Silver Travel Book Club - November 2019

Andrew's Book of the Month

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Silver Travel Book ClubHF HolidaysEach 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 Borderlands by LJ Ross.

When the gods made man, they made a weapon...

Borderlands by LJ RossAfter uncovering a fresh wave of corruption within the ranks of Northumbria CID, Detective Chief Inspector Ryan was looking forward to an uneventful summer. But, when a young woman is shot dead on the remote army ranges of the Northumberland National Park, Ryan is called in to investigate.

Meanwhile, violent crimes are being committed across sites of historic importance in the North East, the perpetrator leaving only a graffitied symbol as their calling card. As the body count rises, Ryan and his team must unravel the mystery behind its meaning – before it's too late...

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.

HF Holidays – Book Club Weekends

Literary-based weekends perfect for dedicated bookworms!

HF Holidays Book ClubThe 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.

Current HF Book Club Weekends include a Jane Austen Weekend in the South Downs, a Brontë Weekend in the Southern Yorkshire Dales, and a Tales from the Farm & Country Weekend in the Northern Lake District.

2020 departures and pricing

  • Jane Austen – 25 September 2020 – 3 nights from £285 pp
  • Brontë – 31 January 2020 – 3 nights from £175 pp
  • Farm & Country – 6 November 2020 – 3 nights from £249 pp

More details

The HF Book Club Weekends take place in magnificent country houses in Sussex, the Lake District and Yorkshire. HF Holidays have 18 country houses dotted around the UK, including Nether Grange in Alnmouth, Northumberland, the beautiful county where LJ Ross has set Borderlands. Find out more about this converted 18th century granary here, and about the wide range of holidays offered by HF in Northumberland here.

Simonside Hills, Alnmouth
St Cuthberts Way, Northumberland
Nether Grange, Alnmouth

How to win a copy of Borderlands by LJ Ross

Simply add a comment at the end of this page to tell us which is your favourite part of Northumberland and why. The best comment will win a copy of this fabulous book in the author’s exciting and successful DCI Ryan series.

Read more about all of our Silver Travel Book Club books.

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  • iwent
    over 1 year ago
    But if you want to know which their comments were, you'll have to ask somebody else. @Andrew Morris , I thought Silver Towers had agreed previously that we should be allowed to know who the winners are so that we can see their entries?
  • iwent
    over 1 year ago
    For anyone who's like to know who won the books for November,

    Book of the Month November 2019 winners:
    No1tealady and GeminiJen
  • ESW
    over 1 year ago
    We were self catering in the North Tyne Valley one Christmas many years ago. Holidays in those days were always walking and we covered miles and miles along forest roads and the wilder parts of Northumberland.

    We found out that the Otterburn Ranges were open to walkers over Christmas (the army was on holiday so there was no live firing) we decided to spend a day walking up towards the Scottish border.

    It was a bitterly cold morning with temperatures well below zero. We sat in the car to put on our boots. My feet got so cold that it took about an hour’s hard walking before they warmed up. The sun came out and it turned into a beautiful sunny winter’s day. There was no wind and by lunch time we were down to shirt sleeves. It was a wonderful walk through bare rolling countryside with a few shot up tanks reminding us the area is still used by the military. We walked as far as the Roman army camps at Chew Green and didn’t see a soul apart from a few sheep and curlews calling overhead. It was a day to remember.
  • Fabuloushornet
    over 1 year ago
    I live in Northumberland in a village called Hadston near Amble by the Sea.This area is close to Warkworth castle ,Alnwick castle ,the coast here from Amble up last Holy Island is rich in castles ,history and beautiful countryside.I am blessed to live in such a magnificent area.
  • SilverTravelEditor
    over 1 year ago
    I'm pleased to report that LJ Ross, author of 'Borderlands' - this month's Silver Travel Book Club read - has joined in a Q&A session to talk about the book, its vivid Northumberland setting (where Louise lives), her famous lead character DCI Ryan, and her stellar writing career. Read on to find out more....

    And please keep those favourite Northumbrian memories and images coming to win a copy of 'Borderlands'.
  • SilverTravelEditor
    over 1 year ago
    Thanks for all the brilliant comments and memories about Northumberland, where 'Borderlands' - this month's Silver Travel Book Club book by author LJ Ross - is so firmly set. It's remarkable how many of you know this glorious county, and how many iconic places it has to visit and explore.

    DRSask - Barter Books in Alnwick has to be one of the best book shops in the world, doesn't it!

    So many of you have said how much you love Bamburgh Castle, but I think I prefer the magical moodiness of Dunstanburgh Castle, whose ruins poke through the frequent mist a few miles south of Bamburgh.

