Barbados

Get me out of here: Austria, Barbados, Las Vegas

Now: Lap up lakeside views and mountainous scenery in Austria this summer. Thomson has a week's stay at the Strandhotel Margaretha, on Lake Wolfgang, for £485pp, including flights from Gatwick to Salzburg on 9 June and transfers. (thomsonlakes.co.uk).

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Jack Davenport and Andrew Lincoln are among the British actors wowing audiences in the US. By Sarah Hughes

Barbados, Cape Town, Las Vegas

Now... Barbados Bliss

British Airways Holidays has a week's break at the Dover Beach Hotel in Barbados (room only), a short drive from Bridgetown. The deal includes flights from Gatwick on 3 Sept for £674pp. Britishairways.com

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The Sugar Barons: Family, Corruption, Empire and War, By Matthew

The historian Arcinegas once wrote that the discovery of the New World was as significant as the passing from the third to the fourth day in Genesis. And, as Matthew Parker documents in The Sugar Barons, for 200 years after 1650 it was the wild and lawless islands of the Caribbean, not the more prosaic settlements of the North American mainland, where the drama of that eventful age unfolded. The West Indies, Parker points out, "held out the promise of freedom and opportunities for social mobility unknown in Europe".