She named her "top 10 books by and about Simone de Beauvoir" for the Guardian.
Her prefatory remarks, followed by one title on the list:
"I think I must have been around 18 when I first dipped into the pages of The Second Sex and was mesmerised by Simone de Beauvoir's terrifyingly lucid account of how one is not so much born, but rather becomes, a woman. Her judicious presence and bold intelligence have been with me ever since, not only in her many books. In a sense the very arc of her life gave us all permission: we could think for ourselves, be actors in the public sphere, and write across the genres - fiction, non-fiction and memoir...."Read more about Lisa Appignanesi's top 10 books by and about Simone de Beauvoir.
4. Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir
This first volume of de Beauvoir's autobiography is a vivid account of growing up female within the confines of a respectable bourgeois family in the early years of the 20th century. Simone's rebellion against a constricting faith and family, the psychological acumen de Beauvoir brings to her portrait of a girl who loves life and books and eventually men, makes this a classic in the genre.