From snow-covered Moscow in Snowdrops by AD Miller to the laid-back rhythm of Botswana in Alexander McCall Smith's The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, a good novel can evoke a sense of place, wrapping you in the curious sights, smells and tantalising traditions of an intriguing country or city you may never have visited. How many times have you finished the last page with a sigh and wished you could be there right now, far from your end of work commute in gloomy Britain?
And then there are travel memoirs, not dispassionate descriptions but personal journeys through landscapes populated with interesting characters and amusing scenes.
Here, we've collected 14 books - contemporary novels, modern classics and must-read memoirs - to inspire your next break.
- In A Sunburned Country by Bill BrysonAmazon
- Wild (Lost To Found On The Pacific Crest Trail) by Cheryl StrayedAmazon
- Death Of A Red Heroine by Qui XiaolongAmazon
- The Ice Princess by Camilla LackbergAmazon
- Kingdom Of Strangers by Zoe FerrarisAmazon
- Mister Pip by Lloyd JonesAmazon
- The Bone People by Keri HulmeAmazon
- Us by David NicollsAmazon
- The Secret Lives Of Babi Segi's Wives by Lola ShoneyinAmazon
- The Snowman by Jo NesboAmazon
- Death At La Fenice by Donna LeonAmazon
- Half Of A Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieAmazon
- The Colour by Rose TremainAmazon
- A Place Called Winter by Patrick GaleAmazon