4. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
It was the 50th birthday of 'The Bell Jar'
this year and although a lot of time has passed, a lot of the issues that this book tackles are still going strong.
This is Plath’s only novel, a semi-autobiographical look at her protagonist’s and her own descent into mental illness and depression. This happens to be one of the most haunting books you could ever read and the first ever to be written by a woman, talking about depression and the strains of society on the psyche.
This is one of those books that will have a profound effect on how you see yourself and the world around you – once you go Plath you never go back.