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.
Charles DickensCharles Dickens
07 February 1812
Writer
J. K. RowlingJ. K. Rowling
31 July 1965
Author

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

George OrwellGeorge Orwell
25 June 1903
Writer

Roald DahlRoald Dahl
13 September 1916
Novelist, Short Story Writer

C. S. LewisC. S. Lewis
29 November 1898
Novelist
Virginia WoolfVirginia Woolf
25 January 1882
Novelist

Mary ShelleyMary Shelley
30 August 1797
Novelist

Neil GaimanNeil Gaiman
10 November 1960
Author

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

Aldous HuxleyAldous Huxley
26 July 1894
Writer
Lawrence DurrellLawrence Durrell
27 February 1912
Novelist

Ian FlemingIan Fleming
28 May 1908
Author of James Bond Series

David ThewlisDavid Thewlis
20 March 1963
Actor
Lucy HawkingLucy Hawking
02 November 1970
Journalist, Novelist, Writer

Joseph ConradJoseph Conrad
03 December 1857
Writer
D. H. LawrenceD. H. Lawrence
11 September 1885
Novelist

Kazuo IshiguroKazuo Ishiguro
08 November 1954
Nobel Prize Winner in Literature

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

E. M. ForsterE. M. Forster
01 January 1879
Writer
Alex GarlandAlex Garland
26 May 1970
Novelist, Screenwriter, Film Director

Evelyn WaughEvelyn Waugh
28 October 1903
Writer

Ben JonsonBen Jonson
11 June 1572
Dramatist, Poet & Actor

William GoldingWilliam Golding
19 September 1911
Novelist
V. S. NaipaulV. S. Naipaul
17 August 1932
Writer
Jhumpa LahiriJhumpa Lahiri
11 July 1967
Writer

Bernard CornwellBernard Cornwell
23 February 1944
Author of Historical Novels

Anthony BurgessAnthony Burgess
25 February 1917
 

Alain de BottonAlain de Botton
20 December 1969
Author
Philip LarkinPhilip Larkin
09 August 1922
Poet

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Doris LessingDoris Lessing
22 October 1919
Novelist, Short Story Writer

Anne BrontëAnne Brontë
17 January 1820
Writer

Robert GravesRobert Graves
24 July 1895
Poet & Novelist

Vera BrittainVera Brittain
29 December 1893
Writer
China MiévilleChina Miéville
06 September 1972
Author

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

Nick HornbyNick Hornby
17 April 1957
Author & Editor

Henry FieldingHenry Fielding
22 April 1707
Writer
Elizabeth GaskellElizabeth Gaskell
29 September 1810
Novelist

Aphra BehnAphra Behn
10 July 1640
Playwright
Alastair ReynoldsAlastair Reynolds
13 March 1966
Author

Lady Caroline LambLady Caroline Lamb
13 November 1785
Novelist

Jacqueline WilsonJacqueline Wilson
17 December 1945
Novelist

Jill GascoineJill Gascoine
11 April 1937
Actress

William HazlittWilliam Hazlitt
10 April 1778
English Writer & Literary Critic
Oliver GoldsmithOliver Goldsmith
10 November 1728
Novelist, Playwright, Poet

Angela CarterAngela Carter
07 May 1940
 

John BergerJohn Berger
05 November 1926
Novelist

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

Robert W. ServiceRobert W. Service
16 January 1874
Poet & Writer
Sir Arthur Conan DoyleSir Arthur Conan Doyle
22 May 1859
Writer & Physician

A. N. WilsonA. N. Wilson
27 October 1950
Writer & Columnist

Frances BurneyFrances Burney
13 June 1752
Novelist
Andrea LevyAndrea Levy
07 March 1956
Author

Cyril ConnollyCyril Connolly
10 September 1903
Literary Critic & Writer
Alan SillitoeAlan Sillitoe
04 March 1928
Writer

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

Caroline NortonCaroline Norton
22 March 1808
Author
Rose MacaulayRose Macaulay
01 August 1881
Writer

William MaughamWilliam Maugham
25 January 1874
Novelist & Playwright
Charlotte BronteCharlotte Bronte
21 April 1816
Novelist

Amy LevyAmy Levy
10 November 1861
Poet, Novelist, Essayist

Robert GreeneRobert Greene
14 May 1959
Writer, Playwright

A.P. HerbertA.P. Herbert
24 September 1890
Humorist, Novelist, Playwright & Law Reform
Paul ScottPaul Scott
25 March 1920
Novelist
Sir James Matthew BarrieSir James Matthew Barrie
09 May 1860
Writer

Richard K MorganRichard K Morgan
24 September 1965
Author

Cometan Cometan
01 July 1998
Philosopher

Philip PullmanPhilip Pullman
19 October 1946
Writer, Novelist, University teacher, Playwright,
Arthur Conan DoyleArthur Conan Doyle
22 May 1859
Physician, Writer, Poet, Cricketer, Novelist,

Percy Bysshe ShelleyPercy Bysshe Shelley
04 August 1792
Linguist, Poet, Translator, Writer, Playwright,

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

John Henry NewmanJohn Henry Newman
21 February 1801
Theologian

Terry PratchettTerry Pratchett
28 April 1948
Writer, Novelist, Journalist, Screenwriter,
Victoria CrossVictoria Cross
01 October 1868
Writer

Sheila HancockSheila Hancock
22 February 1933
Actress
Jeffrey ArcherJeffrey Archer
15 April 1940
Politician, Novelist, Writer, Playwright, Science

Jane FallonJane Fallon
09 December 1960
Novelist

Clive BarkerClive Barker
05 October 1952
Film director, Novelist, Writer, Screenwriter,
Mark GatissMark Gatiss
17 October 1966
Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter, Novelist, Voice

Lee ChildLee Child
29 October 1954
Writer, Novelist, Author
Karren BradyKarren Brady
04 April 1969
Business Women

Julian FellowesJulian Fellowes
17 August 1949
Screenwriter, Film director, Politician, Film

Ruth JonesRuth Jones
22 September 1966
Actress

Zadie SmithZadie Smith
25 October 1975
Writer, Novelist, Essayist
Alastair CampbellAlastair Campbell
25 May 1957
Journalist

Will SelfWill Self
26 September 1961
Writer, Journalist, Novelist, Science fiction
Vita Sackville-WestVita Sackville-West
09 March 1892
Writer

Ben EltonBen Elton
03 May 1959
Actor, Comedian, Novelist, Writer, Screenwriter,
Tony RobinsonTony Robinson
15 August 1946
Television producer, Television actor, Film actor,

Eve PollardEve Pollard
25 December 1945
Novelist, Journalist
E. L. JamesE. L. James
07 March 1963
Writer, Novelist