Why Join?

  • Add New Books

  • Write a Review

  • Backpack Reading Lists

  • Newsletter Updates

Join Now

GIVEAWAY – 3 copies of Mr Wilder and Me by Jonathan Coe

15th August 2021

We are delighted to offer 3 copies of Mr Wilder and Me by Jonathan Coe, novel set in London / Los Angeles / Greece / Munich/ Paris. Looking back to 1977.

3 copies of Mr Wilder and Me by Jonathan Coe

In the heady summer of 1977, a naïve young woman called Calista sets out from Athens to venture into the wider world. On a Greek island that has been turned into a film set, she finds herself working for the famed Hollywood director Billy Wilder, about whom she knows almost nothing. But the time she spends in this glamorous, unfamiliar new life will change her for good.

While Calista is thrilled with her new adventure, Wilder himself is living with the realisation that his star may be on the wane. Rebuffed by Hollywood, he has financed his new film with German money, and when Calista follows him to Munich for the shooting of further scenes, she finds herself joining him on a journey of memory into the dark heart of his family history.

In a novel that is at once a tender coming-of-age story and an intimate portrait of one of cinema’s most intriguing figures, Jonathan Coe turns his gaze on the nature of time and fame, of family and the treacherous lure of nostalgia. When the world is catapulting towards change, do you hold on for dear life or decide it’s time to let go?

“It is such a whimsical read, a pleasure to pick up… it is written with a charm and child-like wonder, portraying the industry that was (as we now clearly know) not all it seemed. It demands that the reader suspend modern day cynicism (do try!), which of course is hard when our reality today is coloured by the antics of venal and mendacious leaders who are the polar opposite of the tenet of this novel” (TripFiction)


You must be a member of TripFiction. You can join by going to www.tripfiction.com and scrolling down to the JOIN NOW tab. We do check!

Then, tell us in the COMMENTS BELOW which of the locations featured in this book you would like to visit! Do this by midnight, 28th August and the first 3 names chosen at random will be sent a copy of the book by the publisher. UK ONLY

Join Team TripFiction on Social Media:

Twitter (@TripFiction), Facebook (@TripFiction.Literarywanderlust), YouTube (TripFiction #Literarywanderlust), Instagram (@TripFiction) and Pinterest (@TripFiction)

Subscribe to future blog posts

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


  1. User: Tina Hartas

    Posted on: 30/08/2021 at 5:21 pm

    The winners are:

    Christine Constable
    Ellie Wood


  2. User: Katherine McDonald

    Posted on: 28/08/2021 at 9:27 pm

    Can I say all of them! If I had to pick one it would be Los Angeles because I’ve never been there before.


  3. User: Lucy Wright-Booth

    Posted on: 28/08/2021 at 9:12 pm

    I would love to go to Greece. I went once years ago and it was so beautiful so would love to go back!


  4. User: Patricia Avery

    Posted on: 28/08/2021 at 6:15 pm

    I’d love to visit Greece, a country that has intrigued me with its history since viewing the Elgin Marbles as a student teacher more than 50 years ago


  5. User: o21nikki

    Posted on: 28/08/2021 at 12:39 pm



  6. User: Deborah Bird

    Posted on: 28/08/2021 at 11:11 am

    I would love to visit Greece!


  7. User: Lynne OConnor

    Posted on: 28/08/2021 at 10:35 am

    Greece, every time. Even better if I could go back to unspoilt 1977 Greece


  8. User: Sheena Read

    Posted on: 28/08/2021 at 10:22 am



  9. User: Rosiej

    Posted on: 28/08/2021 at 7:45 am

    I love Greece and spent many holidays there but have never visited Kefalonia and that’s on my Greek wishlist


  10. User: Claire D

    Posted on: 27/08/2021 at 10:04 pm

    I’d love to visit Munich. Looks fascinating


  11. User: Jennie Stallard

    Posted on: 27/08/2021 at 8:03 pm

    Munich – i love Germany


  12. User: Helen Clayton

    Posted on: 27/08/2021 at 3:31 pm

    For sure Greece-adore the country and islands with the warm welcome of the people. An Athens guided walking tour would be a dream!