    And thanks LynetteH for all your wonderful Northumbrian memories. The shepherds hut at Haltwhistle sounds very special. But if only I'd known about your Cart Bog Inn tip last week, when I was on location in the county, following in the footsteps of the author and her characters:

    Keep those favourite Northumbrian images coming. and also look out for a Q&A interview with 'Borderlands' author and Northumberland resident Louise Ross.
  • barney
    over 1 year ago
    I love Bamburgh. The Castle looks magnificent and always looks stunning whatever the weather and the beaches around that area are clean and very inspiring. I always feel so much better when we have got my fix of beauty and clean air, it has that affect on your senses.
  • LynetteH
    over 1 year ago
    Hmm! It would be very difficult to chose as we have two favourite locations so far to visit in Northumberland. The first I'd Haltwhistle and the surrounding area. We stayed in a Sheppards Hut that was such a beautiful place to be. We had pheasant, grouse and other birds visiting our hut eatery morning and eve. The views and walks were fantastic - whether we went along Hafrians wall or traversed the various countryside walks. Food was fantastic - can't wait to revisit the friendly inns with fab menus such as the Cart Bog Inn where we crowed down on their famous Bog Pie. Also within real oh the Dark Skies Park. A bit of heaven.
    Further north and nearer the coast are The villages of Ford and Etal. These areas are overflowing with great places to eat. Easy drive to Linisfarne and Bamberg. Or just walk the paths through the nearby countryside for some wonderfully peaceful countryside.
    How do I chose my favourite location. I don't. I just go back to explore more areas and build more beautiful memories.
  • DRSask
    over 1 year ago
    There are so many wonderful places in Northumberland from Alnwick Gardens and the wonderful Barter Books in town to Lindisfarne Island to following the Lowry Trail in Berwick Upon Tweed. However, I think my favourite has to be Bamburgh and Bamburgh Castle, the Castle of Kings. The views of and from the castle are stunning and the walk along the beach is exhilarating. There are also great restaurants - we had a lovely meal at the Victoria Hotel Bar and Brasserie.
  • SilverTravelEditor
    over 1 year ago
    Just back from a literary road trip to beautiful Northumberland, spending a few days in the footsteps of 'Borderlands' characters and locations. I had almost forgotten what treasures this county offers up to its visitors. Look out for a separate feature on the Silver Travel Advisor website.

    I also visited Alnmouth for the first time, where new Book Club sponsor HF Holidays has its Nether Grange Country House, overlooking a golf course and the sea in this picturesque harbour town, and from where you can enjoy many Northumbrian highlights and activity holidays:
  • philatel
    over 1 year ago
    I love it all - probably because I was born there! Holy Island is probably one of the nicest places to visit.
  • Rowsie
    over 1 year ago
    By far the best part of Northumberland is the people who live there. Everyone that I have ever met there has been so warm and friendly and they make any stay there memorable .
  • Elgee
    over 1 year ago
    Holy Island of course, despite L J Ross making it terrifying !!!!
  • Sararose
    over 1 year ago
    I have been to Northumberland several times, always in the wind and rain as I recall! When my boys were little we camped in Seahouses and explored the coast down to Alnmouth and up to Berwick upon Tweed. Our main memories are of sand being blown into our eyes!
    More recently my husband and I stayed in Alnmouth on an HF holiday. It was in late winter and was with a group of seasoned walkers from the U3A. I was not really a seasoned walker so chose to go on a shortened walk and we trudged up the coast in the wind and the snow. i recall we were on a beach quite near Bamburgh when a friend and I just had to spend a penny! So dressed in layer upon layer of thermals we dropped down behind a couple of convenient rocks ! It was so cold it took ages to get dressed again!
    Despite that my favourite place is Bamburgh - I have visited the magnificent castle several times and hope to go again before too long.

  • Marpau
    over 1 year ago
    Budle bay has to be the prettiest in Northumberland
  • Jinglejeff
    over 1 year ago
    St Abbs , so tranquil.
  • Leah50
    over 1 year ago
    Holy Island gives me goose bumps, the history & isolation of this beautiful place never ceases to move me.
  • Patriciamichael
    over 1 year ago
    Sounds like a good read
  • seashelly
    over 1 year ago
    I liked Holy Island - so exciting to go across the tidal road and to know I could soon be cut off.
  • SilverTravelEditor
    over 1 year ago
    Some great comments here from Book Club members...Northumberland has obviously inspired many Silver Travellers.

    Your intrepid Literary Editor is hoping to follow in the footsteps of author LJ Ross and 'Borderlands' character DCI Ryan next week, stalking them around the Otterburn Ranges, where a horrible crime takes place at the start of this gripping novel, and then to the communities of Elsdon, Wooler and Harbottle as the investigation unfolds.

    Keep those favourite Northumbrian memories coming to win a copy of 'Borderlands', and find out if DCI Ryan solves the mystery....
  • ChristineT
    over 1 year ago
    The Alnwick Garden - beautiful and great to visit at any time of the year. Loved the Treehouse!
  • LizCraw5
    over 1 year ago
    i love Holy Island, when we lived in Eyemouth it was the go to place for playgroup and school picnics. i also love the mead
  • SilverTravelUser_3824
    over 1 year ago
    Really enjoyed walking St Cuthbert's Way earlier this year and thought Holy Island was amazing - enjoyed walking the mud flats at Lindisfarne and the whole experience
  • Hunter
    over 1 year ago
    My favourite part of Northumberland, is of course Haltwhistle, where I was born and lived until I was a teenager before moving down to Sussex. I lived within a 'stone's throw' of Hadrians Wall. A happy, free childhood. Lindisfarne, Bamburgh Castle - just a few of the wonderful places close by!
  • gardenbirds
    over 1 year ago
    I like Holy Island because crossing the sea on the causeway has always amazed me and slightly scared me. I also think it is a beautiful place stunning in any weather.