Throughout history, there have been many British women novelists who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great British female novelists such as J. K. Rowling, Mary Shelley, Charlotte Bronte, Emily Brontë, Doris Lessing.
J. K. RowlingJ. K. Rowling
31 July 1965, British
Author
Virginia WoolfVirginia Woolf
25 January 1882, British
Novelist

Mary ShelleyMary Shelley
30 August 1797, British
Novelist

Jill GascoineJill Gascoine
11 April 1937, British
Actress

Lucy HawkingLucy Hawking
02 November 1970, British
Journalist, Novelist, Writer

P. L. TraversP. L. Travers
09 August 1899, Australian, British
Writer
Emily BrontëEmily Brontë
30 July 1818, British
Novelist

Jane AsherJane Asher
05 April 1946, British
Actress

Jacqueline WilsonJacqueline Wilson
17 December 1945, British
Novelist
Jhumpa LahiriJhumpa Lahiri
11 July 1967, British, American
Writer

Anne BrontëAnne Brontë
17 January 1820, British
Writer
Doris LessingDoris Lessing
22 October 1919, British
Novelist, Short Story Writer

Dorothy L. SayersDorothy L. Sayers
13 June 1893, British
Writer

P. D. JamesP. D. James
03 August 1920, British
Writer

Frances Hodgson BurnettFrances Hodgson Burnett
24 November 1849, British, American
Novelist

Elizabeth GaskellElizabeth Gaskell
29 September 1810, British
Novelist
Vera BrittainVera Brittain
29 December 1893, British
Writer

Angela CarterAngela Carter
07 May 1940, British
 

Lady Caroline LambLady Caroline Lamb
13 November 1785, British
Novelist

Aphra BehnAphra Behn
10 July 1640, British
Playwright
Andrea LevyAndrea Levy
07 March 1956, British
Author

Frances BurneyFrances Burney
13 June 1752, British
Novelist
Caroline NortonCaroline Norton
22 March 1808, British
Author

Rose MacaulayRose Macaulay
01 August 1881, British
Writer

Amy LevyAmy Levy
10 November 1861, British
Poet, Novelist, Essayist
Charlotte BronteCharlotte Bronte
21 April 1816, British
Novelist

Jane FallonJane Fallon
09 December 1960, British
Novelist
Victoria CrossVictoria Cross
01 October 1868, British
Writer

Hilary MantelHilary Mantel
06 July 1952, British
Writer, Novelist, Essayist, Film critic, Poet

Sheila HancockSheila Hancock
22 February 1933, British
Actress
E. L. JamesE. L. James
07 March 1963, British
Author

Continue Reading Below
Ruth JonesRuth Jones
22 September 1966, British, Welsh
Actress
Zadie SmithZadie Smith
25 October 1975, British
Writer, Novelist, Essayist

Vita Sackville-WestVita Sackville-West
09 March 1892, British
Writer

Jackie CollinsJackie Collins
04 October 1937, British, American
Novelist

Kay BurleyKay Burley
17 December 1960, British
Journalist, Presenter, Novelist
Polly SamsonPolly Samson
29 April 1962, British
Songwriter, Journalist, Writer, Novelist
Emma ForrestEmma Forrest
26 December 1976, British, American
Journalists

Diana Wynne JonesDiana Wynne Jones
16 August 1934, British
Novelist

Meera SyalMeera Syal
27 June 1961, British
Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter, Film producer,

Philippa PerryPhilippa Perry
01 November 1957, British
Psychotherapist, Novelist
Coleen NolanColeen Nolan
12 March 1965, British
Singer

Anne PerryAnne Perry
28 October 1938, British
Writer

Philippa GregoryPhilippa Gregory
09 January 1954, British
Novelist, Writer

Ingrid PittIngrid Pitt
21 November 1937, Polish, British
Actress

Jojo MoyesJojo Moyes
04 August 1969, British
Journalist
Ann CleevesAnn Cleeves
24 October 1954, British
Writer

