Long before the world of technology gifted facilities such as the television and internet to the world, novels were one of the sources of recreation. Many modern day intellectuals and thinkers thank these novelists for influencing the world through their literary works. English novels written by authors of British descent, even as early as the eighteenth century, continue to be popular even today. Many of these authors have become immortal, owing to their magnificent creation of art. Although hundreds of writers have contributed greatly towards English literature, there are quite a few household names. Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, George Eliot, Thomas Hardy and Virginia Woolf are individuals who have produced classics such as ‘The Great Expectations’ and ‘Pride and Prejudice’ etc. Amongst the contemporary novelists, Salman Rushdie is a popular man from the literary world who made waves for his controversial creation, ‘The Satanic Verses’. The book hurt the religious sentiments of many, and was considered by many to be an exploitation of the freedom given to novelists to express their thoughts. Glance through these biographies of some of the most famous novelists from Britain. Know everything about their life stories, timelines and also a few interesting facts & trivia related to their lives.
Roald DahlRoald Dahl
13 September 1916
Novelist
J. K. RowlingJ. K. Rowling
31 July 1965
Author

Charles DickensCharles Dickens
07 February 1812
Writer

J. R. R. TolkienJ. R. R. Tolkien
03 January 1892
Writer

George OrwellGeorge Orwell
25 June 1903
Novelist

C. S. LewisC. S. Lewis
29 November 1898
Writer
Mary ShelleyMary Shelley
30 August 1797
Novelist

Aleister CrowleyAleister Crowley
12 October 1875
Occultist

David ThewlisDavid Thewlis
20 March 1963
Actor
Virginia WoolfVirginia Woolf
25 January 1882
Novelist

Ian FlemingIan Fleming
28 May 1908
Author of James Bond Series
Neil GaimanNeil Gaiman
10 November 1960
Author

Salman RushdieSalman Rushdie
19 June 1947
British-Indian novelist

Aldous HuxleyAldous Huxley
26 July 1894
Writer

Sir Arthur Conan DoyleSir Arthur Conan Doyle
22 May 1859
Writer & Physician

David McCallumDavid McCallum
19 September 1933
Actor
H. G. WellsH. G. Wells
21 September 1866
Writer

Lucy HawkingLucy Hawking
02 November 1970
Journalist, Novelist, Writer

Joseph ConradJoseph Conrad
03 December 1857
Writer

Charlotte BronteCharlotte Bronte
21 April 1816
Novelist
P. L. TraversP. L. Travers
09 August 1899
Writer

Jane AsherJane Asher
05 April 1946
Actress
Emily BrontëEmily Brontë
30 July 1818
Novelist

D. H. LawrenceD. H. Lawrence
11 September 1885
Novelist

Kazuo IshiguroKazuo Ishiguro
08 November 1954
Nobel Prize Winner in Literature
Alex GarlandAlex Garland
26 May 1970
Novelist, Screenwriter, Film Director

Sir James Matthew BarrieSir James Matthew Barrie
09 May 1860
Writer
Jill GascoineJill Gascoine
11 April 1937
Actress

Robert GreeneRobert Greene
14 May 1959
Writer, Playwright

Bernard CornwellBernard Cornwell
23 February 1944
Author of Historical Novels
E. M. ForsterE. M. Forster
01 January 1879
Writer

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Lawrence DurrellLawrence Durrell
27 February 1912
Novelist
Evelyn WaughEvelyn Waugh
28 October 1903
Writer

Doris LessingDoris Lessing
22 October 1919
Novelist, Short Story Writer

Anthony BurgessAnthony Burgess
25 February 1917
 

William GoldingWilliam Golding
19 September 1911
Novelist
Jhumpa LahiriJhumpa Lahiri
11 July 1967
Writer
Nick HornbyNick Hornby
17 April 1957
Author & Editor

Alain de BottonAlain de Botton
20 December 1969
Author

Frances Hodgson BurnettFrances Hodgson Burnett
24 November 1849
Novelist

Ben JonsonBen Jonson
11 June 1572
Dramatist, Poet & Actor
Anne BrontëAnne Brontë
17 January 1820
Writer

