Famous British Short Story Writers

Short stories are a form of literature which has heavily influenced visual forms of art such as cinema and television. Many screenwriters have even managed to weave successful screenplays based on such short stories. The compilation of short stories written by famous authors such as Anton Chekhov and Charles Dickens continue to woo the reader worldwide, even till date. Apart from the legendary Dickens, Joseph Conrad, Diana Athill, and Roald Dahl are some of the iconic short story writers produced by Great Britain. Roald Dahl became a world known figure through the various short stories he had written targeted for children. A few of his famous works include ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, ‘The Gremlins’ and ‘The Witches’. Although they were written many years ago, the stories of these great writers mesmerize the minds of many readers even today. Amongst the modern day writers, individuals like Craig Russell are continually creating waves in the world literary circuits through his works such as ‘Blood Eagle’, ‘Brother Grimm’ and ‘The Carnival Master’. Here we bring you a collection of biographies of famous Briton short story writers. Explore this page to know more about their timelines, life stories, and interesting trivia & facts related to their lives.

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 1 Ian Fleming

Ian Fleming
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Famous As: Author of James Bond Series
Birthdate: May 28, 1908
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British
Died: August 12, 1964

Ian Fleming was a British writer, naval intelligence officer, and journalist. Fleming is credited with creating one of the most popular characters of all time, James Bond. His James Bond series of novels have sold more than 100 million copies, making them one of the best-selling fictional book series in history. Jamaica’s Ian Fleming International Airport is named after him.

 2 Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: November 10, 1960
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British
Author Neil Gaiman has written numerous novels, short stories, film scripts, and comics. He has won the Hugo, Bram Stoker, and Nebula awards, and the Carnegie and Newbery medals. Some of his best works are American Gods, Stardust, The Graveyard Book, and the comic series The Sandman

 3 Aldous Huxley

Aldous Huxley
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: July 26, 1894
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British, American
Died: November 22, 1963

English writer and philosopher Aldous Huxley wrote countless books, including novels, short stories, non-fiction, and poems. He is best remembered for his science-fiction novels Brave New World and Island. The seven-time Nobel Prize nominee was also a Companion of Literature of the Royal Society of Literature and a Vedanta believer.

 4 Evelyn Waugh

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

 5 Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: September 13, 1916
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British
Died: November 23, 1990

British writer, Roald Dahl, is considered as one of the greatest children’s authors. He is one of the best-selling authors of all-time and had a career spanning decades. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, The Witches, The Twits and Matilda are some of his classic works. He also wrote short stories and novels meant for adults.

 6 Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 15, 1890
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British
Died: January 12, 1976

Even after four decades after her death, Agatha Christie remains an influential figure in the world of literature and entertainment as most of her books continue to serve as inspiration to films, TV series, and video games. With over two billion copies of her novels sold, she holds the Guinness World Records for best-selling fiction writer of all time.

 7 Kazuo Ishiguro

Kazuo Ishiguro
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Famous As: Nobel Prize Winner in Literature
Birthdate: November 8, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British
Nobel Prize-winning British-Asian author Sir Kazuo Ishiguro also won the Man Booker Prize for the novel The Remains of the Day. Time named his Never Let Me Go the best novel of 2005. He has also penned several screenplays and songs, and is known for his signature first-person narrative style.
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 8 E. M. Forster

E. M. Forster
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: January 1, 1879
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British
Died: June 7, 1970

 9 Anne Perry

Anne Perry
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 28, 1938
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British

 10 Piers Anthony

Piers Anthony
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: August 6, 1934
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British, American

 11 Doris Lessing

Doris Lessing
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Famous As: Novelist, Short Story Writer
Birthdate: October 22, 1919
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British
Died: November 17, 2013

 12 Saki

Saki
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: December 18, 1870
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British
Died: November 13, 1916

 13 Martin Amis

Martin Amis
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Famous As: Novelist, Science fiction writer, Short story writer, University teacher, Memoirist, Writer, Screenwriter
Birthdate: August 25, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British

