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.