1. Howard K Bloom, The Lucifer Principle: A Scientific Expedition Into The Forces of History. Says "evil" doesn't exist. Shows the biological basis of "evil" and how societies work.
2. Flowers for Algernon 1966 novel by Daniel Keyes. (was banned for a while by morons. I learnt about it on slashdot)
3. The Inheritors by William Golding (author of Lord of the Flies) is an imaginative reconstruction of the life of a band of Neanderthals as they meet Homo sapiens
4. Bone People, by Keri Hulme
5. Eric Hobsbawm - Labouring Men, – brilliant series of little essays on topics of English working class history
6. Moby Dick by Herman Melville is vastly underrated. Melville is brilliant. His imitations of Shakepearean language are outstanding
7. Middlemarch by George Eliot
8. Rohinton Mistry, Fine Balance (1995)
9. The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal.