British Female Short Story Writers

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Anne Perry
(Author of Historical Detective Fiction, Best Known for Her 'Thomas Pitt' and 'William Monk' Series)
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Birthdate: October 28, 1938
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Blackheath, London, England

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.

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Elizabeth Gaskell
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Birthdate: September 29, 1810
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chelsea, England
Died: November 12, 1865
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Angela Carter
(Author of 'The Bloody Chamber' and 'Nights at the Circus')
Angela Carter
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Birthdate: May 7, 1940
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Eastbourne, England
Died: February 16, 1992
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Agatha Christie
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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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Dorothy L. Sayers
(English crime writer and poet.)
Dorothy L. Sayers
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Birthdate: June 13, 1893
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Oxford, England
Died: December 17, 1957
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Kate Atkinson
(Novelist)
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Birthdate: December 20, 1951
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: York, England
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Elizabeth Bowen
(Novelist)
Elizabeth Bowen
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Birthdate: June 7, 1899
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: February 22, 1973
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Jean Rhys
(British Novelist Best Known for Her Novel 'Wide Sargasso Sea')
Jean Rhys
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Birthdate: August 24, 1890
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Roseau, Dominica
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.

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P. L. Travers
(Best Known as the Author of 'Mary Poppins' Series of Books)
P. L. Travers
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Birthdate: August 9, 1899
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Maryborough, 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.

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Mary Stewart
(Author)
Mary Stewart
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Birthdate: September 17, 1916
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sunderland, England
Died: May 9, 2014
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Radclyffe Hall
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Birthdate: August 12, 1880
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Died: October 7, 1943
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Rose Tremain
(Novelist)
Rose Tremain
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Birthdate: August 2, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England
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Penelope Lively
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Birthdate: March 17, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt
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Susanna Moodie
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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.

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Helen Oyeyemi
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Birthdate: December 10, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ibadan, Nigeria
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Anna Kavan
(Novelist)
Anna Kavan
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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. 
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Eliza Haywood
(British author)
Eliza Haywood
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Birthdate: 1693 AD
Birthplace: England
Died: February 25, 1756
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Marina Warner
(Writer, Educator)
Marina Warner
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Birthdate: November 9, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paddington, Middlesex, England
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Charlotte Mew
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Birthdate: November 15, 1869
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London, England
Died: March 24, 1928
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Angela Thirkell
(Novelist)
Angela Thirkell
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Birthdate: January 30, 1890
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kensington, London, England
Died: January 29, 1961
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Penelope Gilliatt
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Birthdate: March 25, 1932
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London, England
Died: May 9, 1993
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Sara Coleridge
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Birthdate: December 23, 1802
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cumberland, England
Died: May 3, 1852
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Amy Levy
(Poet, Novelist, Essayist)
Amy Levy
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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.

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May Sinclair
(Writer)
May Sinclair
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Birthdate: August 24, 1863
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rock Ferry, England
Died: November 14, 1946
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Lucy Boston
(Author)
Lucy Boston
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Birthdate: 1892 AD
Birthplace: Southport, England
Died: 1990 AD
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Elizabeth Jolley
(Australian author)
Elizabeth Jolley
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Birthdate: June 4, 1923
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Birmingham, England
Died: February 13, 2007

Elizabeth Jolley was an English-born Australian author who wrote 15 novels, three non-fiction books, and four short story collections after beginning to write at the age of 53. Jolley, who achieved significant critical acclaim for her work, also taught at Curtin University where she mentored several writers like Tim Winton. She also won several awards like National Book Council Award.

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Phyllis Bottome
(Former Novelist known for four of her works—Private Worlds, The Mortal Storm, Danger Signal, and The Heart of a Child—were adapted to film)
Phyllis Bottome
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Birthdate: May 31, 1884
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rochester, United Kingdom
Died: August 22, 1963
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Antonia White
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Birthdate: March 1, 1899
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England
Died: April 10, 1980
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Jean Ingelow
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Birthdate: March 17, 1820
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Boston, England
Died: July 20, 1897
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Elaine Feinstein
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Birthdate: October 24, 1930
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bootle, England
Died: September 23, 2019
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Sana Safi
(Journalist, Television presenter)
Sana Safi
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Birthdate: 1989 AD
Birthplace: Kabul, Afghanistan
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Elizabeth Jenkins
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Birthdate: October 31, 1905
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hitchin, England
Died: September 5, 2010
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Lady Sybil Grant
(Artist, Writer, Poet)
Lady Sybil Grant
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Birthdate: September 18, 1879
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: United Kingdom
Died: February 25, 1955
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Jan Mark
(Writer)
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Birthdate: June 22, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Welwyn Garden City, England
Died: January 16, 2006
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Julia O'Faolain
(Novelist)
Julia O'Faolain
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Birthdate: 1932 AD
Birthplace: London, England
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F. M. Mayor
(Writer)
F. M. Mayor
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Birthdate: October 20, 1872
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kingston Hill, Surrey, England
Died: January 28, 1932
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Mitzi Szereto
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Birthplace: United States
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Josephine Bell
(Physician)
Josephine Bell
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Birthdate: December 8, 1897
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Manchester, England
Died: April 24, 1987
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Ella D'Arcy
(Writer)
Ella D'Arcy
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Birthdate: August 23, 1857
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: September 5, 1937
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Rosalind Wade
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Birthdate: 1909 AD
Birthplace: England
Died: 1989 AD
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Joan Givner
(Writer, Autobiographer, Essayist, Biographer, Children's writer)
Joan Givner
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Birthdate: September 5, 1936
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Manchester, United Kingdom
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Tania Glyde
(Journalist)
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Birthplace: United Kingdom