Silver Travel Book Club - December 2019

Andrew's Book of the Month

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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.

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

Jane Eyre ranks as one of the greatest and most perennially popular works of English fiction. Although the poor but plucky heroine is outwardly of plain appearance, she possesses an indomitable spirit, a sharp wit and great courage.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte BrontëShe is forced to battle against the exigencies of a cruel guardian, a harsh employer and a rigid social order. All of which circumscribe her life and position when she becomes governess to the daughter of the mysterious, sardonic and attractive Mr Rochester.

However, there is great kindness and warmth in this epic love story, which is set against the magnificent backdrop of the Yorkshire moors. Ultimately the grand passion of Jane and Rochester is called upon to survive cruel revelation, loss and reunion, only to be confronted with tragedy.

HF Holidays – Book Club Weekends

Literary-based weekends perfect for dedicated bookworms!

The HF Book Club is a great way to holiday with like-minded book lovers to discuss your favourite works or discover something new in a relaxed and informal setting. Related guided sightseeing visits to key attractions are included. These holidays are perfect for solo travellers or you could come along with your book club.

HF Holidays Book ClubThe first HF Book Club Weekend – the Brontë Weekend – will be held in Yorkshire from 31 January to 3 February 2020, and is now fully booked. Silver Travel Advisor’s Literary Editor Andrew will be at this fun and stimulating literary break, where one of HF’s Leaders will be Lizzie Enfield. Lizzie is a journalist, literary commentator and author of four published novels, and is currently working on a re-imagined contemporary version of Jane Eyre. Look for a Silver Travel Book Club Q&A interview article with Lizzie in December. 

Read an interview with Lizzie Enfield.

HF BOOK CLUB - Jane Austen Weekend in the South Downs

Dates and pricing:
25 - 28 Sep 2020 3 nights Was £385pp Now £285pp Save £100pp

Holiday highlights

  • Immerse yourself in Austen's world
  • Discuss your favourite works with fellow enthusiasts
  • Visit Jane Austen's House Museum
  • Try your hand at Regency dancing

What's included

  • High-quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our country house
  • Knowledgeable HF Holidays Leaders, to ensure you get the most from your holiday

More details

North York Moors
Yorkshire Dales
South Downs

How to win a copy of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Simply add a comment at the end of this page to tell us which is your favourite part of Yorkshire and why. The best comment will win a copy of this classic English novel.

