Famous British Non-Fiction Writers

Influential, aspirational and motivating are words that best describe non-fiction work. There are no fictional characters, no imaginary plots, no unreal world, no illusory consequences and no fictitious story – everything in fact is very much real, right from characters to plot, story to consequence. Most of the times non-fiction works are interpretations of real events through the eyes of the writer. As such, it is a greater task on part of non-fiction writers when it comes to writing – they have to be accurate with the information they provide. High precision and great intellect are strong characteristic features of non-fiction writers. Having said that, does non-fiction work seem like serious works of literature? In fact, just like any other genre of writing, non-fiction covers a wide range of topics, biographies to travel, history to self-help, parenting to gardening and so on. Britain has had the privilege of being the address of some of the most versatile and supremely talented non-fiction writers since centuries. These literary figures have left an ineffaceable mark on world literature with their works. James Burke, Anthony Burgess, Henry Bond, Stephen Hawking or Cedric Charles Dickens, steward of Dicken’s literary legacy, the country has predominantly produced some of the greatest non-fiction authors who enjoyed unprecedented global popularity for their works. Know in details about their life and works with this section.

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 1 Lady Colin Campbell

Lady Colin Campbell
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 17, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British

Jamaican-born British writer, socialite, and TV personality, Lady Colin Campbell, is known for publishing four books about the British royal family, including a biography of Diana, Princess of Wales. While her books about the royal family made her popular, she also faced criticism for some of her claims. She once kindled controversy for supporting sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein, on TV.

 2 Geri Halliwell

Geri Halliwell
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 6, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British

Geri Halliwell is a British singer-songwriter who achieved international fame as part of the popular girl group, The Spice Girls, which has sold more than 85 million records worldwide. Also a well-known philanthropist, Geri Halliwell has worked closely with the United Nations Population Fund, becoming its goodwill ambassador in 1998. She is widely regarded as a girl power icon.

 3 David Icke

David Icke
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: April 29, 1952
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

A popular English conspiracy theorist, David Icke has written books and delivered lectures on various theories, such as infinite dimensions, reptoid humanoids, and the Illuminati. While he has faced criticisms and accusations, he also has a large following and has influenced people who support counter-cultural movement and ancient astronaut theories.

 4 Edward Heath

Edward Heath
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Famous As: Former British Prime Minister
Birthdate: July 9, 1916
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British
Died: July 17, 2005
Edward Heath served as the British prime minister from 1970 to 1974. He reformed the local governments and introduced many metropolitan counties. He supported the European Communities and attempted to curb trade unions, with a view to deregulate the economy. He was the Father of the House for 9 years.

 5 Jeremy Thorpe

Jeremy Thorpe
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 29, 1929
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
Died: December 4, 2014

 6 Phillip Schofield

Phillip Schofield
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Famous As: Television Presenter
Birthdate: April 1, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British

Phillip Schofield is an English TV presenter. Over the years, Schofield has been playing an important role in the success of ITV's This Morning and Dancing on Ice. He is also a humanitarian as he has been serving as a patron of Shooting Star Children's Hospices, which aids families of children with terminal illnesses.

 7 Cilla Black

Cilla Black
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 27, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British
Died: August 1, 2015
Priscilla Maria Veronica White, better known as Cilla Black, is best remembered for her chart-topping hits You're My World and Anyone Who Had a Heart. She had her own show, Cilia, and also acted as a comedy actor. She later presented shows such as Blind Date and Surprise Surprise.
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 8 Jill Ireland

Jill Ireland
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 24, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British, American
Died: May 18, 1990

Jill Ireland was an English singer and actress. She is best known for working with her husband Charles Bronson in 15 films. After being diagnosed with breast cancer, Ireland started writing books chronicling her fight with cancer. She also started working with the American Cancer Society. Her fight with cancer inspired the movie Reason for Living: The Jill Ireland Story.

 9 Karl Pilkington

Karl Pilkington
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Famous As: Television Presenter, Radio Producer
Birthdate: September 23, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British

Karl Pilkington is an English comedian, television presenter, radio producer, and actor. He achieved popularity as the producer of Stephen Merchant and Ricky Gervais' radio program on Xfm. Pilkington is credited with co-founding a TV production company called RiSK Productions. Also known for his charity work, Pilkington designed and signed a card to benefit the Thomas Coram Foundation for Children.

