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

Sacha Baron CohenSacha Baron Cohen

13 October 1971

Julie AndrewsJulie Andrews

01 October 1935

Salman RushdieSalman Rushdie

19 June 1947

Joan CollinsJoan Collins

23 May 1933

Roald DahlRoald Dahl

13 September 1916

George OrwellGeorge Orwell

25 June 1903

Geri HalliwellGeri Halliwell

06 August 1972

Neil GaimanNeil Gaiman

10 November 1960

John CleeseJohn Cleese

27 October 1939

Sharon OsbourneSharon Osbourne

09 October 1952

Mary BerryMary Berry

24 March 1935

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Alan WattsAlan Watts

06 January 1915

Ian FlemingIan Fleming

28 May 1908

Gertrude BellGertrude Bell

14 July 1868

H. G. WellsH. G. Wells

21 September 1866

Richard AyoadeRichard Ayoade

12 June 1977

Nigella LawsonNigella Lawson

06 January 1960

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Eric IdleEric Idle

29 March 1943

David IckeDavid Icke

29 April 1952

Lucy HawkingLucy Hawking

02 November 1970

Karl PilkingtonKarl Pilkington

23 September 1972

Douglas AdamsDouglas Adams

11 March 1952

Alan MooreAlan Moore

18 November 1953

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Mark RylanceMark Rylance

18 January 1960

Kazuo IshiguroKazuo Ishiguro

08 November 1954

Ted HughesTed Hughes

17 August 1930

Martin McDonaghMartin McDonagh

26 March 1970

Spike MilliganSpike Milligan

16 April 1918

W. H. AudenW. H. Auden

21 February 1907

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Harold PinterHarold Pinter

10 October 1930

Cilla BlackCilla Black

27 May 1943

William GoldingWilliam Golding

19 September 1911

Anthony BurgessAnthony Burgess

25 February 1917

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Janet McTeerJanet McTeer

05 August 1961

V. S. NaipaulV. S. Naipaul

17 August 1932

Darcey BussellDarcey Bussell

27 April 1969

Jhumpa LahiriJhumpa Lahiri

11 July 1967

Bernard CornwellBernard Cornwell

23 February 1944

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Tom StoppardTom Stoppard

03 July 1937

Carol Ann DuffyCarol Ann Duffy

23 December 1955

Michael MorpurgoMichael Morpurgo

05 October 1943

Philip LarkinPhilip Larkin

09 August 1922

Alain de BottonAlain de Botton

20 December 1969

Doris LessingDoris Lessing

22 October 1919

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Mary SoamesMary Soames

15 September 1922

Nick HornbyNick Hornby

17 April 1957

Barbara CartlandBarbara Cartland

09 July 1901

Tim VineTim Vine

04 March 1967

Arthur KoestlerArthur Koestler

05 September 1905

Angela CarterAngela Carter

07 May 1940

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Carlton LeachCarlton Leach

12 March 1959

Quentin CrispQuentin Crisp

25 December 1908

Jill GascoineJill Gascoine

11 April 1937

Kingsley AmisKingsley Amis

16 April 1922

Malcolm MuggeridgeMalcolm Muggeridge

24 March 1903

John BergerJohn Berger

05 November 1926

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Alan CorenAlan Coren

27 June 1938

Jerome K. JeromeJerome K. Jerome

02 May 1859

Edward de BonoEdward de Bono

19 May 1933

John FowlesJohn Fowles

31 March 1926

Caryl ChurchillCaryl Churchill

03 September 1938

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

04 January 1901

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Cass PennantCass Pennant

03 March 1958

Alan SillitoeAlan Sillitoe

04 March 1928

A. N. WilsonA. N. Wilson

27 October 1950

H. E. BatesH. E. Bates

16 May 1905

Cyril ConnollyCyril Connolly

10 September 1903

Adrian MitchellAdrian Mitchell

24 October 1932

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Henry Graham GreeneHenry Graham Greene

02 October 1904

John GardnerJohn Gardner

26 November 1926

C. Day LewisC. Day Lewis

27 April 1904

Paul ScottPaul Scott

25 March 1920

Peter Edward CookPeter Edward Cook

17 November 1937

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Richard HammondRichard Hammond

19 December 1969

Russell ToveyRussell Tovey

14 November 1981

Gavin McInnesGavin McInnes

17 July 1970