Thursday, 12 October 2017
Trip Fiction Brings the World to your Bookshelf
A year or so ago, I came across a marvellous website called Trip Fiction. It was founded in 2012 (the year of the UK Olympics seems rather apt) but the germ of the idea had occurred to the founders, Tina and Tony, long before that. I've found it so useful and it's always nice to share a good thing so I asked Andrew Morris, who is now one of the team, to come along and tell my readers more.
Thank you so much, Harriet, for inviting TripFiction to introduce ourselves to your own book-loving audience.
Books set in location offer great travel reading. TripFiction was created to make it easy to match a location with a book, and thanks to our searchable database you can find a book relevant to any trip. TripFiction features novels, travelogues and memoirs set in over 1,500 countries, regions, and cities from around the world, so your destination is almost bound to be covered.
TripFiction lets you see a location through an author’s eyes.
Works of fiction generate a feel for, and empathy with, a location that is quite different to that obtained through conventional travel guides. Literature – modern or historical – can help us absorb atmosphere and context in a way that no other written word finds possible.
TripFiction was created to make it easy for you to select literature that is most pertinent and relevant to your trip in a way that has not been practical before. You can search books by location, by author, by genre – and cross reference across all three. So, apart from just selecting by location, you can see which countries feature on your favourite author’s books, or whether a book of a particular genre is set in a city you are about to visit.
The website does not just list titles. Each title has a synopsis and frequently a lead review. It also carries reviews and ratings by members of the TripFiction community – ratings are given for both the content of the book and also for how well it portrays the location itself.
And we carry interviews with authors, talking about their work and how important a specific location, or a strong general sense of place, might be in their writing. You'll remember this lovely #TalkingLocationWith post, Harriet, where you told TripFiction how Sri Lanka was the perfect setting for your own Inspector de Silva series.
We also set up the TripFiction Book Club (#TFBookClub) earlier this year to allow readers to win a book set in a particular location, and for us all to read and comment on the book together for a couple of months. So far we've travelled to Sardinia, Prague, Central America and the Lake District.
And we are delighted that your very own Trouble in Nuala, the first in your Inspector de Silva series, will be the #TFBookClub read for November & December, allowing readers to travel with you to exotic Sri Lanka.
(There will be a limited number of free paperback copies of the book as well as e-copies to give away to readers who participate in the TF Book Club. In addition, the lucky winner of the associated giveaway competition will win a copy of each of the three books in the series and, for an extra relaxing read, a delightful elephant mug and some Ceylon tea to drink out of it! Look out for more news soon.)
Thanks again for letting us introduce TripFiction to your audience, Harriet, and we look forward to exploring the world with them through books.
Social media links for TF:
YouTube (TripFiction #Literarywanderlust),
Instagram (@TripFiction) and