Travel may or may not broaden the mind, but good travel books are always essential reading matter. These latest offerings cover the longhaul and exotic, courtesy of a couple of volumes on Africa. They also offer a fresh take on the domestic, with an eccentric race around seaside piers and a look at that most English of phenomena, rainfall.

Read on for the IBTimes UK top five travel book round-up, all primed to make you start packing in a hurry.