When I lived in England a few years ago I was drawn into the world of Jilly Cooper. Her books are hilarious. The characters are so vibrant, often because they are so vile, they get up to the most outlandish things and their lives are so far removed from anything I have known. Jetsetting, high stakes betting, far too much alcohol and lots of other hijinks. Pure escapism. She has recently released a new book, so of course I had to buy it!
And they introduced me to the delights of Pimms, which I have since introduced to my husband (though he remains completely resistant to Jilly's books!).