For those of you that are yearing to flee your winter world for an exotic local, find yourselves a copy of The Prisoner of Zenda, by Anthony Hope. And while waiting for your book to ship, check out the 1937 movie, of the same title, starring Ronald Coleman and a young David Niven!
Sir Anthony began his life a lawyer and it wasn’t until he’d written his 5th book that he achieved success. Yes, book 5 was Prisoner of Zenda. If you’ve not read it, it’s some of the best adventure writing ever. Do buy a copy printed in the UK for the full effect though. Sir Anthony’s Ruritania continues to live on, as a fictional country setting in most Political Science , Law School classes, and even cyberspace.