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The Country of Others

The Country of Others
  • Author(s): Leila Slimani
  • Location(s): Morocco
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1940s and 1950s

Alsace, 1944. Mathilde finds herself falling deeply in love with Amine Belhaj, a Moroccan soldier billeted in her town fighting for the French. After the Liberation, Mathilde leaves her country to follow her new husband to Morocco. But life...

The Death of Murat Idrissi

The Death of Murat Idrissi
  • Author(s): Tommy Wieringa
  • Location(s): Morocco
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Novella
  • Era(s): Modern

Two venturesome women on a journey through the land of their fathers and mothers. A wrong turn. A bad decision. They had no idea, when they arrived in Morocco, that their usual freedoms as young European women would not...

The Hustle

The Hustle
  • Author(s): Jori Sams
  • Location(s): North Africa, Morocco, Sahara
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Chris and Hue Childs find themselves caught up in a frenzied race to keep up with a succession of dubious guides and chauffeurs leading them on a frantic trail from the Rif Mountains and Chefchaouen to Fes, the Sahara,...

The Last Friend

The Last Friend
  • Author(s): Tahar Ben Jelloun
  • Location(s): Tangier
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 20th Century

The Last Friend, the new novel from internationally acclaimed author Tahar Ben Jelloun, winner of the 2004 International Dublin/IMPAC award, is a Rashamon-like tale of friendship and betrayal set in twentieth century Tangier. Written in Ben Jelloun’s inimitable and...

The Last Resort: A Mystery

The Last Resort: A Mystery
  • Author(s): Carmen Posadas
  • Location(s): Morocco
  • Genre(s): Mystery
  • Era(s): Modern

Jaime Valdés, high society lothario, has seemingly choked to death in the presence of both his mistress and his wife, but all of Spain is atwitter with the possibility of murder. Coincidentally, when he arrives at the spa, Molinet...

The Lioness of Morocco

The Lioness of Morocco
  • Author(s): Julia Drosten
  • Location(s): Morocco
  • Genre(s): Historical, Fiction
  • Era(s): 19th Century

Independent-minded Sibylla Spencer feels trapped in nineteenth-century London, where her strong will and progressive views have rendered her unmarriageable. Still single at twenty-three, she is treated like a child and feels stifled in her controlling father’s house. When Benjamin...

The Moroccan Girl

The Moroccan Girl
  • Author(s): Charles Cumming
  • Location(s): Morocco
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Also titled The Man Between Renowned author Kit Carradine is approached by an MI6 officer with a seemingly straightforward assignment: to track down a mysterious woman hiding somewhere in the exotic, perilous city of Marrakesh. But when Carradine learns the...

The Sand Child

The Sand Child
  • Author(s): Tahar Ben Jelloun
  • Location(s): Morocco
  • Genre(s): Historical
  • Era(s): 1950s

In this lyrical, hallucinatory novel set in Morocco, Tahar Ben Jelloun offers an imaginative and radical critique of contemporary Arab social customs and Islamic law. The Sand Child tells the story of a Moroccan father’s effort to thwart the...

The Serpent’s Daughter

The Serpent’s Daughter
  • Author(s): Suzanne Arruda
  • Location(s): Tangier
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): contemporary

Joining her mother for a holiday in the ancient port city of Tangier, American adventuress Jade del Cameron expects their trip will be far less dangerous than her safaris in East Africa. But soon after their introduction to a...

The Ship of Shadows

The Ship of Shadows
  • Author(s): Maria Kuzniar
  • Location(s): Seville, Morocco
  • Genre(s): Children
  • Era(s): Middle Ages

The sweeping, sparkling first book in a brand new series that will delight fans of The Polar Bear Explorer’s Club and The Girl of Ink and Stars. “A feast for the imagination . . . an enthralling adventure.” –...

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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