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List of famous British writers of the 20th century with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

They have penned some of the most classic tales of romance that have kindled a feeling of love in the most brazen of hearts, created characters whose fame extends beyond the novel and tides, conceived plots that have captivated the minds and sense of many for decades, and written lines that have been the most quoted and the most recognized ones – British literary connoisseurs are not holding it back and giving British literature a new avenue with every passing decade and century. Though 19th century literature undoubtedly belonged to the British (with the greatest minds at pen, a counted few including Charles Dickens, Lewis Carroll, Thomas Hardy and Oscar Wilde), they continued their dominance well into the 20th century as well. If you don’t believe us, here’s a sneak peek. JRR Tolkien, one of the greatest 20th century writers was a British. He was the man behind epic works of fantasy including ‘The Hobbit’, ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and so on. Tolkien did not just create characters and plots but an entire mythology to go with them. Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie is a British who is credited for creating two of the most well-known literary sleuths, Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. If you love the James Bond series of spy novels, you have a British to thank – Ian Fleming. Other famous British writers include William Golding, Graham Greene, Evelyn Waugh and so on. Take a look at some of the famous British writers of the 20th century.
J. K. RowlingJ. K. Rowling

31 July 1965

Yate

Leo

Roald DahlRoald Dahl

13 September 1916

23 November 1990

Llandaff, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom

Virgo

Sacha Baron CohenSacha Baron Cohen

13 October 1971

Hammersmith

Libra

George OrwellGeorge Orwell

25 June 1903

21 January 1950

Motihari

Cancer

Joan CollinsJoan Collins

23 May 1933

Paddington

Gemini

Ian FlemingIan Fleming

28 May 1908

12 August 1964

Mayfair, London

Gemini

Julie AndrewsJulie Andrews

01 October 1935

Walton-on-Thames

Libra

Salman RushdieSalman Rushdie

19 June 1947

Mumbai

Gemini

John CleeseJohn Cleese

27 October 1939

Weston-super-Mare

Scorpio

Neil GaimanNeil Gaiman

10 November 1960

Portchester, Hampshire, England

Scorpio

Thomas MertonThomas Merton

31 January 1915

10 December 1968

Prades

Aquarius

Nigella LawsonNigella Lawson

06 January 1960

London, United Kingdom

Capricorn

Alan WattsAlan Watts

06 January 1915

16 November 1973

Chislehurst, Kent, England

Capricorn

Geoffrey ChaucerGeoffrey Chaucer

1343 AD

25 October 1400

London, United Kingdom

Alan MooreAlan Moore

18 November 1953

Northampton

Scorpio

Ted HughesTed Hughes

17 August 1930

28 October 1998

Mytholmroyd

Leo

Douglas AdamsDouglas Adams

11 March 1952

11 May 2001

Cambridge

Pisces

Sharon OsbourneSharon Osbourne

09 October 1952

Brixton, South London, England

Libra

Bernard CornwellBernard Cornwell

23 February 1944

Pisces

Eric IdleEric Idle

29 March 1943

South Shields

Aries

W. H. AudenW. H. Auden

21 February 1907

29 September 1973

York

Pisces

Doris LessingDoris Lessing

22 October 1919

17 November 2013

Kermanshah

Libra

Daphne du MaurierDaphne du Maurier

13 May 1907

19 April 1989

London

Taurus

Harold PinterHarold Pinter

10 October 1930

24 December 2008

Metropolitan Borough of Hackney

Libra

William GoldingWilliam Golding

19 September 1911

19 June 1993

Newquay

Virgo

Anthony BurgessAnthony Burgess

25 February 1917

22 November 1993

Harpurhey, Manchester, England

Pisces

Philip LarkinPhilip Larkin

09 August 1922

02 December 1985

Radford, Coventry, United Kingdom

Leo

Nick HornbyNick Hornby

17 April 1957

Redhill

Aries

Spike MilliganSpike Milligan

16 April 1918

27 February 2002

Ahmednagar

Aries

Alain de BottonAlain de Botton

20 December 1969

Zürich, Switzerland

Sagittarius

Tom StoppardTom Stoppard

03 July 1937

Zlín, Czechoslovakia

Cancer

Carol Ann DuffyCarol Ann Duffy

23 December 1955

Glasgow

Capricorn

Princess Michael of KentPrincess Michael of Kent

15 January 1945

Karlovy Vary

Capricorn

Michael MorpurgoMichael Morpurgo

05 October 1943

St Albans

Libra

Arthur KoestlerArthur Koestler

05 September 1905

01 March 1983

Budapest, Austria-Hungary

Virgo

Angela CarterAngela Carter

07 May 1940

16 February 1992

Eastbourne, England

Taurus

Martin McDonaghMartin McDonagh

26 March 1970

