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Between Shades Of Gray

Between Shades Of Gray
  • Author(s): Ruta Sepetys
  • Location(s): Lithuania, Russia
  • Genre(s): Young Adult, Fiction
  • Era(s): 1941

The haunting and powerful Second World War novel by Ruta Sepetys that inspired the feature film, ASHES IN THE SNOW, OUT NOW. One night fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother and young brother are hauled from their home by Soviet guards,...

Beyond the Funeral

Beyond the Funeral
  • Author(s): Peter Marshall
  • Location(s): Portsmouth, Canada, Mexico, Moscow
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Thriller
  • Era(s): Contemporary

As the red rose drifted away in the sea with the ashes, it was not the end of the story. It was the start of a new spy thriller – “Beyond the Funeral” – a fast-moving story in which...

Bird’s Milk

Bird’s Milk
  • Author(s): Jana Bakunina
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): 1970s- 2000s

In Bird’s Milk, Jana Bakunina tells the story of her childhood in the Soviet Union from the early days of perestroika to the collapse of the USSR, offering a unique insight into the lives of ordinary Russians. Bird s...

Black Sun

Black Sun
  • Author(s): Owen Matthews
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Thriller
  • Era(s): 1961

1961. Hidden deep within central Soviet Russia is a place that doesn’t appear on any map: a city called Arzamas-16. Here a community of dedicated scientists and technicians is building the most powerful nuclear device the world will ever...

Black Tea

Black Tea
  • Author(s): Stephen Morris
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): 2019

Black Tea is a book about Russia that starts in London at the height of the Cold War and ends on a beach in Crimea forty years later. It takes those elements of the writer’s life that were forged...

Blood Red, Snow White

Blood Red, Snow White
  • Author(s): Marcus Sedgwick
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Young Adult
  • Era(s): The Russian Revolution

The Russian Revolution. Fairy tale, spy thriller, love story. One man’s life during the last days of the Romanovs, beautifully imagined by award-winning author Marcus Sedgwick. Shortlisted for the Costa Children’s Book Award. Set in the rich and atmospheric...

Cilka’s Journey

Cilka’s Journey
  • Author(s): Heather Morris
  • Location(s): Auschwitz/Birkenau, Siberia
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): WW2

In 1942 Cilka Klein is just sixteen years old when she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp. The Commandant at Birkenau, Schwarzhuber, notices her long beautiful hair, and forces her separation from the other women prisoners. Cilka learns quickly...

Crime and Punishment

Crime and Punishment
  • Author(s): Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Crime
  • Era(s): early 19th century

Dostoyevsky’s great novel of damnation and redemption evokes a world where the lines between innocence and corruption, good and evil, blur. It tells the story of Raskolnikov, a destitute and desperate former student, who wanders through the slums of...

Dancing for Stalin: A Dancer’s Story of Courage and Survival in Soviet Russia

Dancing for Stalin: A Dancer’s Story of Courage and Survival in Soviet Russia
  • Author(s): Christina Ezrahi
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Biography, Historical
  • Era(s): Early 20th Century

Nina Anisimova was one of Russia’s most renowned ballerinas and one of the first Soviet female choreographers. Yet few knew that her exemplary career concealed a dark secret. In 1938, at the height of Stalin’s Great Terror, Nina was...

Dead Souls

Dead Souls
  • Author(s): Nikolai Gogol
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1840s

Nikolai Gogol’s ‘epic poem in prose’, Dead Souls is a damning indictment of a corrupt society, translated from the Russian with an introduction and notes by Robert A. Maguire in Penguin Classics. Chichikov, a mysterious stranger, arrives in the...

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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