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Featuring far-flung destinations a-plenty, here are five of our favourite books that are guaranteed to give you that holiday feeling, without leaving the comfort of your home.

With international travel off the cards for the foreseeable future, never has there been a more apt time to turn to the pages of a book for a dose of escapism. Because while far-flung and faraway adventures are on hold for the moment, as the late, great, Mason Cooley once said, “Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.” And so, from the picturesque streets of Paris to the wild and windy Scottish Highlands, here are the crème de la crème of armchair travel tales, guaranteed to take you on exotic escapades without leaving the comfort of your home.

  • Clanlands - Sam Heughan, Graham McTavish

    A witty, wry and wonderfully written book that is part travelogue and part history lesson, Clanlands is a love letter to Scotland, to friendship and to the authors’ mutual love of whisky. A must-read for anyone who wants to be transported to the Scottish Highlands made famous by the much-loved Outlander series.

  • Murder on Mustique - Anne Glenconner

    An unputdownable tale that fuses mystery and intrigue with an exotic and far-flung backdrop, Murder on Mustique is captivating storytelling at its finest and is perfect reading for anyone hankering after an idyllic island setting and a rich cast of characters.

  • When the Apricots Bloom - Gina Wilkinson

    A beautifully written tale about friendship and forgiveness; betrayal and secrets, When the Apricots Bloom’s heady backdrop of modern Iraq is sure to transport readers to the shade of the breeze-swept apricot trees of protagonist Huda’s fragrant front garden, where a powerful story about the strength of a mother’s love begins.

  • The Charleston Scandal - Pamela Hart

    An evocative tale set in London’s roaring 1920s Jazz Age, The Charleston Scandal is a riveting read that will enchant readers who want to be whisked away to London’s West End. A real homage to a bygone era of glitz and glamour, it’s the perfect choice for anyone with a penchant for jazz, theatre-land, or London’s high society set.

  • The Paris Secret - Natasha Lester

    Tucked away down a cobblestoned street in Paris, lies an abandoned apartment full of secrets, and so begins the story of fine art agent Flora and the glamourous Vermeil family. The novel weaves between the streets of Paris and the French Riviera and will satiate the appetite of anyone longing for exotic locales.

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