Summer holidays are synonymous with lazy days spent by the beach or pool with a good book, or discovering new destinations, cultures and flavours. The Folio Society have put together a list of classic books that will transport you away…

Wine and food lovers – Barossa Valley

What better way to unwind after a day touring cellar doors or picnicking among the vines than with the entertaining anecdotes and recipes by renowned food writer Elizabeth David, who strongly influenced the revitalisation of home cookery in Britain in the mid-20th century.

A Book of Mediterranean Food, Elizabeth David’s first great classic, was based on memories of happy years spent in France, Italy, the Greek Islands and Egypt. Combined here with a selection of essays from An Omelette and a Glass of Wine, it reveals a passion for good food as well as a marvellous ability to evoke atmosphere and place, whether it is the beautiful almond country surrounding Valencia or the pleasure of buying piping hot pissaladiére in the markets of Marseilles. RRP $74.95

Ideal for foodies, The Folio Society’s edition features an introduction by award-winning writer Julian Barnes, 19 drawings by English painter John Minton, and eight full-page watercolours by artist Sophie MacCarthy.

Romantic beach escape – Whitsundays

Whether snorkelling in the azure waters of the Coral Sea, island hopping or lounging on the white sand beaches, the Whitsunday Islands are a perfect base for a romantic getaway.

Never let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro is an unforgettable story of friendship, love and the value of human life. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2005, this is an unforgettable, poignant story by the author of The Remains of the Day.

Glamping – Uluru

Get lost in a classic adventure story inspired by novelists Jack Kerouac and George Orwell in the spiritual heart of the Red Centre in the World Heritage-listed wilderness of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Set during the Alaskan gold rush of 1897, Jack London’s classic adventure story, The Call of the Wild, inspired Kerouac and Orwell. Readers who first encountered The Call of the Wild as children will find re-reading this classic American tale of a drifter and survivor richly rewarding.

Road tripping – Great Ocean Road

One of the world’s most scenic drives, the Great Ocean Road is the perfect backdrop to On the Road, a thrilling and poignant story of the road less travelled.

A fictionalised account of Jack’s own journeys across America with his friend Neal Cassady, Kerouac’s beatnik odyssey On the Road, captured the soul of a generation and changed the landscape of American fiction for ever.

What is your favourite classic book?