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GIVEAWAY – 3 copies of “Walking Pepys’s London”

18th April 2021

We are delighted to be able to offer 3 copies “Walking Pepys’s London” by Jacky Colliss Harvey. UK only entry.

3 copies of "Walking Pepys's London

Samuel Pepys walked round London for miles. The 2 1/2 miles to Whitehall from his house near the Tower of London was accomplished on an almost daily basis, and so many of his professional conversations took place whilst walking that the streets became for him an alternative to his office. With Pepys’s London, the reader will come to know life in London from the pavement up and see its streets from the perspective of this renowned diarist. The city was almost as much a character in Pepys’s life as his family or friends, and the book draws many parallels between his experience of 17th-century London and the lives of Londoners today. Colliss Harvey’s new book reconstructs the sensory and emotional experience of the past, bringing geography, biography and history into one. Full of fascinating details and written with extraordinary sensitivity, Pepys’s London is an unmissable exploration into the places that made the greatest English diarist of all time.


In order to be eligible to enter, you must be a member of TripFiction – simply go to www.tripfiction.com, scroll down to the JOIN NOW tab and join. And we do check! UK only entry.

And tell us in the comments below about the city you have most enjoyed visiting and why was that? (We, for example, 3 copies of "Walking Pepys's Londonwent to Wroclaw in Poland and were charmed by the tiny brass figurines that are dotted all over the city!). It can be anywhere in the world, you choose! Do this by midnight, 1st may 2021 and the first three names out of the hat will be sent a copy. 

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  1. User: Tina Hartas

    Posted on: 07/05/2021 at 3:33 pm

    The winners are:

    Shane Weir
    Carol Greenfield


  2. User: Plumbobmummy

    Posted on: 05/05/2021 at 12:03 pm

    Prague in Czech Republic as for a start it’s absolutely beautiful. We loved Charles Bridge, the big clock and the cathedrals. Plus we enjoyed some delicious food in the market. It’s a special place as it’s the first holiday me and my husband ever took together. So we also returned for our honeymoon.


  3. User: smellophant

    Posted on: 01/05/2021 at 10:00 pm

    Edinburgh – The whole city is so beautiful, the architecture, the gardens, the museums, the castle – I just loved all of it.


  4. User: Patricia Avery

    Posted on: 01/05/2021 at 8:49 pm

    I think a visit to Coventry in the 1960s when I was a student at teacher training college has stuck in my mind more than any other. I was especially moved by the reflection of the charred ruins of the old, bombed out cathedral reflected in the glass doors of the new one.


  5. User: Tess P

    Posted on: 01/05/2021 at 5:38 pm

    Budapest – of all the great European capitals something about it just really did it for me.


  6. User: molly57

    Posted on: 01/05/2021 at 8:05 am

    I always enjoy visiting Edinburgh because I was born there.


  7. User: Jennie Stallard

    Posted on: 30/04/2021 at 8:41 pm

    Munich – loved it there – especially when we travelled from there to Bavaria.


  8. User: pluckypuddin

    Posted on: 30/04/2021 at 6:40 pm

    I haven’t visited many cities but I have to say the hustle and bustle of London has always been my favourite. I love that there is just so much to do to suit every taste.


  9. User: Annette Oliver

    Posted on: 29/04/2021 at 7:38 pm

    New York and visiting Central Park


  10. User: Margaret Gallagher

    Posted on: 29/04/2021 at 11:43 am

    Manchester ! From textiles to pop artists there is so much to learn ( not forgetting the massive retail venues pubs and dining )


  11. User: Glenys

    Posted on: 26/04/2021 at 1:47 pm

    The City that I most enjoyed visiting was Kiev. In 1998 one of my friends was teaching English as a foreign language and in those days you needed a Visa and a special invitation to be allowed into the Ukraine, so my friend got us an invitation from his college principal. I visited with my friend’s wife on May Day weekend and watched all the celebrations, We visited all the attractions, the Dnieper River, the House of Monsters, which features large numbers of chimeras statues and gargoyles, the cathedral of Saint Sophia and went to the States Opera House, where we had a box and drank champagne whilst watching Aida. A fabulous trip and one which I would love to repeat, sadly my friend is no longer teaching out there, but perhaps one day, I will return.


  12. User: Alice O'Neill

    Posted on: 26/04/2021 at 8:49 am

    Has to be Paris….beautiful city, so much to see and the food !!!!!


  13. User: Claire D

    Posted on: 25/04/2021 at 5:51 pm

    Madrid had a great atmosphere and fabulous cider


  14. User: Try2write

    Posted on: 24/04/2021 at 11:17 pm

    Dublin – went with a dear friend who is no longer with us. Happy memories.


  15. User: I like reading

    Posted on: 24/04/2021 at 8:09 pm

    Hello, I love Newcastle, it is such a vibrant and lovely city.


  16. User: Margaret Gallagher

    Posted on: 23/04/2021 at 5:48 pm

    Liverpool – the culture the architect the people the food amazing city


  17. User: Rich Tyler

    Posted on: 23/04/2021 at 11:15 am

    I loved Budapest, really surprised me how beautiful & lovely people were…..


  18. User: Alyson Read

    Posted on: 23/04/2021 at 7:08 am

    Lichfield, the statues all over the cathedral are amazing.


  19. User: shane weir

    Posted on: 22/04/2021 at 8:52 pm

    Barcelona, it is just so beautiful


  20. User: Laura

    Posted on: 21/04/2021 at 3:07 pm

    London is my favourite city, there is so much to do


  21. User: becksta75

    Posted on: 21/04/2021 at 2:49 pm

    I love visiting Las Vegas – there is always something crazy to see and do!


