(But don't necessarily want to give to all my friends)
  1. The golden notebook
    Doris Lessing
  2. The first bad man
    Miranda July
  3. Pale fire
    Vladimir Nabokov
  4. The second sex
    Simone de Beauvoir
  5. Wide sargasso sea
    Jean Rhys
  6. Season of migration to the north
    Tayeb Salih
  7. The bell jar
    Sylvia Plath
  8. The unbearable lightness of being
    Milan Kundera
  9. Possession
    AS Byatt
  10. The wasteland
    TS Eliot (not strictly speaking a book, but not to be left out)
  11. The god of small things
    Arundhati Roy