V. S. NaipaulV. S. Naipaul
17 August 1932
Writer

Philip LarkinPhilip Larkin
09 August 1922
Poet

Robert GravesRobert Graves
24 July 1895
Poet & Novelist

J. B. PriestleyJ. B. Priestley
13 September 1894
Novelist and Playwright
Dorothy L. SayersDorothy L. Sayers
13 June 1893
Writer

P. D. JamesP. D. James
03 August 1920
Writer
China MiévilleChina Miéville
06 September 1972
Author

Jacqueline WilsonJacqueline Wilson
17 December 1945
Novelist

Anthony TrollopeAnthony Trollope
24 April 1815
Novelist
Elizabeth GaskellElizabeth Gaskell
29 September 1810
Novelist

Henry FieldingHenry Fielding
22 April 1707
Writer
Vera BrittainVera Brittain
29 December 1893
Writer

Lady Caroline LambLady Caroline Lamb
13 November 1785
Novelist

Aphra BehnAphra Behn
10 July 1640
Playwright

Alastair ReynoldsAlastair Reynolds
13 March 1966
Author

Angela CarterAngela Carter
07 May 1940
 
Richard K MorganRichard K Morgan
24 September 1965
Author

John BergerJohn Berger
05 November 1926
Novelist

Oliver GoldsmithOliver Goldsmith
10 November 1728
Novelist, Playwright, Poet

H. Rider HaggardH. Rider Haggard
22 June 1856
Writer
William MaughamWilliam Maugham
25 January 1874
Novelist & Playwright

Thomas De QuinceyThomas De Quincey
15 August 1785
Essayist
John FowlesJohn Fowles
31 March 1926
Writer & Teacher

William HazlittWilliam Hazlitt
10 April 1778
English Writer & Literary Critic

Andrea LevyAndrea Levy
07 March 1956
Author
Robert W. ServiceRobert W. Service
16 January 1874
Poet & Writer

Frances BurneyFrances Burney
13 June 1752
Novelist
A. N. WilsonA. N. Wilson
27 October 1950
Writer & Columnist

H. E. BatesH. E. Bates
16 May 1905
Short Story Writer

Alan SillitoeAlan Sillitoe
04 March 1928
Writer
Caroline NortonCaroline Norton
22 March 1808
Author

Cyril ConnollyCyril Connolly
10 September 1903
Literary Critic & Writer
Al AlvarezAl Alvarez
05 August 1929
Poet

Rose MacaulayRose Macaulay
01 August 1881
Writer

Paul ScottPaul Scott
25 March 1920
Novelist

A.P. HerbertA.P. Herbert
24 September 1890
Humorist, Novelist, Playwright & Law Reform
Amy LevyAmy Levy
10 November 1861
Poet, Novelist, Essayist
Cometan Cometan
01 July 1998
Philosopher

John Le CarréJohn Le Carré
19 October 1931
Novelist

Lady Colin CampbellLady Colin Campbell
17 August 1949
writer, autobiographer, biographer

Percy Bysshe ShelleyPercy Bysshe Shelley
04 August 1792
Linguist, Poet, Translator, Writer, Playwright,
Philip PullmanPhilip Pullman
19 October 1946
Writer, Novelist, University teacher, Playwright,

Coleen NolanColeen Nolan
12 March 1965
Singer

Ruth JonesRuth Jones
22 September 1966
Actress

Sheila HancockSheila Hancock
22 February 1933
Actress

Terry PratchettTerry Pratchett
28 April 1948
Humorist
John BarrowmanJohn Barrowman
11 March 1967
Actor

Kay BurleyKay Burley
17 December 1960
Journalist, Presenter, Novelist
Ken FollettKen Follett
05 June 1949
Writer, Novelist

Jeffrey ArcherJeffrey Archer
15 April 1940
Politician, Novelist, Writer, Playwright, Science
Lee ChildLee Child
29 October 1954
Author
Mark GatissMark Gatiss
17 October 1966
Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter, Novelist, Voice