 1956: after Stalin’s death, a violent regime is beginning to fracture. Stalin’s successor Khrushchev pledges reform. But there are forces at work that are unable to forgive or forget the past. Leo Demidov, former MGB officer,...

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 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 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....

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...

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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