Camberwell

Aries

Kingsley AmisKingsley Amis

16 April 1922

22 October 1995

England

Aries

Jerome K. JeromeJerome K. Jerome

02 May 1859

14 June 1927

Caldmore, United Kingdom

Taurus

Tim VineTim Vine

04 March 1967

Cheam

Pisces

Edward de BonoEdward de Bono

19 May 1933

Malta

Taurus

Barbara CartlandBarbara Cartland

09 July 1901

21 May 2000

Edgbaston, Birmingham

Cancer

Quentin CrispQuentin Crisp

25 December 1908

21 November 1999

Sutton, Surrey, UK

Capricorn

Malcolm MuggeridgeMalcolm Muggeridge

24 March 1903

14 November 1990

Sanderstead, South Croydon, Surrey, England, UK

Aries

John BergerJohn Berger

05 November 1926

London Borough of Hackney

Scorpio

John FowlesJohn Fowles

31 March 1926

05 November 2005

Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, England

Aries

Caryl ChurchillCaryl Churchill

03 September 1938

London, England

Virgo

A. N. WilsonA. N. Wilson

27 October 1950

Scorpio

C. L. R. JamesC. L. R. James

04 January 1901

19 May 1989

Trinidad

Capricorn

Alan CorenAlan Coren

27 June 1938

18 October 2007

Paddington

Cancer

Cyril ConnollyCyril Connolly

10 September 1903

26 November 1974

Warwickshire, United Kingdom

Virgo

Alan SillitoeAlan Sillitoe

04 March 1928

25 April 2010

Nottingham, England

Pisces

John GardnerJohn Gardner

26 November 1926

03 August 2007

Northumberland, England

Sagittarius

H. E. BatesH. E. Bates

16 May 1905

29 January 1974

Rushden

Taurus

V.S. NaipaulV.S. Naipaul

17 August 1932

Chaguanas

Leo

Paul ScottPaul Scott

25 March 1920

01 March 1978

Southgate, London

Aries

Adrian MitchellAdrian Mitchell

24 October 1932

20 December 2008

Hampstead Heath

Scorpio

C. Day LewisC. Day Lewis

27 April 1904

22 May 1972

Ballintubber

Taurus

Peter Edward CookPeter Edward Cook

17 November 1937

09 January 1995

Torquay, Devon, England

Scorpio

Henry Graham GreeneHenry Graham Greene

02 October 1904

03 April 1991

Berkhamste

Libra

Sir Arthur Charles ClarkeSir Arthur Charles Clarke

16 December 1917

19 March 2008

Minehead, Somerset, England

Sagittarius

Lady Colin CampbellLady Colin Campbell

17 August 1949

Jamaica

Leo

Charles SalvadorCharles Salvador

06 December 1952

Luton

Sagittarius

Andy SerkisAndy Serkis

20 April 1964

Ruislip

Aries

Mark RylanceMark Rylance

18 January 1960

Ashford

Capricorn

Jeremy ClarksonJeremy Clarkson

11 April 1960

Doncaster

Aries

Ricky GervaisRicky Gervais

25 June 1961

Reading

Cancer

MorrisseyMorrissey

22 May 1959

Manchester

Gemini

Kunal NayyarKunal Nayyar

30 April 1981

Hammersmith

Taurus

Malcolm McDowellMalcolm McDowell

13 June 1943

Horsforth

Gemini

David IckeDavid Icke

29 April 1952

Leicester

Taurus

Terry PratchettTerry Pratchett

28 April 1948

12 March 2015

Beaconsfield

Taurus

Edgar WrightEdgar Wright

18 April 1974

Poole

Aries

Karl PilkingtonKarl Pilkington

23 September 1972

Sale

Virgo

Mark GatissMark Gatiss

17 October 1966

Sedgefield

Libra

Geri HalliwellGeri Halliwell

06 August 1972

Watford

Leo

Richard AyoadeRichard Ayoade

12 June 1977

Whipps Cross

Gemini

Clive BarkerClive Barker

05 October 1952

Liverpool

Libra

Victoria Coren MitchellVictoria Coren Mitchell

18 August 1972

Hammersmith

Leo

Richard HammondRichard Hammond

19 December 1969

Solihull

Sagittarius

Gavin McInnesGavin McInnes

17 July 1970

Hitchin

Cancer

Sandi ToksvigSandi Toksvig

03 May 1958

Copenhagen

Taurus

Graham ChapmanGraham Chapman

08 January 1941

04 October 1989

Leicester

Capricorn

DonovanDonovan

10 May 1946

Glasgow

Taurus

James MayJames May

16 January 1963

Bristol

Capricorn

Alan BennettAlan Bennett

09 May 1934

Armley

Taurus

Niall FergusonNiall Ferguson

18 April 1964

Glasgow

Aries

Peter SerafinowiczPeter Serafinowicz

10 July 1972

Liverpool

Cancer

Lucy HawkingLucy Hawking

02 November 1969

England

Scorpio

Christiane AmanpourChristiane Amanpour

12 January 1958

London

Capricorn

Darcey BussellDarcey Bussell

27 April 1969

London

Taurus

Lee ChildLee Child

29 October 1954

Coventry

Scorpio

Peter HitchensPeter Hitchens

28 October 1951

Sliema

Scorpio

Steven MoffatSteven Moffat

18 November 1961

Paisley

Scorpio

Evelyn WaughEvelyn Waugh

28 October 1903

10 April 1966

London

Scorpio

Johnny MarrJohnny Marr

31 October 1963

Manchester

Scorpio

Peaches GeldofPeaches Geldof

13 March 1989

07 April 2014

Westminster

Pisces

Rik MayallRik Mayall

07 March 1958

09 June 2014

Harlow

Pisces

Martin AmisMartin Amis

25 August 1949

Swansea

Virgo

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