Shogun, James Clavell
This epic saga is based in 17th century Japan, with all the beauty, violence and tragedy of those times. It has all the ingredients of a perfect novel to escape in, power struggles, a hero, strong women, unrequited love, honour, competition, crime - set against a stunning backdrop of Japan, evocatively described by Clavell. No wonder its 1123 pages long, hehe! It was reading this book that put Japan firmly on my bucket list as a place to visit, whichI was fortunate enough to do in 2009 and it didn't disappoint.
Definitely time for a reread.