Posted: 20/10/2014 at 12:45
'Captain Jan' by Jan de Hartog; it's about Dutch salvage crews, tough, brave people who are treated shabbily by their bosses. I re-read it every decade or so and still find myself hanging on to the dining room table as we are caught on a lee shore whilst towing a vast dry dock from Holland to the East Indies.
Also 'The crying of Lot 49' by Thomas Pynchon, weird but fascinating. I find his other books pretty boring.
'A room of one's own' by Virginia Woolf. Every teenager should read it.