  13. User: Kim M

    Posted on: 27/08/2021 at 1:24 pm



  14. User: aspella

    Posted on: 26/08/2021 at 3:00 pm

    I’d like to visit Munich


  15. User: becksta75

    Posted on: 24/08/2021 at 11:46 pm

    I’d love to visit Los Angeles and hit the beach!


  16. User: Susan Hunt

    Posted on: 24/08/2021 at 9:12 pm

    For me it would have to be Munich. I’ve never been but I’ve heard it’s a really vibrant city.


  17. User: Kay Gerken

    Posted on: 23/08/2021 at 11:09 pm

    I would like to visit Munich because I visited some 50 years ago with my parents and it would be great to go back again.


  18. User: Tina

    Posted on: 23/08/2021 at 8:55 pm

    I’d love to visit Athens


  19. User: Laura

    Posted on: 22/08/2021 at 11:04 pm

    I would most like to visit Athens


  20. User: Victoria N

    Posted on: 21/08/2021 at 7:06 pm

    I’d love to visit Athens


  21. User: andyi

    Posted on: 21/08/2021 at 2:52 pm

    I would love to visit Greece. The relaxed healthy lifestyle would be a nice treat.


  22. User: skreads

    Posted on: 21/08/2021 at 12:05 pm

    We would like to visit Los Angeles, Athens and Munich. That will be wonderful and memorable. Thank you!


  23. User: Sammy

    Posted on: 21/08/2021 at 8:36 am

    Greece is location featured in this book that I would like to visit.
    I have not bean there before.
    I have not travelled much to be honest.
    Thankyou very much for the opportunity to read your book
    Good luck everyone


  24. User: leanne weir

    Posted on: 20/08/2021 at 9:02 pm

    Definitely greece


  25. User: Aesop58

    Posted on: 20/08/2021 at 8:14 pm

    Would love to visit Athens


  26. User: Christine Constable

    Posted on: 20/08/2021 at 7:07 pm

    I’d love to spend time on a Greek island


  27. User: Gul Akkaya

    Posted on: 20/08/2021 at 6:28 pm

    I’d like to visit Greece and charge up with some sunshine before it is too late!


  28. User: MrsJ2000

    Posted on: 20/08/2021 at 5:53 pm

    would love to visit Munich


  29. User: Kelos

    Posted on: 20/08/2021 at 4:59 pm

    Never been to Munich, so I would love to go there 🙂


  30. User: Amy

    Posted on: 20/08/2021 at 2:17 pm



  31. User: Ellie Wood

    Posted on: 20/08/2021 at 1:14 pm

    Would love to go to Greece at the moment and have some freshly squeezed juice!


  32. User: Rich Tyler

    Posted on: 20/08/2021 at 1:02 pm

    Love to visit GREECE, gotta be better weather then summer here right now!


  33. User: Whizadora

    Posted on: 20/08/2021 at 12:48 pm

    Great prize! ❤️
    I’d love to visit Greece one day!


  34. User: spacebeagle

    Posted on: 20/08/2021 at 12:00 pm

    Munich. A vibrant and modern city with bier kellars and the BMW museum!


  35. User: Susan Gilley

    Posted on: 20/08/2021 at 9:26 am

    Mr Wilder and Me:
    I should love to visit Athens again. I have fond memories of Greece .


  36. User: Mary Hutton

    Posted on: 20/08/2021 at 9:26 am

    Has to be the Greek island!


  37. User: Jammy Janet

    Posted on: 20/08/2021 at 9:07 am

    I’d love to visit Athens to explore the origins of theatre


  38. User: Kathleen marsden

    Posted on: 20/08/2021 at 8:44 am

    Munich would be lovely with my family by my side


  39. User: Katrina Adams

    Posted on: 20/08/2021 at 8:09 am

    I would love to go to Munich, especially during Oktoberfest.