 14 Rupert Holmes

Rupert Holmes
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: February 24, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British, American

 15 Dorothy L. Sayers

Dorothy L. Sayers
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 13, 1893
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British
Died: December 17, 1957

 16 Elizabeth Gaskell

Elizabeth Gaskell
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: September 29, 1810
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British
Died: November 12, 1865

 17 Kate Atkinson

Kate Atkinson
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: December 20, 1951
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British

 18 Winston Graham

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

 19 T. H. White

T. H. White
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: May 29, 1906
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British
Died: January 17, 1964

 20 Walter de La Mare

Walter de La Mare
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: April 25, 1873
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
Died: June 22, 1956

 21 Peter Ackroyd

Peter Ackroyd
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 5, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British

 22 William Boyd

William Boyd
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: March 7, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Ghanaian, British

 23 Mary Stewart

Mary Stewart
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: September 17, 1916
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British
Died: May 9, 2014

 24 Brian Wilson Aldiss

Brian Wilson Aldiss
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 18, 1925
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
Died: August 19, 2017

 25 Edward Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany

Edward Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany
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Famous As: Dramatist
Birthdate: July 24, 1878
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Irish, British
Died: October 25, 1957

 26 Radclyffe Hall

Radclyffe Hall
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 12, 1880
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
Died: October 7, 1943

 27 W.W. Jacobs

W.W. Jacobs
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 8, 1863
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British
Died: September 1, 1943

 28 Elizabeth Bowen

Elizabeth Dorothea Cole Bowen
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: June 7, 1899
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Irish, British
Died: February 22, 1973

 29 William Trevor

William Trevor
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: May 24, 1928
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Irish, British
Died: November 20, 2016

 30 George Gissing

George Gissing
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: November 22, 1857
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British
Died: December 28, 1903

 31 L.P. Hartley

L.P. Hartley
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: December 30, 1895
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British
Died: December 13, 1972

 32 David Garnett

David Garnett
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 9, 1892
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British
Died: February 17, 1981

 33 H. E. Bates

H. E. Bates
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Famous As: Short Story Writer
Birthdate: May 16, 1905
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
Died: January 29, 1974

 34 E.F. Benson

E.F. Benson
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: July 24, 1867
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
Died: February 29, 1940

 35 Alan Sillitoe

Alan Sillitoe
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 4, 1928
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British
Died: April 25, 2010

 36 Rose Tremain

Rose Tremain
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: August 2, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British

 37 Graham Swift

Graham Swift
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: May 4, 1949
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

 38 Alfred Noyes

Alfred Noyes
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: September 16, 1880
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British
Died: June 28, 1958

 39 Penelope Lively

Penelope Lively
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: March 17, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British

 40 Ernest Dowson

Ernest Dowson
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 2, 1867
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
Died: February 23, 1900

 41 Hall Caine

Hall Caine
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: May 14, 1853
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
Died: August 31, 1931

 42 Anna Kavan

Anna Kavan
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: April 10, 1901
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: French, British
Died: December 5, 1968

 43 Eliza Haywood

Eliza Haywood
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Famous As: British author
Birthdate: 1693 AD
Nationality: British
Died: February 25, 1756

 44 Angus Wilson

Angus Wilson
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: August 11, 1913
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
Died: May 31, 1991

 45 Charlotte Mew

Charlotte Mew
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: November 15, 1869
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British
Died: March 24, 1928

 46 Penelope Gilliatt

Penelope Gilliatt
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: March 25, 1932
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
Died: May 9, 1993

 47 Frederick Rolfe

Frederick Rolfe
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: July 22, 1860
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British
Died: October 25, 1913

 48 E. Phillips Oppenheim

E. Phillips Oppenheim
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: October 22, 1866
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British
Died: February 3, 1946

 49 Oliver Onions

Oliver Onions
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 13, 1873
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British
Died: April 9, 1961

 50 Michael Arlen

Michael Arlen
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: November 16, 1895
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British, American
Died: June 23, 1956