British Female Short Story Writers

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 1 Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley.
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: August 30, 1797
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Somers Town, London, England
Died: February 1, 1851
An author who was admired for her exploration of the Gothic genre, Mary Shelley is best remembered for her novel Frankenstein. She also edited the works of her husband, Romantic poet P.B. Shelley. She lost her husband to a drowning accident and eventually passed away due to brain tumor.

 2 Jhumpa Lahiri

Jhumpa Lahiri.
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: July 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London
Jhumpa Lahiri is an Indian-American author who mainly writes mostly about the experiences faced by East Indian immigrants and also about their practices and traditions. Recipient of several awards, she received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and PEN/Hemingway Award for her first publication, Interpreter of Maladies.
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 3 P. L. Travers

P. L. Travers.
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 9, 1899
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Maryborough, Queensland, Australia
Died: April 23, 1996

Australian-British author and Shakespearean actor Pamela Lyndon Travers, known by her pseudonym, P. L. Travers, soared to fame with her Mary Poppins series of children's books. Disney later bought the rights to her Mary Poppins series and released a film version. It was later made into a Broadway play, too.

 4 Daphne du Maurier

Daphne du Maurier.
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Famous As: Novelist & playwright
Birthdate: May 13, 1907
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England
Died: April 19, 1989

Daphne du Maurier was an English playwright and author. Many of her works, which have been praised for narrative craft, have been adapted into films, including three of Alfred Hitchcock's movies. Such was her popularity that she was selected along with four other Women of Achievement to be featured on a set of British stamps, which were issued in 1996.

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 5 Doris Lessing

Doris Lessing.
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Famous As: Novelist, Short Story Writer
Birthdate: October 22, 1919
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kermanshah
Died: November 17, 2013

 6 Anne Perry

Anne Perry
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 28, 1938
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London, England, UK

Juliet Hulme, better known as Anne Perry, is the bestselling author of the widely popular William Monk and Thomas Pitt series of novels. She changed her name after a 5-year sentence for killing her friend’s mother at age 15. She has also worked as a flight attendant.

 7 Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie.
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 15, 1890
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Torquay, Devon, England
Died: January 12, 1976

Even after four decades after her death, Agatha Christie remains an influential figure in the world of literature and entertainment as most of her books continue to serve as inspiration to films, TV series, and video games. With over two billion copies of her novels sold, she holds the Guinness World Records for best-selling fiction writer of all time.

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 8 Elizabeth Gaskell

Elizabeth Gaskell.
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: September 29, 1810
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chelsea
Died: November 12, 1865

 9 Dorothy L. Sayers

Dorothy L. Sayers.
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 13, 1893
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Witham, Essex, England
Died: December 17, 1957

 10 Kate Atkinson

Kate Atkinson
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: December 20, 1951
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: York, England

 11 Elizabeth Bowen

Elizabeth Bowen
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: June 7, 1899
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: February 22, 1973

 12 Jean Rhys

Jean Rhys
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 24, 1890
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Roseau, Dominica, British West Indies
Died: May 14, 1979

Born in Dominica, to a Welsh father and a Creole mother, Jean Rhys grew up to be a celebrated author. She soared to fame with her novel Wide Sargasso Sea, which was inspired by the tale of Jane Eyre’s “madwoman in the attic.” She died before completing her memoir.

 13 Mary Stewart

Mary Stewart
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: September 17, 1916
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sunderland, England
Died: May 9, 2014

 14 Radclyffe Hall

Radclyffe Hall
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 12, 1880
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Died: October 7, 1943

 15 Rose Tremain

Rose Tremain
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: August 2, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England

 16 Penelope Lively

Penelope Lively
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: March 17, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt

 17 Susanna Moodie

Susanna Moodie
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: December 6, 1803
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bungay, England
Died: April 8, 1885

English-Canadian writer Susanna Moodie is best known for her realistic depictions of her life in “the bush” or the wilderness of Canada, which was a British colony back in her time. Her most popular work remains Roughing it in the Bush. She had initially also penned several children’s stories.

