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Silver Travel Book ClubHF HolidaysWe know you love travelling, and we also know that many Silver Travellers are just as passionate about books. So what could be better than combining both, and giving you the chance to win a book each month with the Silver Travel Book Club, proudly sponsored by HF Holidays

Andrew MorrisOur Literary Editor Andrew Morris, has introduced us to TripFiction, a wonderful website focusing on books with a strong sense of place, allowing you to see a location through an author's eyes. Great for reading ideas for your holiday!

Each month, we'll find out what Andrew is reading about a different destination, and two lucky Silver Travel Book Club readers can win a free copy of the month's book.

Borderlands by LJ Ross

Andrew's Book of the Month - December 2019

This month the Silver Travel Book Club – proudly sponsored by HF Holidays – is reading the literary classic ‘Jane Eyre’ by Charlotte Brontë.

Find out how to win a copy



Andrew's Book of the Month - November 2019

Borderlands by LJ Ross

This month the Silver Travel Book Club – proudly sponsored by HF Holidays – is reading Borderlands by LJ Ross.

Murder and mystery are peppered with romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunnit set amidst the spectacular Northumbrian landscape.

Read 'In the footsteps of LJ Ross, DCI Ryan and 'Borderlands'' by Andrew Morrris.

Read an interview with the author LJ Ross.

Book of the Month November 2019 winners:
No1tealady and GeminiJen

Andrew's Book of the Month - October 2019

The Salt Path by Raynor WinnThis month the Silver Travel Book Club – proudly sponsored by Emerald Waterways – is rading The Salt Path by Raynor Winn.

The Salt Path is an especially appropriate choice for the Silver Travel Book Club as author Raynor Winn has recently won the Royal Society of Literature Christopher Bland Prize for 2019, awarded to encourage and celebrate older writers. It is awarded annually to a debut novelist or popular non-fiction writer, first published at the age of 50 or over.

Book of the Month October 2019 winners:
SuzCG and The-Ochils


Andrew's Book of the Month - September 2019

'First Overland: London-Singapore by Land Rover'This month the Silver Travel Book Club – proudly sponsored by Emerald Waterways – is rather excitingly about more than just reading a book.

Back in 1955, some Oxford & Cambridge undergraduates jumped into two new Land Rovers and completed the first overland journey from the English Channel to Singapore. Seven months, 12,000 miles, rivers, jungles, mountains and too few roads. A remarkable expedition and achievement, where many had previously failed.

Tim Slessor was in that 1955 team and his book First Overland: London-Singapore by Land Rover has recently been republished, with a foreword by Sir David Attenborough.

And now Tim has combined forces with Alex Bescoby (from Grammar Productions) and others to return one of those original Land Rovers from Singapore to London. Sponsors of this exciting expedition include our friends at the Singapore Tourist Board. The team departed on August 25th and watch this space for updates on their journey across a challenging landscape which has changed dramatically over the last 60 years.

Watch a trailer of the Last Overland expedition and read more about the route and the team – which includes Tim’s grandson Nat. 


Book of the Month September 2019 winners:
GypsyWanderer and DRSask

Andrew's Book of the Month - August 2019

'Underland' by Robert MacfarlaneThis month the Silver Travel Book Club – proudly sponsored by Emerald Waterways – is reading Underland: A Deep Time Journey, by Robert Macfarlane.

In Underland, Robert Macfarlane takes us on a journey into the worlds beneath our feet. From the ice-blue depths of Greenland's glaciers, to the underground networks by which trees communicate, from Bronze Age burial chambers to the rock art of remote Arctic sea-caves, this is a deep-time voyage into the planet's past and future.

Book of the Month August 2019 winners:
Upstart and mexicanhat


Andrew's Book of the Month - July 2019

To Oldly Go, published by Bradt Travel GuidesThis month the Silver Travel Book Club – proudly sponsored by Emerald Waterways – is reading To Oldly Go, published by Bradt Travel Guides.

A new collection of remarkable travel tales from 'Silver Travellers': Dervla Murphy travelling in Cuba at the age of 74, Matthew Parris swimming the Thames at 60, and Colin Thubron climbing the last stronghold of the Assassins in his 60s are among the writers recounting their adventures, often defying expectations - and the odds - and going outside their comfort zone to take a less-travelled path in later life.

