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

Julie AndrewsJulie Andrews

01 October 1935

Sacha Baron CohenSacha Baron Cohen

13 October 1971

George OrwellGeorge Orwell

25 June 1903

Neil GaimanNeil Gaiman

10 November 1960

Roald DahlRoald Dahl

13 September 1916

John CleeseJohn Cleese

27 October 1939

Richard AyoadeRichard Ayoade

12 June 1977

Salman RushdieSalman Rushdie

19 June 1947

Nigella LawsonNigella Lawson

06 January 1960

Mark RylanceMark Rylance

18 January 1960

Geri HalliwellGeri Halliwell

06 August 1972

Joan CollinsJoan Collins

23 May 1933

Alan WattsAlan Watts

06 January 1915

Gertrude BellGertrude Bell

14 July 1868

Sharon OsbourneSharon Osbourne

09 October 1952

Ian FlemingIan Fleming

28 May 1908

Lucy HawkingLucy Hawking

02 November 1970

Kazuo IshiguroKazuo Ishiguro

08 November 1954

Douglas AdamsDouglas Adams

11 March 1952

Eric IdleEric Idle

29 March 1943

Alan MooreAlan Moore

18 November 1953

Martin McDonaghMartin McDonagh

26 March 1970

Ted HughesTed Hughes

17 August 1930

Spike MilliganSpike Milligan

16 April 1918

W. H. AudenW. H. Auden

21 February 1907

William GoldingWilliam Golding

19 September 1911

Harold PinterHarold Pinter

10 October 1930

Philip LarkinPhilip Larkin

09 August 1922

Jhumpa LahiriJhumpa Lahiri

11 July 1967

Anthony BurgessAnthony Burgess

25 February 1917

Tom StoppardTom Stoppard

03 July 1937

Michael MorpurgoMichael Morpurgo

05 October 1943

Doris LessingDoris Lessing

22 October 1919

Carol Ann DuffyCarol Ann Duffy

23 December 1955

Tim VineTim Vine

04 March 1967

Bernard CornwellBernard Cornwell

23 February 1944

Alain de BottonAlain de Botton

20 December 1969

Carlton LeachCarlton Leach

12 March 1959

Barbara CartlandBarbara Cartland

09 July 1901

Arthur KoestlerArthur Koestler

05 September 1905

Nick HornbyNick Hornby

17 April 1957

Jerome K. JeromeJerome K. Jerome

02 May 1859

Angela CarterAngela Carter

07 May 1940

Quentin CrispQuentin Crisp

25 December 1908

Kingsley AmisKingsley Amis

16 April 1922

Darcey BussellDarcey Bussell

27 April 1969

Alan CorenAlan Coren

27 June 1938

Malcolm MuggeridgeMalcolm Muggeridge

24 March 1903

John BergerJohn Berger

05 November 1926

Edward de BonoEdward de Bono

19 May 1933

John FowlesJohn Fowles

31 March 1926

Cass PennantCass Pennant

03 March 1958

Caryl ChurchillCaryl Churchill

03 September 1938

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

04 January 1901

A. N. WilsonA. N. Wilson

27 October 1950

Alan SillitoeAlan Sillitoe

04 March 1928

H. E. BatesH. E. Bates

16 May 1905

Cyril ConnollyCyril Connolly

10 September 1903

V.S. NaipaulV.S. Naipaul

17 August 1932

Adrian MitchellAdrian Mitchell

24 October 1932

C. Day LewisC. Day Lewis

27 April 1904

John GardnerJohn Gardner

26 November 1926

Paul ScottPaul Scott

25 March 1920

Henry Graham GreeneHenry Graham Greene

02 October 1904

Peter Edward CookPeter Edward Cook

17 November 1937

Ricky GervaisRicky Gervais

25 June 1961

Van MorrisonVan Morrison

31 August 1945

Jonathan NolanJonathan Nolan

06 June 1976

Bernie TaupinBernie Taupin

22 May 1950

Malcolm McDowellMalcolm McDowell

13 June 1943

Rik MayallRik Mayall

07 March 1958

Graham ChapmanGraham Chapman

08 January 1941

Edgar WrightEdgar Wright

18 April 1974

David IckeDavid Icke

29 April 1952

Victoria Coren MitchellVictoria Coren Mitchell

18 August 1972

Gavin McInnesGavin McInnes

17 July 1970

Peter SerafinowiczPeter Serafinowicz

10 July 1972