  22. User: Sarah Parker

    Posted on: 21/04/2021 at 12:36 pm

    I love Paris – so much to see when you walk around it


  23. User: Holly

    Posted on: 20/04/2021 at 9:08 pm

    I have always said Arequipa in Peru is one of the nicest places I have ever visited, simply because it is so stunning and historic. The medieval historical centre is a history lover’s dream!


  24. User: Holly

    Posted on: 20/04/2021 at 9:03 pm

    I’ve always said my favourite place to visit is Arequipa in Peru, simply because it is just so beautifully historic, and the old medieval town centre is a history lover’s dream. It is also the only place I have visited that seems immune to humidity, no matter how hot it gets! I remember burning to a crisp when there, but the air was so clean and fresh that I didn’t care. It is packed with culture, stunning views, quaint little side streets and a hotel that is a converted medieval monastery. What more could I ask for in a holiday destination! What sticks in my mind most, though, are the people, who are, without doubt, some of the most welcoming people I have ever encountered.


  25. User: Emma Harvey

    Posted on: 20/04/2021 at 6:58 pm

    I have ways wanted to explore Venice because it is such an iconic city, all those gondolas and canals!


  26. User: Christine Williams

    Posted on: 20/04/2021 at 5:34 pm

    I loved Melbourne – there was so much street art dotted around the city, be that the corner of a library jutting out of the ground, or a giant purse or my favourite…a rather worried looking brass man clutching his brief case. Very fun to explore.


  27. User: Amy

    Posted on: 20/04/2021 at 1:38 pm

    instanbul to be honnest it was just full of cats and i love cats!!!


  28. User: Rachel Dayan

    Posted on: 20/04/2021 at 8:55 am

    Istanbul was one of my favourite cities. I’d read a few Ottoman Empire murder mystery books before going that included some of the iconic sites like the magical Hagia Sofia and the spooky underground Basilica Cystern and it really felt like I was in a time warp. A city of intrigue and mystery as well as vibrant life and history at every turn.


  29. User: Quod

    Posted on: 20/04/2021 at 8:45 am

    Paris, I was young free and single and Paris was like nowhere else on earth. Travelling from a small island it was my first trip abroad on my own. I just loved everything!


  30. User: Leanfun

    Posted on: 20/04/2021 at 7:46 am

    Funchal walking through the old town with its painted doors and lots of cafes.


  31. User: Carol Greenfield

    Posted on: 20/04/2021 at 7:18 am

    San Francisco for me, so much to see from Fishermans Wharf to Chinatown and the Golden Gate Bridge is always a wonderful changing view, plus the shopping is always a bargain hunters dream.


  32. User: lapsapchung

    Posted on: 20/04/2021 at 6:50 am

    Vienna. I love the music, the art, the architecture, the food, the wine, the rural areas that are still part of the city, I love everything about it. And of course I have read so many books set there that I almost expect to see a familiar character waiting around every corner.


  33. User: Tonibirkin

    Posted on: 20/04/2021 at 5:41 am

    Cambridge – An old City that is still changing and evolving. Always something new to see such as dinky doors! Also my home town!


  34. User: redfox5

    Posted on: 19/04/2021 at 10:16 pm

    I loved Kyoto. It was so beautiful and the food was amazing.


  35. User: Lisa

    Posted on: 19/04/2021 at 2:35 pm

    Barcelona – I loved its distinctive architecture.


  36. User: Thunderbird

    Posted on: 19/04/2021 at 6:40 am

    This last year during the pandemic walking around my home city of Newcastle has been an eye opener. Empty streets made way to view buildings more closely, including masonry details we’ve not noticed when the city is busy. Even a new apartment block was finished towering above the city, I’ve watched it grow from the start. The modern university buildings also are a contrast to the historical Grainger town. My city is beautiful


  37. User: philatel

    Posted on: 18/04/2021 at 9:40 pm

    I loved Paris – all the sights were within walking distance and we spent hours just walking round.


  38. User: RAS75

    Posted on: 18/04/2021 at 7:46 pm

    It has to be Istanbul Not only is it a very historic city but the shopping is wonderful The foods great as well It really does tick all the boxes for me


  39. User: Andrea Hedgcock

    Posted on: 18/04/2021 at 7:01 pm

    For me it is London – a yearly trip to National Portrait Gallery and then a wonder round Soho, Covent Gardens & the districts. Look forward to being able to do that soon!


  40. User: Rachel Hall

    Posted on: 18/04/2021 at 6:10 pm

    Barcelona – and how lovely it was to eat out on Las Ramblas. So much going on and such a great atmosphere that I have never found anywhere else I have visited.


  41. User: Julie Ryan

    Posted on: 18/04/2021 at 5:48 pm

    Love Athens, so much to see and you never know what’s around the next corner.


  42. User: Linda Kerr

    Posted on: 18/04/2021 at 5:30 pm

    I once went to Dublin on my own, expecting nothing but a couple of therapeutic nights away. Almost as soon as I arrived I became immersed in literary, historical and musical heaven. Everywhere I went I walked in the footsteps of Joyce and Beckett, caught the lilt of Sinead or The Chieftains and felt the weight of history upon me as I stood outside the Post Office building on O’Connell Street.


  43. User: VickiPope

    Posted on: 18/04/2021 at 5:21 pm

    Paris. Finding hidden streets off the beaten track and incredible architecture


Enter the inaugural TripFiction 'Voyages by Verse' Poetry Competition...

A poem in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

1,000 word maximum - no minimum

Top judges to decide the winners

Cash prizes totalling £500 / $600 

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Entries close 13th June 2021