Book of the Month July 2019 winners:
GBG and Sararose


Andrew's Book of the Month - June 2019

The House on the Edge of the Cliff by Carol DrinkwaterThis month the Silver Travel Book Club – proudly sponsored by Emerald Waterways – is reading The House on the Edge of the Cliff, by Carol Drinkwater.

The past and present spectacularly collide in this gripping story of love and betrayal echoing across the decades.

Carol Drinkwater is a much-loved actress and also an author of many books, including the ‘Olive series’, based on the 10-acre olive grove where she lives in the South of France. We’re delighted that she will be interacting with Silver Travel Book Club readers on the Forum thread throughout June.

Book of the Month June 2019 winners:
Grosvenor and terrypaul2


Andrew's Book of the Month - May 2019

The People We Were Before, by Annabelle ThorpeThis month the Silver Travel Book Club – proudly sponsored by Emerald Waterways – is reading The People We Were Before, by Annabelle Thorpe.

Yugoslavia, summer 1979. A new village. A new life. But eight-year-old Miro knows the real reason why his family moved from the inland city of Knin to the sun-kissed village of Ljeta on the Dalmatian Coast, a tragedy he tries desperately to forget.

Read Silver Travel Book Club Literary Editor Andrew's literary cruise on the mighty Danube from Budapest to Bucharest, on board Emerald Waterways’ Enchantment of Eastern Europe cruise.

Book of the Month May 2019 winners:
Shirley and JKM


Andrew's Book of the Month - April 2019

The 50 Greatest Castles and Palaces of the World by Gilly PickupThis month the Silver Travel Book Club – proudly sponsored by Emerald Waterways – is The 50 Greatest Castles and Palaces of the World, by Gilly Pickup.

From the flamboyance of Germany’s fairy tale-Neuschwanstein Castle to the gothic, Dracula-inspiring Bran Castle, perched high in the craggy peaks of Romania’s Carpathian Mountains; Tokyo’s Imperial Palace, previously home to samurai warriors to Ireland’s Blarney Castle, where ‘the gift of the gab’ will be granted to any who kiss its stone, the world’s castles and palaces are steeped in history and stories to tell.

Book of the Month April 2019 winners:
FlyingFlish and Grey-Wolf


Andrew's Book of the Month - March 2019

The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton

This month the Silver Travel Book Club – proudly sponsored by Emerald Waterways – is reading the thought-provoking The Art of Travel, Alain de Botton's travel guide with a difference.

With the help of a selection of writers, artists and thinkers - including Flaubert, Edward Hopper, Wordsworth and Van Gogh - Alain de Botton's The Art of Travel provides invaluable insights into everything from holiday romance to hotel mini-bars, airports to sight-seeing.

Book of the Month March 2019 winners:
Upstart and The-lone-traveller



Andrew's Book of the Month - February 2019

Thinking on My Feet by Kate HumbleThis month the Silver Travel Book Club – proudly sponsored by Emerald Waterways – will be all about Kate Humble’s inspiring Thinking on My Feet: the small joy of putting one foot in front of another.

Thinking on My Feet tells the story of Kate's walking year - shining a light on the benefits of this simple activity. Kate's inspiring narrative not only records her walks (and runs) throughout a single year, but also charts her feelings and impressions throughout - capturing the perspectives that only a journey on foot allows - and shares the outcomes: a problem solved, a mood lifted, an idea or opportunity borne. As she explores the reasons why we walk, whether for creative energy, challenge and pleasure, or therapeutic benefits, Kate's reflections and insights will encourage, motivate and spur readers into action.

Book of the Month February 2019 winners:
JKM and Judergn


Andrew's Book of the Month - January 2019

Food Trails from Lonely PlanetThis month the Silver Travel Book Club will be all about the mouth-watering Food Trails from Lonely Planet – ‘Plan 52 perfect weekends in the world’s tastiest destinations’.

For everyone who loves travel and trying the local delicacies, this beautifully illustrated hardback is the must-have handbook to a year's worth of perfect weekends around the world for food lovers. Featured trails include an homage to Buenos Aires steak, cosy wintertime French Canadian cuisine, Puglia's distinctive dishes, and Parisian patisserie. Each trail is an itinerary, detailing when and where to indulge in the local specialties. There are 52 trails, each with gorgeous photography, a bespoke map, expert writing and practical details of how to get there and where to stay.