Fanny CradockFanny Cradock
26 February 1909, British
Novelist
Eve PollardEve Pollard
25 December 1945, British
Novelist, Journalist

Kate O'MaraKate O'Mara
10 August 1939, British
Actress

Kate AtkinsonKate Atkinson
20 December 1951, British
Novelist
Nancy MitfordNancy Mitford
28 November 1904, British
Novelist

Louise MenschLouise Mensch
28 June 1971, British
Blogger
E. NesbitE. Nesbit
15 August 1858, British
Author

Margaret DrabbleMargaret Drabble
05 June 1939, British
Novelist

Allegra HustonAllegra Huston
26 August 1964, British, American
Writer

Jean RhysJean Rhys
24 August 1890, Dominican, British
Writer

Val McDermidVal McDermid
04 June 1955, British
Writer, Novelist, Journalist
Sophie KinsellaSophie Kinsella
12 December 1969, British
Novelist

Jeanette WintersonJeanette Winterson
27 August 1959, British
Writer, Screenwriter, Novelist, Journalist,

Ruth RendellRuth Rendell
17 February 1930, British
Writer, Politician, Novelist, Screenwriter

Antonia FraserAntonia Fraser
27 August 1932, British
Novelist
Mary Hayley BellMary Hayley Bell
22 January 1911, Chinese, British
Actress

Catherine CooksonCatherine Cookson
27 June 1906, British
Novelist
Ann RadcliffeAnn Radcliffe
09 July 1764, British
Author

Emma OrczyEmma Orczy
23 September 1865, Hungarian, British
Novelist

Susan HillSusan Hill
05 February 1942, British
Novelist
Caroline GrahamCaroline Graham
17 July 1931, British
Screenwriter, Novelist, Writer

Jackie KayJackie Kay
09 November 1961, British
Writer, Novelist
Julie BurchillJulie Burchill
03 July 1959, British
Journalist, Novelist, Writer

Anna SewellAnna Sewell
30 March 1820, British
Writer, Novelist, Children's writer

Ruth Prawer JhabvalaRuth Prawer Jhabvala
07 May 1927, British
Screenwriter, Novelist, Writer
Elizabeth Jane HowardElizabeth Jane Howard
26 March 1923, British
Author

Sue TownsendSue Townsend
02 April 1946, British
Writer
Josephine TeyJosephine Tey
25 July 1896, British
Writer, Playwright, Novelist, Screenwriter,

Margery AllinghamMargery Allingham
20 May 1904, British
Novelist

Mary RenaultMary Renault
04 September 1905, British, South African
Writer

Elizabeth Dorothea Cole BowenElizabeth Bowen
07 June 1899, Irish, British
Novelist
Maria EdgeworthMaria Edgeworth
01 January 1768, Irish, British
Writer
Naomi AldermanNaomi Alderman
1974 AD, British
Novelist

Han SuyinHan Suyin
12 September 1917, British
Midwife, Writer, Non-fiction writer

Evelyn UnderhillEvelyn Underhill
06 December 1875, British
Writer

Radclyffe HallRadclyffe Hall
12 August 1880, British
Poet
Rumer GoddenRumer Godden
10 December 1907, British
Author

Stevie SmithStevie Smith
20 September 1902, British
Poet, Illustrator, Novelist, Performer, Writer

Elinor GlynElinor Glyn
17 October 1864, British
Actor, Novelist, Writer, Screenwriter

Anna QuindlenAnna Quindlen
08 July 1953, British, American
Novelist

Dorothy WordsworthDorothy Wordsworth
25 December 1771, British
Author
Janet Miriam Holland Taylor CaldwellTaylor Caldwell
07 September 1900, British, American
Novelist

Monica AliMonica Ali
20 October 1967, British
Writer, Novelist
Beryl BainbridgeBeryl Bainbridge
21 November 1932, British
Author

Susanna MoodieSusanna Moodie
06 December 1803, Canadian, British
Author
Anita BrooknerAnita Brookner
16 July 1928, British
Author
Elizabeth von ArnimElizabeth von Arnim
31 August 1866, German, British
Writer, Novelist