 10 Sara Pascoe

Sara Pascoe
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: May 22, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British

 11 John Nettles

John Nettles
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 11, 1943
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British

 12 Edd China

Edd China
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Famous As: Television Presenter
Birthdate: May 9, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
Edd China is best known as the host of the Discovery Channel show Wheeler Dealers. He has also been part of Fifth Gear and Top Gear. He established Cummfy Banana Limited. After racing a motorized sofa at 148 km/h, China set a Guinness record for the fastest furniture.

 13 John Ruskin

John Ruskin
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Famous As: Art Critic and Painter
Birthdate: February 8, 1819
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British
Died: January 20, 1900

The leading English art critic of the Victorian era, John Ruskin was a hugely influential figure in the latter half of the 19th century. Also a philosopher and prominent social thinker, he wrote on varied subjects like geology, architecture, education, botany, myth, ornithology, literature, and political economy. He founded the charitable trust Guild of St George.

 14 William Morris

William Morris
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Famous As: Textile Designer, Poet
Birthdate: March 24, 1834
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
Died: October 3, 1896

William Morris was a British poet, novelist, textile designer, translator, and socialist activist. He played a major role in reviving the traditional British textile arts and the various methods of production. As a novelist and poet, Morris helped establish the fantasy genre, which is prevalent today. He is counted among the most important cultural figures of the Victorian era.

 15 Eddie the Eagle

Eddie the Eagle
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Famous As: Ski jumper
Birthdate: December 5, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British

 16 Gertrude Bell

Gertrude Bell
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Famous As: Writer, Diplomat
Birthdate: July 14, 1868
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British
Died: July 12, 1926

 17 Princess Michael of Kent

Princess Michael of Kent
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: January 15, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British

Princess, Michael of Kent, is one of the members of the British royal family. Princess Michael, who is of Hungarian, Austrian, and German noble descent, worked as an interior designer before shifting her focus towards writing. Having held a long time fascination for cheetahs, Princess Michael serves as a patron for Namibia's Cheetah Conservation Fund

 18 George Orwell

George Orwell
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: June 25, 1903
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British
Died: January 21, 1950

The king of dystopia and satire, George Orwell, the pen name adopted by Eric Arthur Blair, was a well-known novelist and critic of the 20th century. A man with a strong mind of his own, Orwell never backed down from stating his views on the socio-political climate he lived in, which he expressed profusely through his influential essays and novels.

 19 Jane Asher

Jane Asher
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 5, 1946
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
Jane Asher gained fame as a child actor and later worked in movies such as Alfie and Deep End. She has also appeared in series such as Wish Me Luck and Holby City. She supports autism-related charities, has authored three novels, and owns a cake-making company and a kitchenware brand.

 20 Evelyn Waugh

Evelyn Waugh
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 28, 1903
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British
Died: April 10, 1966

 21 Gemma Collins

Gemma Collins
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Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: January 31, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British

Reality star and entrepreneur Gemma Collins soared to fame with reality shows such as The Only Way Is Essex, I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, Celebrity Big Brother, and Dancing on Ice. She later launched her own reality franchise, Gemma Collins: Diva, and her own BBC podcast.

 22 John Le Mesurier

John Le Mesurier
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 5, 1912
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
Died: November 15, 1983

 23 V. S. Naipaul

V. S. Naipaul
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 17, 1932
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
Died: August 11, 2018

 24 Coleen Nolan

Coleen Nolan
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 12, 1965
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British

 25 Vera Brittain

Vera Brittain
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: December 29, 1893
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British
Died: March 29, 1970

 26 Alfred Douglas

Alfred Douglas
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: October 22, 1870
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British
Died: March 20, 1945

 27 Gyles Brandreth

Gyles Brandreth
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 8, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: German, British

 28 Alastair Campbell

Alastair Campbell
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: May 25, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British

 29 Mary Soames

Mary Soames
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Famous As: Youngest Child of Winston Churchill
Birthdate: September 15, 1922
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British
Died: May 31, 2014

Mary Soames was a British author and the youngest child of Winston Churchill and Clementine. From 1939 to 1941, Soames worked for several public organizations, such as the Women's Voluntary Service and Red Cross. She then joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service. In 1945, she was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), in recognition of meritorious military services.

