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
Actress, Singer & Author

Neil GaimanNeil Gaiman
10 November 1960

Geri HalliwellGeri Halliwell
06 August 1972

Roald DahlRoald Dahl
13 September 1916
Novelist, Short Story Writer
George OrwellGeorge Orwell
25 June 1903

Salman RushdieSalman Rushdie
19 June 1947

John CleeseJohn Cleese
27 October 1939
Actor & Comedian

Joan CollinsJoan Collins
23 May 1933
Actress & Author
Martin McDonaghMartin McDonagh
26 March 1970
Playwright, Screenwriter, Filmmaker

Gertrude BellGertrude Bell
14 July 1868
Writer, Diplomat
Sharon OsbourneSharon Osbourne
09 October 1952
Television host

Alan WattsAlan Watts
06 January 1915
Philosopher, Writer & Speaker

Richard AyoadeRichard Ayoade
12 June 1977
Ian FlemingIan Fleming
28 May 1908
Author of James Bond Series

13 June 1974
H. G. WellsH. G. Wells
21 September 1866

Nigella LawsonNigella Lawson
06 January 1960
Television Personality, Gourmet, Food Writer

Mary BerryMary Berry
24 March 1935
Food Writer, TV Presenter
Jill IrelandJill Ireland
24 April 1936

Alan MooreAlan Moore
18 November 1953
David IckeDavid Icke
29 April 1952

Princess Michael of KentPrincess Michael of Kent
15 January 1945

Lashana LynchLashana Lynch
27 November 1987

Eric IdleEric Idle
29 March 1943
Douglas AdamsDouglas Adams
11 March 1952
Mark RylanceMark Rylance
18 January 1960

Karl PilkingtonKarl Pilkington
23 September 1972
Television Presenter, Radio Producer

Kazuo IshiguroKazuo Ishiguro
08 November 1954
Nobel Prize Winner in Literature

Lucy HawkingLucy Hawking
02 November 1970
Journalist, Novelist, Writer
Phillip SchofieldPhillip Schofield
01 April 1962
Television Presenter

Ted HughesTed Hughes
17 August 1930
Poet and Children's Writer

Cilla BlackCilla Black
27 May 1943

Daphne du MaurierDaphne du Maurier
13 May 1907

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Spike MilliganSpike Milligan
16 April 1918
Randolph ChurchillRandolph Churchill
28 May 1911
Journalist, Politician

W. H. AudenW. H. Auden
21 February 1907
Janet McTeerJanet McTeer
05 August 1961

Harold PinterHarold Pinter
10 October 1930
Nobel Prize Winner in Literature

Anthony BurgessAnthony Burgess
25 February 1917
William GoldingWilliam Golding
19 September 1911

Darcey BussellDarcey Bussell
27 April 1969
Jhumpa LahiriJhumpa Lahiri
11 July 1967

Gemma CollinsGemma Collins
31 January 1981

V. S. NaipaulV. S. Naipaul
17 August 1932

Bernard CornwellBernard Cornwell
23 February 1944
Author of Historical Novels

Tom StoppardTom Stoppard
03 July 1937
Michael MorpurgoMichael Morpurgo
05 October 1943

Carol Ann DuffyCarol Ann Duffy
23 December 1955

Richard BriersRichard Briers
14 January 1934

Philip LarkinPhilip Larkin
09 August 1922
Doris LessingDoris Lessing
22 October 1919
Novelist, Short Story Writer

Alain de BottonAlain de Botton
20 December 1969
Nick HornbyNick Hornby
17 April 1957
Author & Editor

Mary SoamesMary Soames
15 September 1922
Youngest Child of Winston Churchill

Barbara CartlandBarbara Cartland
09 July 1901
Arthur KoestlerArthur Koestler
05 September 1905

Tim VineTim Vine
04 March 1967
Comedian, Actor, Writer
Jill GascoineJill Gascoine
11 April 1937

Carlton LeachCarlton Leach
12 March 1959
Author, Former Doorman, Former Football Hooligan &

Quentin CrispQuentin Crisp
25 December 1908
English Writer & Gay Icon
Kingsley AmisKingsley Amis
16 April 1922
Poet, novelist and lecturer

Angela CarterAngela Carter
07 May 1940
Malcolm MuggeridgeMalcolm Muggeridge
24 March 1903
Journalist and Author

Jerome K. JeromeJerome K. Jerome
02 May 1859

Alan CorenAlan Coren
27 June 1938

John BergerJohn Berger
05 November 1926
Carol McGiffinCarol McGiffin
18 February 1960
Radio Broadcaster
John FowlesJohn Fowles
31 March 1926
Writer & Teacher

Edward de BonoEdward de Bono
19 May 1933
Author, Consultant

Caryl ChurchillCaryl Churchill
03 September 1938
Dramatist, Women's Rights Activist

C. L. R. JamesC. L. R. James
04 January 1901
Journalist, Writer, Historian, Theorist, Socialist
Cass PennantCass Pennant
03 March 1958

A. N. WilsonA. N. Wilson
27 October 1950
Writer & Columnist

H. E. BatesH. E. Bates
16 May 1905
Short Story Writer

Alan SillitoeAlan Sillitoe
04 March 1928

Cyril ConnollyCyril Connolly
10 September 1903
Literary Critic & Writer
Adrian MitchellAdrian Mitchell
24 October 1932

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
Sir Arthur Charles ClarkeSir Arthur Charles Clarke
16 December 1917

Peter Edward CookPeter Edward Cook
17 November 1937
Actor, Comedian, Satirist, Writer
Rory StewartRory Stewart
03 January 1973
Politician, Author, Diplomat, Writer

Terry PratchettTerry Pratchett
28 April 1948
Writer, Novelist, Journalist, Screenwriter,

Russell ToveyRussell Tovey
14 November 1981
Actor, Playwright

Johnny MarrJohnny Marr
31 October 1963
Guitarist, Poet, Singer, Songwriter, Record
Richard HammondRichard Hammond
19 December 1969
Television presenter, Writer, Journalist,

Peter SerafinowiczPeter Serafinowicz
10 July 1972
Actor, Comedian, Voice actor, Screenwriter,
Peaches GeldofPeaches Geldof
13 March 1989
Journalist, Television presenter, Model,

Judith KerrJudith Kerr
14 June 1923
Writer, Illustrator, Autobiographer, Children's

10 May 1946
Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Composer,

Gavin McInnesGavin McInnes
17 July 1970
Writer, Actor, Entrepreneur, Comedian, Columnist,
Jeffrey ArcherJeffrey Archer
15 April 1940
Politician, Novelist, Writer, Playwright, Science