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

J. K. RowlingJ. K. Rowling

31 July 1965

Mary ShelleyMary Shelley

30 August 1797

Roald DahlRoald Dahl

13 September 1916

Charles DickensCharles Dickens

07 February 1812

George OrwellGeorge Orwell

25 June 1903

Neil GaimanNeil Gaiman

10 November 1960

David McCallumDavid McCallum

19 September 1933

C. S. LewisC. S. Lewis

29 November 1898

Ian FlemingIan Fleming

28 May 1908

H. G. WellsH. G. Wells

21 September 1866

Aldous HuxleyAldous Huxley

26 July 1894

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Lucy HawkingLucy Hawking

02 November 1970

D. H. LawrenceD. H. Lawrence

11 September 1885

Joseph ConradJoseph Conrad

03 December 1857

Emily BrontëEmily Brontë

30 July 1818

Kazuo IshiguroKazuo Ishiguro

08 November 1954

Jane AsherJane Asher

05 April 1946

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E. M. ForsterE. M. Forster

01 January 1879

William GoldingWilliam Golding

19 September 1911

Alex GarlandAlex Garland

26 May 1970

Anthony BurgessAnthony Burgess

25 February 1917

Jhumpa LahiriJhumpa Lahiri

11 July 1967

J. B. PriestleyJ. B. Priestley

13 September 1894

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V. S. NaipaulV. S. Naipaul

17 August 1932

Bernard CornwellBernard Cornwell

23 February 1944

Ben JonsonBen Jonson

11 June 1572

Philip LarkinPhilip Larkin

09 August 1922

Anne BrontëAnne Brontë

17 January 1820

Doris LessingDoris Lessing

22 October 1919

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Alain de BottonAlain de Botton

20 December 1969

Robert GravesRobert Graves

24 July 1895

Nick HornbyNick Hornby

17 April 1957

Elizabeth GaskellElizabeth Gaskell

29 September 1810

Jacqueline WilsonJacqueline Wilson

17 December 1945

Henry FieldingHenry Fielding

22 April 1707

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Angela CarterAngela Carter

07 May 1940

Oliver GoldsmithOliver Goldsmith

10 November 1728

Jill GascoineJill Gascoine

11 April 1937

Aphra BehnAphra Behn

10 July 1640

William HazlittWilliam Hazlitt

10 April 1778

John BergerJohn Berger

05 November 1926

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John FowlesJohn Fowles

31 March 1926

Caroline NortonCaroline Norton

22 March 1808

Robert W. ServiceRobert W. Service

16 January 1874

Thomas De QuinceyThomas De Quincey

15 August 1785

A. N. WilsonA. N. Wilson

27 October 1950

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Frances BurneyFrances Burney

13 June 1752

H. E. BatesH. E. Bates

16 May 1905

Alan SillitoeAlan Sillitoe

04 March 1928

Cyril ConnollyCyril Connolly

10 September 1903

Charlotte BronteCharlotte Bronte

21 April 1816

Rose MacaulayRose Macaulay

01 August 1881

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William MaughamWilliam Maugham

25 January 1874

Amy LevyAmy Levy

10 November 1861

A.P. HerbertA.P. Herbert

24 September 1890

Paul ScottPaul Scott

25 March 1920

Percy Bysshe ShelleyPercy Bysshe Shelley

04 August 1792

Arthur Conan DoyleArthur Conan Doyle

22 May 1859

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Lawrence DurrellLawrence Durrell

27 February 1912

Terry PratchettTerry Pratchett

28 April 1948

Tony RobinsonTony Robinson

15 August 1946

Mark GatissMark Gatiss

17 October 1966

G. K. ChestertonG. K. Chesterton

29 May 1874

E. L. JamesE. L. James

07 March 1963

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Jeffrey ArcherJeffrey Archer

15 April 1940

Ian McEwanIan McEwan

21 June 1948

Lady Colin CampbellLady Colin Campbell

17 August 1949

Clive BarkerClive Barker

05 October 1952

Philip PullmanPhilip Pullman

19 October 1946

W. Somerset MaughamW. Somerset Maugham

25 January 1874

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Lee ChildLee Child

29 October 1954

Will SelfWill Self

26 September 1961

Ben EltonBen Elton

03 May 1959

Evelyn WaughEvelyn Waugh

28 October 1903

Ken FollettKen Follett

05 June 1949

Zadie SmithZadie Smith

25 October 1975

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Philippa GregoryPhilippa Gregory

09 January 1954

Stefan ZweigStefan Zweig

28 November 1881

Anthony HorowitzAnthony Horowitz

05 April 1955