 30 Liza Tarbuck

Liza Tarbuck
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 21, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British

Liza Tarbuck is a British actress and TV and radio presenter. The daughter of comedian, Jimmy Tarbuck, she decided to follow in her father’s footsteps. After graduating from the National Youth Theatre and RADA, she began her career with comedic roles in TV shows. She is also a radio presenter and hosts her own show.

 31 Richard Briers

Richard Briers
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 14, 1934
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British
Died: February 17, 2013
Richard Briers initially gained recognition as George Starling from Marriage Lines. He later gained fame as a narrator of the animated series Roobarb and Noah and Nelly in... SkylArk. Fans also loved him in The Good Life and Monarch of the Glen. He was also a skilled Shakespearean stage actor.

 32 Ted Koppel

Ted Koppel
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Famous As: Journalists
Birthdate: February 8, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British, American

 33 Robert Peston

Robert Peston
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: April 25, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

 34 Russell Watson

Russell Watson
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Famous As: Tenor Singer
Birthdate: November 24, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British

Russell Watson is an English tenor who came into prominence after performing God Save the Queen at the Challenge Cup Final in 1999. Apart from releasing successful albums, such as The Voice and Encore, Russell Watson has also appeared as a judge on TV shows like Last Choir Standing.

 35 Howard Marks

Howard Marks
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 13, 1945
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British, Welsh
Died: April 10, 2016

 36 James Glaisher

James Glaisher
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Famous As: Meteorologists
Birthdate: April 7, 1809
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
Died: February 7, 1903

 37 Carlton Leach

Carlton Leach
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Famous As: Author, Former Doorman, Former Football Hooligan & Bodybuilder
Birthdate: March 12, 1959
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British

 38 Stamford Raffles

Stamford Raffles
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Famous As: Former Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies
Birthdate: July 6, 1781
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Jamaican, British
Died: July 5, 1826

Stamford Raffles was a British statesman who served as the Lieutenant-Governor of the Dutch East Indies from 1811 to 1816. From 1818 to 1824, he served as the Lieutenant-Governor of Bencoolen. Raffles is best remembered for founding the Straits Settlements and modern Singapore. He also played a major role in the invasion of Java in 1811 during the Napoleonic Wars.

 39 Don Revie

Don Revie
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: July 10, 1927
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British
Died: May 26, 1989

 40 Carol McGiffin

Carol McGiffin
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Famous As: Radio Broadcaster
Birthdate: February 18, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British

 41 Ingrid Pitt

Ingrid Pitt
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 21, 1937
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Polish, British
Died: November 23, 2010

 42 Donald Sinden

Donald Sinden
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 9, 1923
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British
Died: September 12, 2014

 43 Kate O'Mara

Kate O'Mara
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 10, 1939
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
Died: March 30, 2014

 44 Vyvyan Holland

Vyvyan Holland
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 3, 1886
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British
Died: October 10, 1967

 45 Deborah Cavendish, dowager duchess of Devonshire

Deborah Cavendish, dowager duchess of Devonshire
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 31, 1920
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
Died: September 24, 2014

 46 Gertrude Jekyll

Gertrude Jekyll
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Famous As: Horticulturist, Painter, Gardener, Non-fiction writer, Botanist, Architect
Birthdate: November 29, 1843
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British
Died: December 8, 1932

 47 William Ernest Henley

William Ernest Henley
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 23, 1849
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
Died: July 11, 1903

 48 Winston Graham

Winston Graham
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: June 30, 1908
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British
Died: July 10, 2003

 49 Allegra Huston

Allegra Huston
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 26, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British, American

 50 Hudson Taylor

Hudson Taylor
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Famous As: Physician, Translator, Theologian, Non-fiction writer, Missionary, Bible translator
Birthdate: May 21, 1832
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
Died: June 3, 1905