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.
J. R. R. TolkienJ. R. R. Tolkien
03 January 1892
Writer
J. K. RowlingJ. K. Rowling
31 July 1965
Author

Neil GaimanNeil Gaiman
10 November 1960
Author

Charles DickensCharles Dickens
07 February 1812
Writer

George OrwellGeorge Orwell
25 June 1903
Writer

Roald DahlRoald Dahl
13 September 1916
Novelist, Short Story Writer
Mary ShelleyMary Shelley
30 August 1797
Novelist

C. S. LewisC. S. Lewis
29 November 1898
Novelist

David McCallumDavid McCallum
19 September 1933
Actor

Ian FlemingIan Fleming
28 May 1908
Author of James Bond Series
Aldous HuxleyAldous Huxley
26 July 1894
Writer

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

Emily BrontëEmily Brontë
30 July 1818
Novelist
D. H. LawrenceD. H. Lawrence
11 September 1885
Novelist

Jane AsherJane Asher
05 April 1946
Actress
Kazuo IshiguroKazuo Ishiguro
08 November 1954
Nobel Prize Winner in Literature

E. M. ForsterE. M. Forster
01 January 1879
Writer

Alex GarlandAlex Garland
26 May 1970
Novelist, Screenwriter, Film Director
William GoldingWilliam Golding
19 September 1911
Novelist

Bernard CornwellBernard Cornwell
23 February 1944
Author of Historical Novels
Jhumpa LahiriJhumpa Lahiri
11 July 1967
Writer

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

Ben JonsonBen Jonson
11 June 1572
Dramatist, Poet & Actor

Anthony BurgessAnthony Burgess
25 February 1917
 
Philip LarkinPhilip Larkin
09 August 1922
Poet
Anne BrontëAnne Brontë
17 January 1820
Writer

Alain de BottonAlain de Botton
20 December 1969
Author

Doris LessingDoris Lessing
22 October 1919
Novelist, Short Story Writer

Robert GravesRobert Graves
24 July 1895
Poet & Novelist
Nick HornbyNick Hornby
17 April 1957
Author & Editor

J. B. PriestleyJ. B. Priestley
13 September 1894
Novelist and Playwright

Elizabeth GaskellElizabeth Gaskell
29 September 1810
Novelist

Jacqueline WilsonJacqueline Wilson
17 December 1945
Novelist

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Jill GascoineJill Gascoine
11 April 1937
Actress
Oliver GoldsmithOliver Goldsmith
10 November 1728
Novelist, Playwright, Poet

Henry FieldingHenry Fielding
22 April 1707
Writer
Angela CarterAngela Carter
07 May 1940
 

Aphra BehnAphra Behn
10 July 1640
Playwright

John BergerJohn Berger
05 November 1926
Novelist
William HazlittWilliam Hazlitt
10 April 1778
English Writer & Literary Critic

John FowlesJohn Fowles
31 March 1926
Writer & Teacher
Robert W. ServiceRobert W. Service
16 January 1874
Poet & Writer

Thomas De QuinceyThomas De Quincey
15 August 1785
Essayist

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

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

H. E. BatesH. E. Bates
16 May 1905
Short Story Writer
Frances BurneyFrances Burney
13 June 1752
Novelist

Caroline NortonCaroline Norton
22 March 1808
Author

Cyril ConnollyCyril Connolly
10 September 1903
Literary Critic & Writer

Alan SillitoeAlan Sillitoe
04 March 1928
Writer
Charlotte BronteCharlotte Bronte
21 April 1816
Novelist

Rose MacaulayRose Macaulay
01 August 1881
Writer
William MaughamWilliam Maugham
25 January 1874
Novelist & Playwright

Amy LevyAmy Levy
10 November 1861
Poet, Novelist, Essayist

Paul ScottPaul Scott
25 March 1920
Novelist
A.P. HerbertA.P. Herbert
24 September 1890
Humorist, Novelist, Playwright & Law Reform

Cometan Cometan
01 July 1998
Philosopher
Terry PratchettTerry Pratchett
28 April 1948
Writer, Novelist, Journalist, Screenwriter,

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

Arthur Conan DoyleArthur Conan Doyle
22 May 1859
Physician, Writer, Poet, Cricketer, Novelist,
Lawrence DurrellLawrence Durrell
27 February 1912
Novelist

Jeffrey ArcherJeffrey Archer
15 April 1940
Politician, Novelist, Writer, Playwright, Science
Tony RobinsonTony Robinson
15 August 1946
Television producer, Television actor, Film actor,

G. K. ChestertonG. K. Chesterton
29 May 1874
Journalist, Poet, Novelist, Autobiographer,

Philip PullmanPhilip Pullman
19 October 1946
Writer, Novelist, University teacher, Playwright,

Mark GatissMark Gatiss
17 October 1966
Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter, Novelist, Voice
Clive BarkerClive Barker
05 October 1952
Film director, Novelist, Writer, Screenwriter,
E. L. JamesE. L. James
07 March 1963
Writer, Novelist

Lee ChildLee Child
29 October 1954
Writer, Novelist, Author

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

W. Somerset MaughamW. Somerset Maugham
25 January 1874
Playwright, Novelist, Writer, Screenwriter
Evelyn WaughEvelyn Waugh
28 October 1903
War correspondent, Novelist, Writer,

Philippa GregoryPhilippa Gregory
09 January 1954
Novelist, Writer

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

Ken FollettKen Follett
05 June 1949
Writer, Novelist

Ian McEwanIan McEwan
21 June 1948
Writer, Screenwriter, Novelist, Playwright, Film
Anthony HorowitzAnthony Horowitz
05 April 1955
Screenwriter, Writer, Novelist, Children's writer

Stefan ZweigStefan Zweig
28 November 1881
Writer, Translator, Journalist, Playwright, Poet,
Iain BanksIain Banks
16 February 1954
Science fiction writer, Novelist, Writer

Zadie SmithZadie Smith
25 October 1975
Writer, Novelist, Essayist

Dante Gabriel RossettiDante Gabriel Rossetti
12 May 1828
Poet, Illustrator, Painter, Writer, Artist,
J. G. BallardJ. G. Ballard
15 November 1930
Novelist, Writer, Autobiographer, Screenwriter,

Ben EltonBen Elton
03 May 1959
Actor, Comedian, Novelist, Writer, Screenwriter,
Meera SyalMeera Syal
27 June 1961
Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter, Film producer,

Michael RosenMichael Rosen
07 May 1946
Writer, Children's writer, YouTuber, Novelist,

Irvine WelshIrvine Welsh
27 September 1958
Writer, Screenwriter, Novelist, Playwright,

Hilary MantelHilary Mantel
06 July 1952
Writer, Novelist, Essayist, Film critic, Poet
Herbert LomHerbert Lom
11 September 1917
Television actor, Film actor, Actor, Novelist,

Dorothy L. SayersDorothy L. Sayers
13 June 1893
Writer, Translator, Novelist, Playwright,
Martin AmisMartin Amis
25 August 1949
Novelist, Science fiction writer, Short story

Ian RankinIan Rankin
28 April 1960
Writer, Novelist

Kay BurleyKay Burley
17 December 1960
Journalist, Presenter, Novelist

Warren EllisWarren Ellis
16 February 1968
Journalist, Writer, Science fiction writer
Andy McNabAndy McNab
28 December 1959
Writer, Autobiographer, Novelist, Soldier