 18 Anna Kavan

Anna Kavan
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: April 10, 1901
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cannes, France
Died: December 5, 1968
Author Helen Ferguson gained fame as Anna Kavan later, a name she had taken up as her legal identity and not as a pseudonym. Known for her works such as I Am Lazarus, she was engulfed by mental disorders and drug addiction and had even attempted suicide multiple times. 

 19 Eliza Haywood

Eliza Haywood
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Famous As: British author
Birthdate: 1693 AD
Birthplace: England
Died: February 25, 1756

 20 Charlotte Mew

Charlotte Mew
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: November 15, 1869
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London, England
Died: March 24, 1928

 21 Penelope Gilliatt

Penelope Gilliatt
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: March 25, 1932
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London, England
Died: May 9, 1993

 22 Angela Thirkell

Angela Thirkell
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: January 30, 1890
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kensington, London, England
Died: January 29, 1961

 23 Sara Coleridge

Sara Coleridge
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: December 23, 1802
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cumberland, England
Died: May 3, 1852

 24 Amy Levy

Amy Levy.
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Famous As: Poet, Novelist, Essayist
Birthdate: November 10, 1861
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London, Clapham
Died: September 10, 1889

New Woman novelist and poet Amy Levy made history when she became the second Jewish female student at Cambridge and the first Jewish female at Newnham College. Depressed since an early age, she eventually committed suicide by inhaling carbon monoxide. She is best remembered for her dramatic monologue Xantippe.

 25 May Sinclair

May Sinclair
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 24, 1863
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rock Ferry, England
Died: November 14, 1946

 26 Lucy Boston

Lucy Boston
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: 1892 AD
Birthplace: Southport, England
Died: 1990 AD

 27 Elizabeth Jolley

Elizabeth Jolley
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Famous As: Australian author
Birthdate: June 4, 1923
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Birmingham, England
Died: February 13, 2007

 28 Jean Ingelow

Jean Ingelow
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: March 17, 1820
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Boston, England
Died: July 20, 1897

 29 Antonia White

Antonia White
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 1, 1899
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England
Died: April 10, 1980

 30 Elaine Feinstein

Elaine Feinstein
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: October 24, 1930
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bootle, England
Died: September 23, 2019
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 31 Elizabeth Jenkins

Elizabeth Jenkins
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: October 31, 1905
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hitchin, England
Died: September 5, 2010

 32 Sana Safi

Sana Safi
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Famous As: Journalist, Television presenter
Birthdate: 1989 AD
Birthplace: Kabul, Afghanistan

 33 Jan Mark

Jan Mark
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 22, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Welwyn Garden City, England
Died: January 16, 2006

 34 Julia O'Faolain

Julia O'Faolain
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: 1932 AD
Birthplace: London, England

 35 Josephine Bell

Josephine Bell
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: December 8, 1897
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Manchester, England
Died: April 24, 1987

 36 Ella D'Arcy

Ella D'Arcy
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 23, 1857
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: September 5, 1937

 37 Marina Warner

Marina Warner
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Famous As: Writer, Educator
Birthdate: November 9, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paddington, Middlesex, England

 38 Mitzi Szereto

Mitzi Szereto
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: United States

 39 Helen Oyeyemi

Helen Oyeyemi
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: December 10, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ibadan, Nigeria

 40 Rosalind Wade

Rosalind Wade
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: 1909 AD
Birthplace: England
Died: 1989 AD

 41 F. M. Mayor

F. M. Mayor
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 20, 1872
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kingston Hill, Surrey, England
Died: January 28, 1932

 42 Joan Givner

Joan Givner
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Famous As: Writer, Autobiographer, Essayist, Biographer, Children's writer
Birthdate: September 5, 1936
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Manchester, United Kingdom

 43 Tania Glyde

Tania Glyde
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: United Kingdom

 44 Lady Sybil Grant

Lady Sybil Grant
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Famous As: Artist, Writer, Poet
Birthdate: September 18, 1879
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: United Kingdom
Died: February 25, 1955