Silver Travel Book Club - October 2021

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Silver Travel Book ClubEach month, we'll explore a different destination, and a lucky Silver Travel Book Club reader can win a free copy of the month's book. 

Avalon WaterwaysThis month the Silver Travel Book Club – proudly sponsored by Avalon Waterways – is reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favours with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media – as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents – the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behaviour. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter – but is he really a killer?


Avalon Waterways

She’s known for her runaway hits – Gone Girl, Sharp Objects and Dark Places – and now, Gillian Flynn is inviting you to run away to the Danube River. To hear about her twisted narratives while you wind and bend your way through craggy cliffs, terraced vineyards and culture-rich villages from Budapest to Prague, discovering the Old World in new ways. It’s a killer opportunity to spend a week sailing on a Suite Ship with the 'Killer Queen'. 'Come Sail Away with Gillian Flynn' is an 8-day river cruise from Budapest to Deggendorf, departing 15 September 2022.   

To find out more about 'Come Sail Away with Gillian Flynn'.

Along with Gillian Flynn, Avalon Waterways have a whole host of revered raconteurs on their new storyteller series of suite-ship sailings. Find out more 

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How to win a copy of 'Gone Girl' by Gillian Flynn

With smaller, more intimate ships and itineraries that take travellers to big cities, small villages and lovely landscapes, river cruises offer a very special type of cruise experience. Simply add a comment at the end of this page to tell us about a river you would like to cruise along and with whom, a favourite author perhaps?

The best entry will win a copy of the book.

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

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  • Hardyplant
    4 days ago
    The southern part of the Rhone, specifically the Camargue, with Michael Morpurgo, who wrote Flamingo Boy: set in WW2 in the Camargue, which I think is a lovely book, even if it's not really meant for adults. I've only been on the Rhone between Avignon and Arles but I'd like to do the last bit and I'm sure Michael Morporgu would be excellent company.
  • SuzCG
    5 days ago
    Well the dream cruise would be The Amazon but I'd settle for The Danube, maybe with Anton du Beke to waltz with (he's an author too)!
  • Puppy
    6 days ago
    I would love to cruise the Douro with David, my husband. Apart from taking in the wonderful scenery and visiting the beautiful Portuguese port of Porto, I would also enjoy relaxing with a Peter Robinson 'DCI Banks' novel. Peter is one of my favourite 'light read' authors as the Banks novels are based in Yorkshire, which makes the stories more interesting when they are based around familiar territory. In addition, Peter usually has a very topical theme to his Banks' novels.
  • doublet
    6 days ago
    I would love to have a tipple on the Mosel and enjoy a Riesling with Olly Smith, the wine king.
  • Woofles
    8 days ago
    It would be a wonderful way to start cruising. We’ve always wanted to try it!
  • philatel
    8 days ago
    I would love to go down the Nile and see and learn about all the wonderful sights - perhaps with a local English speaking guide to point everything out to me.
  • LH
    8 days ago
    Cruising London to Oxford on the Thames with Kenneth Grahame reading Wind in the Willows, as my love of river trips started by enjoying this book as a child, and I can remember it well as it relates to all the places along the river, and all the characters from Ratty to pompous Toad of Toad Hall, not forgetting Mole and Badger of course. Stopping off at the Henley River and Rowing Museum to see their splendid exhibition of Toad in his motor, escaping from prison and other adventures. Any wood by the river is a Wild Wood after reading this book!
  • Ozdevon
    8 days ago
    River Shannon with a number of Irish writers. Irish literature is captivating & there would be so much to discuss.
  • Ayesha
    8 days ago
    Wonderful cruising to historic resorts whilst engrossed in this exciting book - heaven!
  • you
    9 days ago
    Getting a bit low on reading material.
    If I am lucky enough to win this book, when I have finished reading it I will donate it to our local Cardiac-Rehab Centre [where I pass all my books to] to be sold on their book stall when the stall is open again.
    They all work so hard there and have helped my husband to recover after his operations.
    9 days ago
    I would love to cruise along the Rhine. It has a castle on every bend, fabulous. I would love to
    travel with my childhood hero, Cliff Richard, but I may have to take my husband instead.
  • Move
    9 days ago
    River Thames with Charles dickens
  • jemm
    9 days ago
    The Danube with my best friend. The waltz the stuff of romance and just the picturesque landscape is magnificent
  • Ivorh
    9 days ago
    I would love to cruise down the river Nile with my wonderful wife. We would relax and watch what the local people were doing wether it be work, rest or at play. We would also love to see the pyramids and hopefully have the chance to have a few stops and visit the pyramids and the Valley of the Kings. How wonderful that would be.
  • reenwelch
    9 days ago
    I would like to cruise along the river Douro. Magnificent scenery and hopefully guaranteed sunshine. Accompanied by m husband and a good book I'm sure it would be a wonderfully relaxing holiday.
  • Ken-Baines
    9 days ago
    The Danube with my wife - we used to live in Budapest and I would love to see it again, this time from a different angle.