  40. User: Martha

    Posted on: 20/08/2021 at 7:40 am

    I would love to visit Munich.


  41. User: Denice

    Posted on: 19/08/2021 at 10:40 pm

    Munich would be incredible


  42. User: Sushka

    Posted on: 19/08/2021 at 9:57 pm

    I would love to go to Greece


  43. User: owlpen

    Posted on: 19/08/2021 at 9:43 pm

    Take me to a Greek Island please!


  44. User: redfox5

    Posted on: 19/08/2021 at 9:14 pm

    Los Angeles is on my bucket list but I would also love to go to Greece.


  45. User: eshaah1

    Posted on: 19/08/2021 at 9:10 pm



  46. User: jeanniep

    Posted on: 19/08/2021 at 12:41 pm

    I would love to visit Greece.


  47. User: lapsapchung

    Posted on: 17/08/2021 at 6:47 am

    Munich is one of the cities on my wish-to-visit list so that’s where I would want to go. One of my daughters did a German exchange visit there and loved it, and she and I tend to love the same places.


  48. User: Hutchy73

    Posted on: 16/08/2021 at 10:28 pm

    Los Angeles would be fun although would love to return to Paris


  49. User: I like reading

    Posted on: 16/08/2021 at 7:09 pm

    Hello, I would like to go to Athens, I’m sure it is beautiful. I would like to Baklava there!


  50. User: Michelle Ptak

    Posted on: 16/08/2021 at 1:45 pm

    Would be Greece, sitting alongside the Mediterranean with a glass of wine, my book and enjoying a dish of olives. Many thanks


  51. User: Thunderbird

    Posted on: 16/08/2021 at 9:27 am

    Germany. Would love to visit with my husband. We’ve both been to various parts of Germany, me before we met, my husband with work, but we’ve never been together. We have particular places in mind such as Berlin and Frankfurt


  52. User: Lesley Morton-Evans

    Posted on: 16/08/2021 at 6:42 am

    In these difficult times of travel, it would be fabulous to escape to Greece and the other locations within the pages of this book. Greece would be my favourite though.


  53. User: Lisa D

    Posted on: 16/08/2021 at 6:35 am

    Los Angeles. My parents loved their time in California but I’ve never been there myself.


  54. User: Francesca Boyle

    Posted on: 15/08/2021 at 10:03 pm

    I’m really missing Greece – I’ve visited many of the Greek islands over the years and can’t wait to get back there. The people, the history, the food… Having said that, I’ve never been to Munich and would love to go! To be fair, after the last year and a half, anywhere further afield than Consett, Co. Durham would be an adventure!


  55. User: Claire Harris

    Posted on: 15/08/2021 at 8:29 pm

    Right now I would love to visit Greece, as I am desperate to be in a warm sea somewhere! 3 years since I have been able to swim in the sea and I am missing it!


  56. User: Debbie Hall

    Posted on: 15/08/2021 at 8:15 pm

    I love Paris but have never been to Munich so that would be great


  57. User: Locky

    Posted on: 15/08/2021 at 8:04 pm

    I would love to visit Paris as I haven’t been there for years!


  58. User: philatel

    Posted on: 15/08/2021 at 7:04 pm

    I would like to visit Paris – my best friend who I met on our first day at Primary School – lives there and, because of Covid, we haven’t been able to have our annual meet for over 2 years!


  59. User: Janice

    Posted on: 15/08/2021 at 6:51 pm

    I would love to visit Munich again. I was there as a student and we had planned to go last year. I want to walk in the Englischer Garten again, speak German to people and hear the Bavarian accent and visit the art galleries.


  60. User: Janine

    Posted on: 15/08/2021 at 6:09 pm

    As the only one I haven’t been to is Munich then I’d visit there


  61. User: Rachel Hall

    Posted on: 15/08/2021 at 4:54 pm

    Munich because it would probably be the only place with a temperature that I could cope with!


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