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

Martin McDonaghMartin McDonagh

26 March 1970

Camberwell

Aries

Sacha Baron CohenSacha Baron Cohen

13 October 1971

Hammersmith

Libra

Julie AndrewsJulie Andrews

01 October 1935

Walton-on-Thames

Libra

George OrwellGeorge Orwell

25 June 1903

21 January 1950

Motihari

Cancer

Roald DahlRoald Dahl

13 September 1916

23 November 1990

Llandaff, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom

Virgo

John CleeseJohn Cleese

27 October 1939

Weston-super-Mare

Scorpio

Mark RylanceMark Rylance

18 January 1960

Ashford, United Kingdom

Capricorn

Salman RushdieSalman Rushdie

19 June 1947

Mumbai

Gemini

Alan WattsAlan Watts

06 January 1915

16 November 1973

Chislehurst, Kent, England

Capricorn

Joan CollinsJoan Collins

23 May 1933

Paddington

Gemini

Neil GaimanNeil Gaiman

10 November 1960

Portchester, Hampshire, England

Scorpio

Douglas AdamsDouglas Adams

11 March 1952

11 May 2001

Cambridge

Pisces

Ian FlemingIan Fleming

28 May 1908

12 August 1964

Mayfair, London

Gemini

Sharon OsbourneSharon Osbourne

09 October 1952

Brixton, South London, England

Libra

Nigella LawsonNigella Lawson

06 January 1960

London, United Kingdom

Capricorn

Kazuo IshiguroKazuo Ishiguro

08 November 1954

Nagasaki, Japan

Scorpio

Alan MooreAlan Moore

18 November 1953

Northampton

Scorpio

Eric IdleEric Idle

29 March 1943

South Shields

Aries

Ted HughesTed Hughes

17 August 1930

28 October 1998

Mytholmroyd

Leo

Daphne du MaurierDaphne du Maurier

13 May 1907

19 April 1989

London

Taurus

William GoldingWilliam Golding

19 September 1911

19 June 1993

Newquay

Virgo

W. H. AudenW. H. Auden

21 February 1907

29 September 1973

York

Pisces

Princess Michael of KentPrincess Michael of Kent

15 January 1945

Karlovy Vary

Capricorn

Harold PinterHarold Pinter

10 October 1930

24 December 2008

Metropolitan Borough of Hackney

Libra

Spike MilliganSpike Milligan

16 April 1918

27 February 2002

Ahmednagar

Aries

Jhumpa LahiriJhumpa Lahiri

11 July 1967

London

Cancer

Tom StoppardTom Stoppard

03 July 1937

Zlín, Czechoslovakia

Cancer

Philip LarkinPhilip Larkin

09 August 1922

02 December 1985

Radford, Coventry, United Kingdom

Leo

Anthony BurgessAnthony Burgess

25 February 1917

22 November 1993

Harpurhey, Manchester, England

Pisces

Carol Ann DuffyCarol Ann Duffy

23 December 1955

Glasgow

Capricorn

Bernard CornwellBernard Cornwell

23 February 1944

Pisces

Michael MorpurgoMichael Morpurgo

05 October 1943

St Albans

Libra

Doris LessingDoris Lessing

22 October 1919

17 November 2013

Kermanshah

Libra

Alain de BottonAlain de Botton

20 December 1969

Zürich, Switzerland

Sagittarius

Nick HornbyNick Hornby

17 April 1957

Redhill

Aries

Barbara CartlandBarbara Cartland

09 July 1901

21 May 2000

Edgbaston, Birmingham

Cancer

Carlton LeachCarlton Leach

12 March 1959

Canning Town, Essex

Pisces

Alan CorenAlan Coren

27 June 1938

18 October 2007

Paddington

Cancer

Arthur KoestlerArthur Koestler

05 September 1905

01 March 1983

Budapest, Austria-Hungary

Virgo

Tim VineTim Vine

04 March 1967

Cheam

Pisces

Quentin CrispQuentin Crisp

25 December 1908

21 November 1999

Sutton, Surrey, UK

Capricorn

Angela CarterAngela Carter

07 May 1940

16 February 1992

Eastbourne, England

Taurus

Kingsley AmisKingsley Amis

16 April 1922

22 October 1995

Clapham, London

Aries

Jerome K. JeromeJerome K. Jerome

02 May 1859

14 June 1927

Caldmore, United Kingdom

Taurus

John BergerJohn Berger

05 November 1926

London Borough of Hackney

Scorpio

Malcolm MuggeridgeMalcolm Muggeridge

24 March 1903

14 November 1990

Sanderstead, South Croydon, Surrey, England, UK

Aries

Edward de BonoEdward de Bono

19 May 1933

Malta

Taurus

John FowlesJohn Fowles

31 March 1926

05 November 2005

Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, England

Aries

Caryl ChurchillCaryl Churchill

03 September 1938

London, England

Virgo

Cass PennantCass Pennant

03 March 1958

Doncaster, South Yorkshire

Pisces

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

04 January 1901

19 May 1989

Trinidad

Capricorn

A. N. WilsonA. N. Wilson

27 October 1950

Scorpio

Alan SillitoeAlan Sillitoe

04 March 1928

25 April 2010

Nottingham, England

Pisces

H. E. BatesH. E. Bates

16 May 1905

29 January 1974

Rushden

Taurus

Cyril ConnollyCyril Connolly

10 September 1903

26 November 1974

Warwickshire, United Kingdom

Virgo

V.S. NaipaulV.S. Naipaul

17 August 1932

Chaguanas

Leo

Adrian MitchellAdrian Mitchell

24 October 1932

20 December 2008

Hampstead Heath

Scorpio

John GardnerJohn Gardner

26 November 1926

03 August 2007

Northumberland, England

Sagittarius

Paul ScottPaul Scott

25 March 1920

01 March 1978

Southgate, London

Aries

Henry Graham GreeneHenry Graham Greene

02 October 1904

03 April 1991

Berkhamste

Libra

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

Sir Arthur Charles ClarkeSir Arthur Charles Clarke

16 December 1917

19 March 2008

Minehead, Somerset, England

Sagittarius

Lucy HawkingLucy Hawking

02 November 1969

England

Scorpio

Ricky GervaisRicky Gervais

25 June 1961

Reading

Cancer

Geri HalliwellGeri Halliwell

06 August 1972

Watford

Leo

Alex GarlandAlex Garland

26 May 1970

London, United Kingdom

Gemini

MorrisseyMorrissey

22 May 1959

Manchester

Gemini

Richard AyoadeRichard Ayoade

12 June 1977

Whipps Cross

Gemini

Van MorrisonVan Morrison

31 August 1945

Belfast

Virgo

Edgar WrightEdgar Wright

18 April 1974

Poole

Aries

Malcolm McDowellMalcolm McDowell

13 June 1943

Horsforth

Gemini

Richard HammondRichard Hammond

19 December 1969

Solihull

Sagittarius

T. E. LawrenceT. E. Lawrence

16 August 1888

19 May 1935

Tremadog

Leo

Charles SalvadorCharles Salvador

06 December 1952

Luton

Sagittarius

Christiane AmanpourChristiane Amanpour

12 January 1958

London

Capricorn

Peter SerafinowiczPeter Serafinowicz

10 July 1972

Liverpool

Cancer

Victoria Coren MitchellVictoria Coren Mitchell

18 August 1972

Hammersmith

Leo

E. L. JamesE. L. James

07 March 1963

London

Pisces

David IckeDavid Icke

29 April 1952

Leicester

Taurus