Book of the Month January 2019 winners:
GerryK and Upstart


Andrew's Book of the Month - December 2018

Journeys of a Lifetime from National GeographicThe Silver Travel Book Club choice this month is the rather special Journeys of a Lifetime from National Geographic.

Completely updated for its 10th anniversary, this best-selling inspirational travel guide reveals 500 celebrated and lesser-known destinations from around the globe, from ocean cruises in Antarctica to horse treks in the Andes. Compiled from the favourite trips of National Geographic's legendary travel writers, this fully updated and revised Journeys of a Lifetime spans the globe to highlight the best of the world's most celebrated and lesser-known sojourns.

Book of the Month December 2018 winners:
elena_2 and MOUNTAINGOAT

Andrew's Book of the Month - November 2018

Sail Away by Celia ImrieThis month’s Silver Travel Book Club is reading Sail Away by Celia Imrie.

The deliciously witty, irresistibly indulgent new novel from the top ten Sunday Times bestselling author of Not Quite Nice follows the exploits of two women on an Atlantic cruise ship.

Vividly evoking the old-world glamour of a cruise ship – and the complex politics of its staff quarters – Sail Away is at once a hilarious romp and a thrilling tale of intrigue, from the acclaimed pen of Celia Imrie.

Book of the Month November 2018 winners:

GeminiJen and yorkshirecat


Andrew's Book of the Month - October 2018

Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. JeromeThis month’s Silver Travel Book Club selection is Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome.

First published in 1889, this book charts the journey of three London clerks as they travel for two weeks along the Thames from Kingston upon Thames to Oxford. It captures the essence of messing about on the river, with hilarious moments that are still relevant today.

Book of the Month October 2018 winners:
almonds and The-lone-traveller



Andrew's Book of the Month - September 2018

Turning Left Around The World by David C MooreThis month the Silver Travel Book Club is reading Turning Left Around The World by David C. Moore.

For some people, retirement dreams consist of comfy slippers and gardening. Not so David and his wife Helene, whose dream was of adventure.

You can contact David, and read all about his great retirement travel adventure, on his own website www.davidcmoore-author.com

And you can find out much more about the author and his wife Helene, and their experiences travelling around the world, in this Q&A interview article with our Literary Editor Andrew.

Book of the Month SEptember 2018 winners:
ESW, Kay9, Sararose, GypstWanderer and CCH

ESW also won the star prize of a signed print by Tim Bulmer, the humorous artist who designed the book cover for David.

Andrew's Book of the Month - August 2018

Flight Before Dawn by Megan Easley-WalshThis month the Silver Travel Book Club is reading Flight Before Dawn by Megan Easley-Walsh.

Set in Normandy, the book vividly captures the constant fear and mistrust of life in the Resistance, in the midst of a community torn asunder by the German occupation. 

You can contact Megan, and read all about her other books, on her own website www.meganeasleywalsh.com.

Book of the Month August 2018 winners:
BigDreamer and Happy-Traveller_3

Andrew's Book of the Month - July 2018

The Damascus Cover by Howard KaplanThis month the Silver Travel Book Club is reading The Damascus Cover by Howard Kaplan.

Set in Cyprus, Damascus and Jerusalem, it is a riveting spy thriller played out in the complex Middle East theatre and written by someone who knows this area and milieu well.

O
riginally written in 1977, the author has republished the book recently to coincide with the release of a major new film, starring John Hurt in his last role. A trailer for the movie is on the author’s own website.

Book of the Month July 2018 winners:
Sologirl and NedtheRed


Andrew's Book of the Month - June 2018

Roam Alone: Inspiring tales by reluctant solo travellersThis month the Silver Travel Book Club is reading Roam Alone: Inspiring tales by reluctant solo travellers edited by Phoebe Smith from Bradt Travel Guides.

It has been chosen to tie in with this month’s holiday prize of a trip to Santorini with ClubSolos from Solos Holidays.

Book of the Month JUne 2018 winners:
Cruzeroqueen1 and shellee1




Andrew's Book of the Month - May 2018

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann ShafferThis month the Silver Travel Book Club is reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer.

It has been chosen to coincide with the release of a
major film adaptation of the book, and also with a generous holiday prize of a trip to this beautiful Channel Island with GuernseyTravel.com.

So read the book with the Silver Travel Book Club, go and see the film and – if you can – travel to Guernsey to visit some of the locations described in the book.

