So the plans you had with your best friend to escape to an island for the holidays have been scrambled by the pandemic. Or maybe you’re both still saving up for one. While you wait for the day you’re able to be surrounded by nothing by sand and sea, why not send your friend one of these six books set on an island off the east or west coasts of Africa instead? Sure, these books aren’t exactly the equivalent of sipping a piña colada under a palm tree. But we think they’ll leave your friend with richer, deeper, insights into island life.