Flaubert's Bouvard et Pécuchet (also up there with Don Q[uixote], in the great unread-but-should-be list);
Philip Hensher's The Fit;
Kingsley Amis's Girl, 20;
Walter M. Miller's A Canticle for Leibowitz (after nuclear holocaust, a Jewish husband's shopping list becomes a sacred text).
Click here to read the brief article for Sutherland's spur to invention as well as to learn why Schindler's List did not make the list list.