Book of the Month May 2018 winners:
PaulineTurner and Jackie99


Andrew's Book of the Month - April 2018

A Mountain of Crumbs by Elena GorokhovaThis month the Silver Travel Book Club is reading A Mountain of Crumbs: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain by Elena Gorokhova, with no apologies for its relevance today, given recent shenanigans in genteel Salisbury.

A Mountain of Crumbs is the moving story of a young Soviet girl's discovery of the hidden truths of adulthood and her country's profound political deception.

Book of the Month April 2018 winners:
marietravel and DRSask



Andrew's Book of the Month - March 2018

Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile MeloyThis month the Silver Travel Book Club is reading Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy, to tie in with launching this year’s prestigious Silver Travel Awards, for which the prize for voting will be a Saga cruise to festive Hamburg with Silver Travel partner Saga cruises.

When Liv and Nora decide to take their husbands and children on a holiday cruise, everyone is thrilled. The ship’s comforts and possibilities seem infinite. But when they all go ashore in beautiful Central America, a series of minor mishaps lead the families further from the ship’s safety.

Thanks to the generosity of publishers Penguin Random House, there are three winners this month, rather than the usual two.

Book of the Month March 2018 winners:
SA-Takkies, Sararose and Sue_95


Andrew's Book of the Month - February 2018

As I Walked out One Midsummer Morning by Laurie LeeThis month the Silver Travel Book Club is reading As I Walked out One Midsummer Morning by Laurie Lee, to tie in with Jennie’s February holiday prize of a 3-day break with Silver Travel partner HF Holidays.

In 1934, aged just 19, Laurie Lee walked out of his family home in rural Gloucestershire, carrying a rolled-up tent, a violin in a blanket, a tin of treacle biscuits and some cheese. For the next 2 years, he walked. To the south coast of England, to London and then the length of Spain, from Vigo in the north-west to Andalucia – and briefly across to Gibraltar – in the extreme south.

Book of the Month February 2018 winners:
Lottie and NedtheRed

Andrew's Book of the Month - January 2018

Road to Rouen by Ben HatchThis month the Silver Travel Book Club is reading Road to Rouen by Ben Hatch, to tie in with Jennie’s January holiday prize of a week with Silver Travel partner Eurocamp.

Ben Hatch is on the road again. Commissioned to write a guidebook about France (despite not speaking any French) he sets off with visions of relaxing chateaux and refined dining. Ten thousand miles later his family has been attacked by a donkey, had a run-in with a death-cult and, after a near drowning and a calamitous wedding experience involving a British spy, his own marriage is in jeopardy.

Book of the Month January 2018 winners:
GBG and SilverMarie


Andrew's Book of the Month - December 2017

Skipping Christmas by John GrishamThis festive month the Silver Travel Book Club is reading Skipping Christmas by John Grisham. Yes, the same John Grisham who usually writes fast-paced novels with a legal twist.

Imagine a year without Christmas. No crowded shopping centres, no cheesy office parties, no crackers, no unwanted presents. That’s just what Luther and Nora Krank have in mind when they decide that, just this once, they’ll skip the holiday altogether. Theirs will be the only house on Hemlock Street without a Santa on the roof, they won’t be hosting their annual Christmas Eve party, they aren’t even going to have a Christmas tree.

A classic morality tale for modern times, Skipping Christmas offers a hilarious look at the chaos and frenzy that have become part of our holiday tradition.

Book of the Month December 2017 winners:
FKarbal and Solent_Richard


Andrew's Book of the Month - November 2017

A Year in the Woods: The Diary of a Forest Ranger by Colin ElfordThis month Andrew is reading A Year in the Woods: The Diary of a Forest Ranger by Colin Elford and you could win a copy too.

Colin Elford spends his days alone - alone but for the deer, the squirrels, the rabbits, the birds, and the many other creatures inhabiting the woods. From the crisp cold of January, through the promise of spring and the heat of summer, and then into damp autumn and the chill winds of winter, we accompany the forest ranger as he goes about his work - stalking in the early morning darkness, putting an injured fallow buck out of its misery, watching stoats kill a hare, observing owls, and simply being a part of the outdoors.

Book of the Month November 2017 winners:
Susmal and Kelpie


Andrew’s Book of the Month - October 2017

One Summer in Paris by Nicky PellegrinoThis month Andrew is reading One Summer in Venice by Nicky Pellegrino.