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  • egrow
    over 1 year ago
    I love Harrogate. Beautiful place. Lovely shops and restaurants. Also Harlow Carr an RHS garden which is spectacular.
  • Leah50
    over 1 year ago
    Whitby, a magical place.
  • Epicurious
    over 1 year ago
    I love North Yorkshire, I stayed with some nuns at Stanbrook Abbey a new Eco monastery in a place called Wass near Thirsk. Wild untamed Yorkshire Moors and Gregorian chants---sublime.
  • clicker2
    over 1 year ago
    I love the charm of Withernsea, it’s like stepping back into the fifties
  • Giggles04
    over 1 year ago
    Holmfirth, because it is beautiful, and reminds me of the mishaps and antics of “Last of the Summer Wine”.
  • DRSask
    over 1 year ago
    It is so difficult to choose a favourite part of Yorkshire as it is all a favourite as a whole! I revisit York over and over and love it however, if I had to pick a favourite it would have to be Harrogate. It has so much to offer, not the least is the original Betty's Tea Room, and it is a great base for visiting the area such as Knaresborough, Mother Shipton's Cave, Ripley Castle, Ripon with its lovely cathedral, Fountains Abbey and Studley Water Gardens. Even without a vehicle it is very easy to get around on the local bus.
  • charlotte57
    over 1 year ago
    I would love to go to Scarborough I went over 50 years ago but now I would look at the area with new eyes and appreciation.
  • woodlet
    over 1 year ago
    Flamborough Head, fabulous place
  • TessP
    over 1 year ago
    Scarborough - AKA Scar-bados! Lots to see and do, and I loved reading about the history of the grand hotels in the early 1900s.
  • Debl
    over 1 year ago
    I am from Yorkshire myself and Whitby is my favourite place, I love the moody abbey at the top of the cliffs overlooking the harbour (but dont enjoy the steps!)
  • Christinawad
    over 1 year ago
    My favourite part of Yorkshire is Wakefield because my brother lives there.
  • MiriamSmith
    over 1 year ago
    Scarborough for memories of taking our children on holiday, though the whole of Yorkshire is truly beautiful!
  • Su
    over 1 year ago
    York is such a beautiful city. So many individual shops to look around.
    We had our honeymoon in Yorkshire nearly 40 yrs ago, so it has a special place in our hearts!
  • JudyP
    over 1 year ago
    Harrogate is a wonderful base for a visit. Loads to see and eating at Betty's. Also the wildness of moors dropping into Lion Inn at Blakey ridge for a bite to eat. Whitby and its history ! What more is there to say ....marvellous.
  • suzieo1
    over 1 year ago
    Beverley is my favourite place as I have roots back there
  • Oggy
    over 1 year ago
    My favourite part of Yorkshire is Scarborough, as I spent a very happy family holiday there as a child. Two years ago as a birthday treat my son and his family took me on a steam train ride to Scarborough and it was such a beautiful sunny day. We sat and had fish and chips overlooking the beautiful beach - such stunning views. Many happy memories came flooding back. There are many other places in Yorkshire I love and I can understand how the Brontes wrote such beautiful books which have stood the test of time and will continue to do so. Yorkshire people are incredibly friendly.
  • SilverTravelEditor
    over 1 year ago
    We traversed a decent chunk of Yorkshire a few years ago, whilst walking 'Coast to Coast' to mark my wife Gill's big birthday. Dropping down from the harsh Pennines into the softer Yorkshire Dales, then the flatter Vale of York, the bleak beauty of the North York Moors and the coastline down towards Robin Hood's Bay, the whole of 'God's Own County' has its attractions.
    But if I were forced to choose a favourite part of Yorkshire, it would have to be the Dales. We had an idyllic few days there, some years after the C2C walk, bathed in May sunshine and exploring Aysgarth, Middleham and Leyburn. Heavenly.
  • Anne_49
    over 1 year ago
    Beverly - a lovely town with a great atmosphere and its beautiful minster.
  • Sararose
    over 1 year ago
    I think Bolton Abbey is a magical place. When I first visited Bolton Priory it was decorated for a wedding and was so beautiful. - what a place for a marriage to be celebrated. There are a number of magnificent walks alongside the River Wharfe and through the woodlands. I particularly loved the 60 stepping stones which cross the water, The park is massive with 80 miles of footpaths and a beach area where the water is shallow enough for children to paddle safely. I really must revisit soon.
  • angie95
    over 1 year ago
    The Yorkshire Moors are beautiful and yet, can be cruel, The Brontes made their books come alive, with their discriptive writing. I fell in love with Heathcliff, and longed to live on the Moors,. Now in my 50s I still long for the Yorkshire Moors
  • LABath
    over 1 year ago
    I love the Dales but I think it's really the people that make Yorkshire so special. So friendly and down to earth.
  • Helloitsme
    over 1 year ago
    Love to walk the dales stunning views I love all that period drama could read or watch it all day if thought meet mr darcey go tomorrow
  • LH
    over 1 year ago
    Walking the Pennine Way above Haworth by the moorland setting of Bronte novels
  • jillandio
    over 1 year ago
    Walking The Pennine Way. A trip to Stoodley Pike is a must ... fabulous views. Hebden Bridge is a picturesque town and further along the road is Todmorden, a lovely little market town with a beautiful park.
  • ESW
    over 1 year ago
    Yorkshire is the biggest and the best of the English Counties. It has so much to offer from Dracula's Whitby to the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway maded famous by the iconic film of the Railway Children.

    Charlotte Bronte and her novels are synonymous with the wilder side of Yorkshire , so aptly summed up in her poem "Speak of the North"

    SPEAK of the North! A lonely moor
    Silent and dark and trackless swells,
    The waves of some wild streamlet pour
    Hurriedly through its ferny dells.

    Profoundly still the twilight air, 5
    Lifeless the landscape; so we deem,
    Till like a phantom gliding near
    A stag bends down to drink the stream.

    And far away a mountain zone,
    A cold, white waste of snow-drifts lies,
    And one star, large and soft and lone,
    Silently lights the unclouded skies.

    I first read Jane Eyre in my teens and it is still one of those all time great favourites which repays rereading many times...