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.

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

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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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  • Rowsie
    about 4 hours 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
    1 day ago
    Holy Island of course, despite L J Ross making it terrifying !!!!
  • Sararose
    2 days 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
    3 days ago
    Budle bay has to be the prettiest in Northumberland
  • Jinglejeff
    3 days ago
    St Abbs , so tranquil.
  • Leah50
    5 days ago
    Holy Island gives me goose bumps, the history & isolation of this beautiful place never ceases to move me.
  • Patriciamichael
    5 days ago
    Sounds like a good read
  • seashelly
    5 days ago
    I liked Holy Island - so exciting to go across the tidal road and to know I could soon be cut off.
  • SilverTravelEditor
    5 days 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
    6 days ago
    The Alnwick Garden - beautiful and great to visit at any time of the year. Loved the Treehouse!
  • LizCraw5
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    7 days 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.
  • AndrewMorris
    8 days ago
    The working fishing port of Craster is a very special part of the Northumberland coastline. Stroll north to the moody, mysterious, silhouetted remains of Dunstanburgh Castle before heading back for a well deserved lunch at the cosy pub The Jolly Fisherman in Craster village. I defy you to find a better crab sandwich anywhere in the world!
  • lionpops
    8 days ago
    It has to be Bamburgh . It’s location makes it an ideal place to walk the miles of stunning beaches. The windswept location ensures that the less hardy look elsewhere for their walks leaving us to wrap up warm and wander in wondrous isolation. With Lindisfarne a short drive away you can explore this holiest of islands following in the footsteps of St Patrick. Beware! You need to depart before the tide turns or you will be staying overnight.
  • GeminiJen
    9 days ago
    My daughter and grandsons live in North Yorkshire while I live in Scotland. This means that Northumberland has proved a popular spot for us to meet up for occasional holidays together. We're particularly fond of the coast around Alnmouth. The beaches are a hit with the boys of course, while a visit to Alnwick Castle is a must, especially for the Harry Potter themed events. Bamburgh Castle is another favourite, along with trips farther afield to Lindisfarne and the Farne islands for the birdlife and seals.
    I've also been on several HF walking holidays and Nether Grange in Alnmouth is one of my favourite HF houses: great location, welcoming and hospitable, and possible to travel there using public transport. What's not to like?
  • ESW
    9 days ago
    For me it has to be Hadrian’s Wall, especially the middle section between Cawfields Crag and Sewing Shields, with its roller coaster ride along the peaks of the Whin Sill. But you do need to WALK this and feel every up and down in your muscles as well as the wind in your hair.

    I remember one Easter, not long after we were married, we were self catering at Haltwhistle and walked the wall most days, calling in at the Milecastle Inn for a pint of beer before rolling back down Haltwhislte Burn in the dusk to our cottage.

    When daughter was little, booked two weeks at Christmas - it was so long ago that Christmas and New Year were still low season rates! Christmas Day was bright and sunny, so after opening stockings we decided to go for a walk, just taking a bottle of water and pack of biscuits. Our intention was to be back for a Christmas lunch (a Mathesons turkey roast). It was such a nice day that Christmas lunch turned out to be a biscuit and a drink of water sitting on Hadrian’s Wall with views across Northumberland. It still ranks as our best Christmas Lunch ever.
  • Hardyplant
    10 days ago
    The Northumberland Dark Sky Park because light pollution in Kent, where I live, is bad and getting worse.
  • No1tealady
    10 days ago
    Nice to hear about a book which is set in Northumberland. For those who have not visited Northumberland you are definitely missing a treat, with soft sandy beaches and the freshness from the North Sea. Looking inland you can take in the vastness of lush green countryside which is home to some very cosy, traditional villages and small towns. With many historical places including Alnwick which hosts a Castle built in the 11th Century (Famous for some of the filming of Harry Potter), Morpeth which has a wealth of stories, Lindisfarne (also known as Holy Island), Seahouses where you can sail out to The Farne Islands which is famous for it's Seals, Puffins and other bird species. There are many other places to name but my favorite place is Bamborough, although quite a small place has an amazing castle on the beach itself which is just awesome especially when the sun catches it at certain times of the day. Northumberland is an amazing place and the book sounds great so will definitely be picking up a copy of that !