Addolorata Martinelli knows she should be happy. She has everything she thought she wanted – her own business, a husband, a child. So why does she feel as if something is missing? Then when her restaurant, Little Italy, is slated by a reviewer, she realises that she’s lost the one thing she thought she could always count on, her love of food.

So Addolorata heads to Venice for a summer alone, aiming to find the ten things that make her happy.

Book of the Month October 2017 winners:
Paulinet and Carol Anne Thurley


Andrew's Book of the Month - September 2017

Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom WolfeThis month Andrew is reading Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe.

This classic novel of 1980s excess introduces us to Sherman McCoy, a 'Master of the Universe' Wall Street bond trader. But Sherman's extravagant Manhattan lifestyle is under threat after he takes a wrong turn into the notorious Bronx district, driving from JFK airport with his mistress.

This was Tom Wolfe's debut novel and transports us to the glamorous heights and the sleazy depths of New York City through a perceptive narrative and vivid characterisations.

Book of the Month September 2017 winners:
Silvertravellerfan and Jo Carroll

Andrew's Book of the Month - August 2017

The Rome Affair by Karen SwanThis month Andrew is reading The Rome Affair by Karen Swan, a book which brings the glamorous capital city of Italy to life, and sounds like the perfect summer novel to take on your travels.

1974 and Elena Damiani lives a gilded life. Born to wealth and a noted beauty, no door is closed to her, no man can resist her. At twenty-six, she is already onto her third husband when she meets her love match. But he is the one man she can never have, and all the beauty and money in the world can't change it.

Book of the Month August 2017 winners:
Silvertravellerfan, LH and Manja

Andrew's Book of the Month - July 2017

The Talented Mr RipleyThis month Andrew is reading The Talented Mr. Ripley.

Written by Patricia Highsmith in 1955, this is a stylish psychological thriller and the author's first outing for Tom Ripley. Four more followed and the series has collectively become known as the Ripliad. But the original remains the best known, partly no doubt because of the hugely successful 1999 film adaptation, starring Matt Damon, Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Tom Ripley is a low-life chancer, languishing in New York, until offered an attractive proposition by wealthy shipping magnate Herbert Greenleaf; go to Italy and retrieve errant son Dickie from his hedonistic lifestyle, and persuade him to return to the US to join the family business. Tom ingratiates himself into Dickie's entourage and is soon enjoying the luxurious life too. Reluctant to return to his own sad life, how far will Tom go to ensure he lives as self-indulgent an existence as Dickie?

Book of the Month July 2017 winners:
Grey-Wolf and Applegroupie

Andrew's Book of the Month - June 2017

Into the Water by Paula HawkinsThis month Andrew is reading Into the Water by Paula Hawkins, the much anticipated follow up to her 2015 blockbuster debut The Girl on the Train.

Based in the imaginary town of Beckford, in rural Northumberland, Paula describes her new novel as “a psychological suspense novel centred on the fractured relationship between two sisters, Nel and Jules. When Nel dies unexpectedly, Jules finds herself trying to figure out not just what has happened to her elder sister, but what has happened between the two of them to leave them so estranged. This is a book of many mysteries. It is about searching for answers, for meaning.”

Into The Water is a very different read to the Silver Travel Book Club’s first Book of the Month – Rosanna Ley’s The Little Theatre by the Sea – in terms of genre, complexity and location!

Book of the Month June 2017 winners:
Sally Hill and Denise Bridge

Andrew's Book of the Month for May 2017

Rosanna Ley - The Little Theatre by the SeaIn May, Andrew was reading Rosanna Ley's latest novel The Little Theatre by the Sea. The author whisks you off to sunny Sardinia, with an enchanting tale of intrigue and romance, whilst immersed in local food, wine and culture. And travelling with Silver Travel Advisor partner Sardatur Holidays, Andrew is planning to visit sunny Sardinia to follow in the footsteps of Rosanna's principal character, interior designer Faye.  

He will visit the real town that becomes fictional Deriu in the novel, the location of the mystery-laden Little Theatre by the Sea. He'll visit the walled Catalan city of Alghero, which Faye explores with her father on a road-trip while they both mark time at important times in their lives. And he'll force himself to try some of the Sardinian food and wine that Faye enjoys whilst working on the historic theatre.

Read all about Andrew’s trip to Sardinia in search of Faye.

