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Books to read before holiday in Northumberland

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traviata Thu 21-Apr-16 11:48:56

I'd love some suggestions, for me and the DC please, for books set in Northumberland and with a really strong sense of place, or where the place is significant in the story. We will be mostly in seaside and small/rural/wild places, Kielder, Bamburgh, Alnmouth, etc.
I don't know the area at all, and it would be great to have a sense of the history, the atmosphere, the landscape as a presence, etc beforehand.

DD 14 - ideally a contemporary teen romance, but possibly historical fiction. Not fantasy.

DS 12 - possibly sci fi or fantasy, also young teen coming-of-age type stuff. (I keep pushing 'The Eagle of the Ninth' on him but he's not attracted).

Me - I like nature writing (eg H is for Hawk, books by Robert Macfarlane), some historical and most modern literary fiction. No grim murders, family sagas, or romances.

We all love David Almond, and I've ordered his 'Song for Ella Grey'.

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RhuBarbarella Thu 21-Apr-16 16:24:33

Don't know about your children, but you might like Max Adams' King of the North. Max Adams is an archaeologist, he writes about the ancient history of Northumbria. Cracking read, some boring bits but overall fascinating. King Oswald is his main subject but there is lots and lots around it.

tripfiction Thu 21-Apr-16 19:56:55

Would you like to trawl through our collated books set in Northumberland? You can drill down by exact location (depending where you will be going) and genre:

L J Ross and Mari Hannah are particularly good at setting and storyline
and I particularly enjoyed Wedlock which is part set in Northumberland (Gibside, the family home is just over the border in Durham)

Have a lovely holiday...

LittlePeasMummy1 Thu 21-Apr-16 20:48:59

Visit The Forum bookshop in Corbridge and Cogito Books in Hexham while you are here if you can- they are both fab and stock quite a few local authors

traviata Fri 22-Apr-16 20:40:06

Thanks everyone. Excellent ideas. I do like the look of the Oswald book, and tripfiction - what a good idea!

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