Book of the Month May 2017 winners:
Sally Dowling and Mags Addison


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  • Teens
    about 1 month ago
    Borderlands by L J Ross (November 2019 book club choice)

    This is no 14 in the DCI Ryan series and as always there is a good storyline with DCI Ryan and his team at the heart. It can be read as a stand alone. This novel is vividly set in the heart of North Northumberland around Otterburn and several strands come together to produce a satisfying read. Enjoy!
  • you
    2 months ago
    I read , & read, & read, mostly during the midnight hours as I do not sleep too well......But, I do not read fiction books, I like to collect factual , useless information as my husband will tell you.....
  • Ozdevon
    6 months ago
    I lived in Australia in the 60's & it was the first time I travelled interstate, at the age of 11. OK I only crossed the border for the day but that was it. I have been travelling ever since!
  • you
    6 months ago
    making up now for lost travel time over the past 50 years......a lot to see and do
  • LH
    6 months ago
    Back in the 1960's we did not travel abroad, but I spent my young life below the age of 5 happily playing sandcastles on the beach at Great Yarmouth and watching the mighty ocean.
  • xxxxxx
    6 months ago
    We saw WWII tanks in France. That was very interesting. But the Provence is famous for sunny weather and delicious food! :)
  • spitfire
    7 months ago
    all these choices seem to be very interesting
  • Sararose
    9 months ago
    I was brought up in Malvern in Worcestershire and spent many happy hours exploring the beautiful Malvern hills. I moved "up north" when I was 20 although I often visited as my sisters still live there and we always went for long walks introducing our children and grandchildren to the joys of rambling.

    I am a member of the U3A and persuaded their walking group that walking the length of the Malverns was a brilliant idea and plans were made to travel there by coach, followed by a long walk and a meal in a local pub, I had had a hip replacement earlier in the year but was determined to undertake the walk myself. I was so proud when i succeeded and , in fact, walked further than I had for years,
  • Ozdevon
    10 months ago
    My first steps (a number of years ago!) were on a beach in Queensland. Ever since that time I have loved walking short, medium or long distances along the shoreline watching nature unfold and changing weather patterns.
  • liz.jones58
    about 1 year ago
    Travel the ideal occupation between retirment and senility
  • Helen10
    about 1 year ago
    Travel Fiction is a great idea. I love to read about where I’m visiting. I tend to do this beforehand to “get a flavour” of the place, during my holiday and then on return to hold onto my memories.
  • joy_13
    over 1 year ago
    All these books seem so interesting
  • Rozina
    over 1 year ago
    I want just to say that the small things in life are often more important than the. If things. When visiting Santorini be sure in the evening to go north to Oia to see the sunset.

    I also think Heaven can be much nearer home. Try Alderney in the Channel Isles of England for sweeping crescent shaped bays and Puffins.
  • Dahlia
    over 1 year ago
    We went to Bristol for the first time on the weekend bank holiday in May. We had a great time. We went to the children play waterfront around town. We had to wait and get in a boat to cross the river Avon and wait at a different place for another boat to go to town...the centre where our car was parked. We had a lovely family time ..lots of ice cream and sun.
  • wallers
    about 2 years ago
    We went to Venice a few years ago & were standing on the dock when we got chatting to a handsome guy. He said Come over with me in my private water taxi & I will give you a drink in the Cipriani Hotel. We loved every minute of it & have always wanted to go back to Venice.
  • AndrewMorris
    over 2 years ago
    @wallers - thanks so much for the enthusiastic comment and welcome to the Silver Travel Book Club!

    Our first book was Rosanna Ley's "The Little Theatre by the Sea", based in Sardinia. I have just got back from there, following in the footsteps of the author, her characters and locations. Read about my adventures #OnLiteraryLocation here: https://www.silvertraveladvisor.com/forums/travel-places/5823-silver-travel-book-club

    Our current book is "Into the Water" by Paula Hawkins, based in rural Northumberland. If you haven't already found it, there is a separate Forum thread here, where the best two entries talking about their own Northumbrian adventures and memories: https://www.silvertraveladvisor.com/forums/travel-places/5903-silver-travel-book-club-book-of-the-month-june-2017

    Good luck and enjoy!

    Andrew
  • wallers
    over 2 years ago
    What a fabulous idea. I have joined immediately!
  • DRSask
    over 2 years ago
    No, we didn't get to Dunstanburgh Castle but there is always next time! We did get to Paxton House though and the Union Chain Bridge and Chain Bridge Honey Farm which are both worth a visit.
  • AndrewMorris
    over 2 years ago
    Thanks @DRSask for your thoughtful comments on Northumberland. Did you find Dunstanburgh Castle too? The walk to its romantic ruins, south of Bamburgh and then on to the beautiful fishing port of Craster for a pub lunch (their famous smoked kippers, or something else fishy), is another magical way to spend a few hours on the Northumberland coast.

    There is now a separate forum thread for the June Book of the Month - Into the Water by Paula Hawkins - here, by the way: https://www.silvertraveladvisor.com/forums/travel-places/5903-silver-travel-book-club-book-of-the-month-june-2017

    And don't forget to check out http://www.tripfiction.com/ for books firmly located in the places you have already visited...or why not before you travel, and during your trip?

    Happy reading, and happy travelling!

    Andrew
  • DRSask
    over 2 years ago
    I just returned from a week in Northumberland with family and we thoroughly enjoyed exploring an area none of us had been to before. We stayed in a cottage not far from Berwick-upon-Tweed - a great rail link for our day trips to Edinburgh and Newcastle. The weather was dry though often windy, especially on the coast. It was too windy the day we went to Seahouses to take a trip to the Farne Islands so we ended up at Bamburgh Castle and it was wonderful. There was an exhibit of Peter Phillips' paintings, many of them of the castle, and we all bought prints - delightful reminders of the stunning scenery. Another day we spent walking on Lindisfarne Island - again amazing scenery of the coast. We walked on average just over 8 miles/day. Everywhere we went the people were friendly and welcoming. It is definitely an area we will return to on future trips. I enjoy reading about places I have visited so I can visualize where the characters are.
  • SilverMarie
    over 2 years ago
    Thank you, Riverside Rouge - I will keep my eyes peeled! Andrew - I will check out TF. What a great way to plan for a trip. It beats packing!! My son will be doing a couple of months with a Chinese owned logistics firm. Can't wait, but has to pass his finals first... :)
  • AndrewMorris
    over 2 years ago
    Hello Silver Travel Book Clubbers

    I’m off to Sardinia in June, to follow in the footsteps of Rosanna Ley’s character Faye from The Little Theatre by the Sea, the first Silver Travel Book club of the month.

    Thanks to Silver Travel partner Sardatur Holidays, I’ll be staying on the west coast of this beautiful island and close to unspoiled Bosa, the town that was the inspiration for Rosanna’s fictional village of Deriu. It’s here where Faye helps with the restoration of the village’s old theatre, and uncovers secrets from the past that nobody could have foreseen.

    I will try to bring some of Faye’s story to life for you, meeting some of the people from this pastel-coloured village on the river Temo, immersing myself in the area’s history culture, food and wine, just as Faye did.

    Join me on this literary journey….the essence of TripFiction http://www.tripfiction.com/

    Andrew
  • AndrewMorris
    over 2 years ago
    @SilverMarie - TripFiction.com is the place to go for books to transport you to UK & Singapore ahead of your trip. Just sign up and search the TF database for books to help you see those exotic locations through an author's eyes.

    Other Silver Travellers are probably better qualified to give ideas on art & poetry etc., but I'll put my creative thinking cap on too.

    What a great trip to look forward to this summer. What is your son doing in HK?

    Andrew
  • Riversiderouge
    over 2 years ago
    Well Silvermarie, I have no knowledge of Hong Kong, other than the experiences of my late brother who spent the biggest part of his national service in Hong Kong with the Royal Artillery. History tells us that his job was to repel refugees and asylum seekers from crossing from mainland China. From what he told me though, he seemed to spend most of his time entertaining the native female population!

    I'm not at all sure that this is any use to you in understanding the place better, but if you come across a local with european features, say hello from their Uncle Riversiderouge!!!!
  • SilverMarie
    over 2 years ago
    Hello all! I am heading to Hong Kong and Singapore this summer to travel a little with my son who will be finishing up an internship in Hong Kong. I have no connections with the area and only a limited knowledge of the history, so would like to get up to speed with the culture but not in a dry way - it would be fantastic to get Silver Traveller recommendations of books, art, poetry or whatever you feel will give me a sense of the place. Thank you in advance!